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“I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Cheryl that well but as a fellow classmate it saddens me whenever we loose another classmate. May God be...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Ramonda Decker Bickel - Andrews, IN

“Eric and I are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. She left you way to soon, bUT she was awesome in how much she achieved in her 61 years. Our...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Eric and Nancy Forst - Garrett, IN

“I work in the office of Bluffton Elementary School and Cheryl always took the time to chat with me when she was in the office. She would ask how me...Read More »
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Cheryl Ann Rethlake, 61 of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was born on Tuesday, April 22, 1958 in Fort Wayne to the late Harold and Phyllis (Warfel) Rethlake. Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Frances College, Majoring in Mental Retardation and learning disabilities k-12. A Master's degree in Emotional Handicapped k- 12 from Indiana University Southeast. She obtained an Indiana life license for the mentally retarded, learning disabled and emotionally handicapped, giving her the opportunity to teach children k-12. Cheryl taught special education for 39 years and the last 12 years at the Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School. Was a long time member at the Fellowship Missionary Church. She loved the outdoors from gardening, hiking, and flowers. She enjoyed family time, cooking, and was a huge Notre Dame fan. Cheryl is survived by her brothers; Kent (Marylou) and Brian (Sheila) Rethlake; sister, Carol (Richard) Spath; Nieces and nephews, Brenda, David, Dan, Jason, Jessica, Ryan, and Brooke. She is also preceded in passing by her nephew Richard. A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the D.O. McComb &Sons funeral home 6301 Fairfield Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46807 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial at Riverside Cemetery in Andrews, IN to follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Special Education program at Harrison Elementary School in Bluffton, Indiana. Condolences may be left online at www.mccombandsons.com