Cheryl Jeanne Raines Frese | The Gazette





Cheryl Jeanne Raines Frese, 74, formerly of Watkins, beloved and best friend of Donald H. Frese died at her home in Fairfax on Friday, January 21, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St Jude’s Catholic Church by the Reverend Mark Murphy. Burial: Watkins Cemetery in

a later date. A Vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Teahen Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, where friends can visit family after the Vigil until

7 p.m., and Tuesday after 9:30 a.m. at the church. From

to concerns about COVID-19, family members and friends are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and observe social distancing at the funeral home and church.

Cheryl was born in 1947 to Marvin and Lucille

Thompson Raines in Vinton, Iowa. Cheryl was the last class to graduate from Geneseo High School in 1965. She then became a technical nurse for Mercy Hospital in 1966 through the Mercy Nursing Tech program.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Don; three children, nine grandchildren and one future great-grandson: Eric (Alisha) Frese, Jackson, Cora and Enslee of Watkins, Iowa; Tara (Justin) Kenadi, Kaylor and Kooper Schulte of New London; and Keli, Taitlyn, Rylee and Emerson of Newhall, Iowa. She is also survived by her stepmother, Thelma Frese; two brothers-in-law, John (Linda) Frese and Dennis Frese; several nephews; and two special nieces, Shannon Suggs and Ashlee Bennett.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Marvin (Rick) Raines; and stepfather, Delbert Frese.

On August 31, 1971, Cheryl married the love of her life, Donald. Cheryl was the most supportive wife of Don’s many endeavors. Cheryl was a very loving, generous, caring and supportive mother to her three children Eric, Tara and Keli. Cheryl was employed at Frontier Cooperative Herbs for 28 years.

Cheryl will forever be known for her generous, positive and happy side, who always put others first and always wanted to make everyone smile. Cheryl made friends everywhere she went and left lasting impressions at every opportunity. She was truly one in a million and left an imprint on all of us forever. She surely taught her family and friends how to live.

Cheryl was strong in her faith and was very proud of her Cherokee heritage. Cheryl and Don have spent many years traveling. They traveled all over the United States and particularly enjoyed three trips to Europe. Cheryl especially enjoyed visiting churches on her travels. She also enjoyed following and encouraging her son, son-in-law and daughter-in-law who coached their teams. Cheryl also enjoyed going to country, gospel and blue grass concerts. She loved to read and loved to shop. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren. Cheryl called them her “big angels” and will forever be known as “swag.” Her grandchildren were everything to her and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She was most proud of being a swagma.

The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff for the care she received over the years. especially Dr. Saxena and the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital Infusion Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be addressed to the family for a charity of their choice.

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