Cheryl Lynn Williams
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LAKEVILLE -Cheryl Lynn (Nelson) Williams, 63, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Cheryl was born in Austin, MN on January 16, 1949 to Roland and Dorothy (Meyers) Nelson.She was raised in Lansing, MN and was a graduate of Austin High School in 1967.She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, gardening, baking, entertaining, and sewing.She also enjoyed traveling, especially her fishing trips with special friends Nick, Kathy, and JoAnne.

Cheryl is survived by three children, Kristine (Bart) Anderson, of Las Vegas, NV, Jeffrey (Elizabeth Mills) Williams, of Rosemount, MN, and Kari Bowen, of Lakeville, MN; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Jordan Bowen, of Lakeville; three sisters, Phyllis (Richard) Trabert, of Eagan, MN, Deloris (Michael) Harber, of Austin, MN and Connie (Terry) Bonnes, of Rochester; and her mother, Dorothy Nelson, of Rosemount, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Cheryl is preceded in death by her father, Roland; her infant daughter, Michelle Ann Williams; and her grandparents.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home.Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield at the foot of her father's grave.

The family would like to thank nurses and doctors of ICU 10-3 at Rochester Methodist Hospital.A special thanks to Dr. Talwalker.



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Rochester, Minnesota 55902
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Rochester, MN 55901
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C Chris Kassulke on Oct 6, 2013

My mom wrote some words on here without my permission. Although I decline the path known as "love and prayers", I am a "heart and thoughts" person.

K Kelly Kaiser on Apr 5, 2012

Kristine & Bart, Kari & the entire family, I am so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. Find comfort that her suffering has ended & she is in a place where there is no pain. My God grant you peace & healing and may you find joy in the memories you have created with her. I will be with you on Friday.

G Gail Penny on Apr 4, 2012

Kristine and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  She must have been very special because I know Kristine sure is.   She will always be with you.

D Debra Muckenhirn on Apr 4, 2012

Kari, Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and the girls.  May the Lord comfort you all and may her memory bring much joy to your hearts always.  You are so very not forget that.

Debra, MyKaila, MegAnne, AJ, and Heather-Nevaeh

P Pastor Duane Sarazin on Apr 4, 2012

Dear Family,

I just want you to know that I am holding you in my prayers and asking the Lord to give you comfort and peace in this time of tremendous loss. I remember Cheryl as a wonderful woman of God, a loving Mom, and a person with a great sense of humor. Heaven''s gain is our loss. Blessings on you all as you remember her with family and friends at the visitation and celebration of life service on Friday. I am only sorry that I cannot be there with you, but send my love and prayers.

Pastor Duane Sarazin

S Sharon Anderson on Apr 4, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.  Although I never had the pleasure of knowing Cheryl Personally, I am friends with her daughter Kristine, and if she is anything like Kristine, she will be greatly missed!  

Sharon Anderson

L Lee Reiners on Apr 4, 2012

Kristine, Jeff, and Kari,

You and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  Your mother will truly be missed.


M Michelle Margraf on Apr 4, 2012

Cheryl was a ray of sunshine to everyone who knew her.  I could not help but smile when I had the opportunity to be near her.  She was such a wonderful friend to my mom, Kathy, and my daughter called her "Auntie Cheryl" because she was like a member of the family.  I will never forget her big warm bear hugs, and contagious smile!

Even though Cheryl has gone to be with the Lord, in all of the hearts of the people she touched over the years, a piece of her spirit will remain.  My deepest condolences to Cheryl's family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

M Mike and Alyssa Rasmussen and family on Apr 4, 2012

Kari, to you and your family we send our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.  We all had the pleasure of getting to know your mom and she was a wonderful person.  Be thankful for the time you had with her and know that she is in a much better place right now and will forever be looking down on you and your families.  Please know that if you need anything, please don't hesitate to call.  Peace be with you all!

S Sue and Chris Kassulke on Apr 4, 2012


We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother.  We wish we could have known her as you always spoke so lovingly of her.  Understanding what a great loss this is for all who knew her, we send our love and prayers.  God bless you and your family, may His great love comfort you at this sad time, and always.

N Nick Reindl on Apr 4, 2012

Dorothy, Jeff, Kris, Kari and all of Cheryl''s family,

Cheryl has been such an inspiration with her strength and

positive attitude. Her warmth and caring spirit have

blessed us all.  We will miss her but can take joy in the

love and laughter she brought to us.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Nick

K Kathy Colbert on Apr 4, 2012

It is so difficult to imagine the sense of loss you all must all feel.  I know I will miss Cheryl''''s infectious smile, her "can do" attitude, her sense of adventure, her fun loving personality, her fabulous cooking talent and that little gleam and twinkle in her eyes that meant she was "up" to something.  But most of all, I will miss her as a VERY dear friend.  I know she will always be a part of me and a great source of inspiration for how to live life to the fullest.

My thoughts and love are with you all.

T Tiffany Jacobsen on Apr 3, 2012

My prayers are with you and your family:She was an amazing woman,with a verry warm heart and kind spirit:Blessings to you and your family.Praying God comforts you in this time of greiving.God bless!!

C Christine Hernandez on Apr 3, 2012

To my co-worker and friend Kristine, you are an amazing woman and I know how proud your mother must be of you knowing all you are doing to honor and celebrate her life.  Cherish your memories of her always, as she cherished you as her daugher.

With love and affection,




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