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February 21, 2020

2/5/2020 8:04:00 AM
Cheryl Henderson dies following lengthy illness

Cheryl Ann Henderson, age 61, of Rochester died of complications from a lengthy battle of COPD and emphysema on Feb. 2, 2020 at St. Marys Hospital surrounded by family.
Cheryl was born on April 9, 1958 at St. Marys Hospital to Dick and Dory Yennie, the oldest of seven children and was raised in High Forest. She graduated from Stewartville High School in 1976 and went on to marry Tim Van Den Hemel in 1979. That marriage brought into this world two daughters, Misty and Nicki. They were later divorced. Cheryl spent many years as a single mother doing whatever necessary to raise strong women. While playing softball, she later met and fell in love with Don Henderson, who had three daughters of his own, Cherokeeia, Shanna, and Sara; their marriage united the family. They were also later divorced.
Cheryl loved music and anyone who knew her expected to hear, "Play 'Name That Tune' with me" as soon as they walked in the door. Her children remember vividly the 'dance parties' with her any night of the week! Her love of music inspired every one of her children to sing and/or participate in playing a musical instrument. Cheryl loved playing cards and bingo and when she was healthier, softball. She loved her grandchildren fiercely! She didn't always have an easy life; but in Heaven, life is good.
Cheryl is preceded in death by all her grandparents and an infant sister.
She is survived by her parents, Dick and Dory Yennie of High Forest; daughters, Misty (Jacob) Lauseng of Elkton; Nicki (Brandi) Mollert, of Rochester; Sara (Louis) Henderson, Shanna (Daryl) Harford, and Cherokeeia Henderson, all of Georgia; brothers, Mike, Rich, Tom and their spouses; sisters, Jean, Jo, and Sue and their spouses; grandchildren, Aidan, Elianna, Destiny, Jayla, and Xavier Lauseng; Jaxon, Cherish, and Zoey Mollert; Lavell and Lyric Swayne; Kinnley, Sophia, and Harley Harford, and Alana Ward. She is also survived by her ex-husband and love of her life, Don Henderson.
There are no services at this time, family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

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