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The Weaver by B.M. Franklin (1882 – 1965)
"My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaves so skillfully.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why-
The dark threads are as needful,
In The Weaver’s skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned."
With gold threads at her fingers and hues of silver in her hair, Cheryl wove a beautiful tapestry in her faith and love of family. Born on May 28, 1954 to the late Bernard and Evelyn Lotharius in Wausau, WI, Cheryl Mae was one of 9 children. As a child, Cheryl wove many colorful threads among the friends and faces she encountered working at her mothers restaurant Ev’s Cozy Lunch. Those stitches in time would vary, but her hard work, gentle hand and love for others never wavered.
That love would lead her to one of unity on June 24, 1972 when she married Randall Strehlow at Holy Name Church in Wausau, WI. While they would grow and enjoy many moments and travels together, the greatest of all joy was found in their children Chad (Susan) Strehlow and Timothy (Vicki) Strehlow.
Laughter will always echo in ripples across the lake where summers of memories were made and stories grow with each telling. They would later settle their sanctuary of beautiful gardens and God’s little creatures at their home on the Wisconsin River greeted by seasons of change and added blessings.
In colors rich and vibrant, Cheryl’s pride of her grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth, Ty & Coy, was woven in kisses and kindness as a fan favorite cheering on any number of athletic events, activities, awards and recognitions along with lazy poolside days, snuggles and the most famous sugar cookies. Where time seemed none, grandma always found more no matter what or when the need arose.
Cheryl will join her tiny granddaughter Savana Rose at the gates of Heaven where they will dance with angels. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13
A Memorial Service will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court Weston, WI. Friends are asked to join Cheryl’s family in celebrating her life from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. A reception will follow the service.
The family wishes to extend many thanks to all of the friends, family and neighbors who shared in their kindness, thoughts, prayers and support throughout this difficult time. We are further blessed and humbled by the extended care and selfless commitment of her sister and guardian angel Cindy Krueger along this journey.
Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Share online condolences with the family at www.brainardfuneral.com