Cherie E. Statz, age 60, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021 at UW Hospital in Madison with her family by her side following a hard fought battle with cancer.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 2, 2021 at First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Cheryl Davis will officiate. Entombment will be at the Forest Hill Mausoleum. A time of visitation for relatives and friends will be from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 1st at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services on Friday at the church.
Cherie was born March 16, 1961 in Chicago, IL to Lionel “Ben” and Carol (Greenquist) Peden. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 1979. She married her high school sweetheart, Neil Statz, on July 25, 1981 at First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.
She worked for a short time as a certified nursing assistant at Edgewater Haven Nursing Home in Port Edwards. For the past 31 years, she has worked with her “kids” as a paraprofessional in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School system, most recently at Grove Elementary School. She was very proud of her work and was well known as an advocate for the children; someone who listened and gave advice to her students.
Cherie’s life was centered around her family. She loved them fiercely, especially her grandkids and her dog Cadence. The grandkids were her life and she beamed about them to others. She went to every event her family participated in and was known as a professional spectator always providing support for family and friends.
She made friends easily with her warm demeanor, outgoing personality, and great sense of humor. She was genuinely interested in other people’s lives, always sticking up for the underdog and making sure everyone’s voice was heard.
Cherie was a very active volunteer in everything her family took part in. She was a Sunday school teacher at First English Lutheran Church for over 10 years. She also coached ice hockey when her kids were young (while wearing figure skates). Her involvement with hockey eventually led to her working with USA Hockey Development camps as an assistant director.
Cherie was a bit of a motorhead. She loved fast cars and watching NASCAR races. She was very proud of her Harley Davidson motorcycle. She was also very proud of her Norwegian heritage and was a natural Norse athlete. She was an avid Chicago Bears and Blackhawks fan no matter how hard others tried to convert her. Cherie enjoyed playing in dart leagues with her friends. She was an extremely competitive person, especially while playing her family in mini golf.
The entire Peden family camped and attended EAA Airventure every year since 1978. This annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh had a special place in her and her family’s hearts.
Cherie is survived by her husband, Neil; daughter, Kenzie (Maria) Statz of Wisconsin Rapids and their children Johann and Franz; daughter, Amy (Mark) Truckey of De Pere and their children Riley, Teegan and Tanner; her mother, Carol Peden of Wisconsin Rapids; her sisters: Dawn (Edward) Neve and Joy (Gary) Heller; her brothers: Brian (Gail) Peden, Keith Peden, and Neil (Renee) Peden; her godchildren: Steven (Missy) Statz, Eddie (Matthew) Neve, Kyle Anderson, Molly Peden, and Bergen Peden; her mother-in-law, Beatrice Statz; brother-in-law, Mark (Kris) Statz; sisters-in-law: Renee’ (Jim) Gilmore and Connie (Richard) Schaetz; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her father, Ben Peden and father-in-law, Tony Statz.
The family will be establishing a memorial at a later date.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.
Cherie’s family would like to thank all the community members, the WRPS staff, USA Hockey, and especially the faculty and staff at Grove Elementary School for all the love and support they have given. They would also like to thank the UW Hospital staff for the excellent care they provided.
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