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Cheryl S. Markiewicz

Cheryl Shannon Markiewicz, age 67, of Hockessin and Lewes, DE passed away peacefully from breast cancer at home in Hockessin on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Cheryl was the first born to John "Jack" and Betty Everett Shannon. Cheryl graduated from Corpus Christi HS and received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Delaware. She began her career as a Special Education teacher and retired as the Educational Diagnostician at Christiana HS. As she began the next phase of her life, she married her husband Bob, and together, with the arrival of their son, Justin, engaged in a multitude of sports, cultural, educational, volunteering activities, and especially the enjoying the beach.

Cheryl's own volunteer activities, all too numerous to mention, included teaching GED classes as well as state-run educational classes for unwed mothers and prison parolees. She was an active member of many boards and committees including the Mendenhall Village Civic Association, the Irish Culture Club and area library associations.

While serving as a member of the Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery, Cheryl became involved with State Sen. Margaret Rose Henry's Cemetery Committee. She was appointed to the State Cemetery Board in 2009. Her proudest moment as a member of the Riverview Cemetery Board was researching the cemetery history and chairing the committee. Her work resulted in the Riverview Cemetery being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. This also led to procuring a State of Delaware marker for the cemetery in 2013.

Her never-ending passion for genealogy began in 1978 and carried with her until her final days. This included membership on many local, state and national historical societies and administering the Shannon surname Y-DNA group at Family Tree.

Cheryl always loved her summers at the beach; spending her childhood and later summers at Piney Point in Ocean View, DE were her favorite memories. Her passion for the beach continued as she spent her later years at Lewes. Always having been a sports participant, Cheryl found her niche with the sport of pickle ball, which provided her hours of fun and exercise as well as a plethora of new friends up and down the state.

Cheryl is pre-deceased by her parents, her sister, Colleen, and her brother, Michael. She is survived by her devoted and caring husband, Robert F. of Hockessin; her loving son, Justin R. of Silver Spring, MD and three sisters, Betsy, Jackie, and Jeannie.

Bob and Justin would like to thank Delaware Hospice, a wonderful organization who provided exceptional care and compassion. Extended gratitude goes to Beth, Michelle, Linda, and Joelle who always left us feeling like it was a great day.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, at 12:00 noon at St. John the Beloved Church, 905 Milltown Rd. A visitation period will be held beforehand from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, we suggest contributions to Delaware Hospice, Newark Office, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711, or Ulster Project DE, 401 N West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or Nemours/AI DuPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 or any charity of your choosing.

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Submitted by Aw on
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To the family and friends of Cheryl I am sorry for your loss. Continue to draw close to god (James 4:8) he can and will help you get through this difficult time.

Submitted by Gene and Mary A... on
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Cheryl will be truly missed by our family. She was a wonderful caring person who was always there for anyone and always willing to help anyone in need. Our family is so happy to have been able to spend time the last few years enjoying time spent with all of you. We love you all. We will truly miss her.

Submitted by Richard Kapolka on
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Sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. I worked with her at CHS and I remember her as a very caring and dedicated teacher and ED she had an impact on countless youth and fellow teachers and administrators. She will be missed!

Submitted by Val on
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Rest In Peace Now!-God Bless Her Now!-

Submitted by Irene (Prince) Fick on
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I was so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. We lost touch over the years, but I have fond memories of her when our sons were friends in Wilmington, years ago. She was a kind and loving spirit and my sympathies go out to her husband and son.

Submitted by Anita Marie Cole on
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God bless you, Cheryl.

Submitted by Marie McIntosh on
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Worked with Cheryl for many years. A wonderfully caring teacher and friend. May she rest in peace.

Submitted by dan thorp on
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hey guys really sorry to hear about the passing of cheryl......alot of good memories from a long time ago.....adios amiga y vayas con dios

Submitted by Thomas downs on
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Cheryl was w one of a kind soul. She was a tough cookie but made you feel respected and valued. I was so fortunate to have known her and worked with her.

Submitted by Dave and Mary P... on
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Bob and Justin, so sorry for your loss. Will pray for you. May Cheryl RIP.

Submitted by Dave and Mary P... on
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Bob and Justin, so sorry for your loss. Will pray for you. May Cheryl RIP.

Submitted by Marie Doherty on
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Bob, please accept my deepest condolences on Cheryl’s passing. From high school basketball (she was much better than me) to our last meeting at lunch at the beach, Cheryl always had a way to be both serious and fun at the same time. I cannot imagine how you feel. So sorry.

Submitted by Anne Hill on
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My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. May the "...God of all comfort..." be with you during this sad period. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) ~ (Psalm 83:18)

Submitted by Sally Williams on
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Bob and Justine -- My heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time. May cherished memories help during the grief you must be experiencing. Personally, I have fond memories volunteering with her on project with the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society. Cheryl will be sorely missing. May she now rest in peace with no pain or suffering. Sally

Submitted by John Merritt on
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We will miss her on the pickleball courts at Mid County Senior Center. Play with the Saints and don't let them beat you.

Submitted by Charity Patton on
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To the Family, Extending my heartfelt condolences to you at this sad time. I worked at Christiana with Cheryl. My prayers are being offered up for you. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. With Sympathy, Charity Patton

Submitted by Marie Daniels on
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Bob, I am truly sorry to hear about your wife. Life does not end at the grave but only begins, her last breath on earth was her first breath in heaven seeing our savior face to face. I believe we went to to Holy Spirit school together. Again, I am sorry about your loss, Marie

Submitted by Barb Viera on
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So sorry to here about the passing of Cheryl. I was a professor for her at the University of Delaware and also served as her Supervisor for her Student Teaching experience. Years later, it was a pleasant surprise to renew our friendship on the pickleball courts at Mid County Senior Center. She was a wonderful, passionate individual in all she did. She will truly be missed. Condolences to her entire family.

Submitted by John & Joy Frazer on
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Bob & Justin We are so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We pray for God to give you strength.

Submitted by Karen Schranck ... on
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I am so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. We all knew each other from Heritage Park and St. John the Beloved. Colleen her sister was my dear friend through 8th grade. Cheryl and I carpooled with our sons for rowing. Such a nice woman. My condolences to your family.

Submitted by Rebecca on
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I am sorry for your loss. May you find  from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17 .

Submitted by Estee Ciarlone on
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Bob, I’m so sorry to hear about Cheryl. We use to chat and occasionally play Pickleball together. She was a great gal. Estee

Submitted by Rebecca on
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My sincere condolence to you and your family. May you find comfort in the words that God promise from John 5:28,29.