Cheryl Hermann, 65, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. Cheryl had a long, tough battle with pulmonary fibrosis (caused by an ILD) and inoperable lung cancer. She was in terminal condition for over a year and a half and in Hospice for almost a year.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Karl Hermann, her daughter, Stephanie Johnson (Lucas) and grandson Nathan, her son Will Tyndall (Krissy) and grandsons Brandon and Ethan all of Thornton, Colorado, her sister Linda Kallas (Jimmy) of Oceanside, California, her brother Gary Dester (Irene) of Belcherton, Massachusetts, her brother Doug Dester (Denise) of Torrance, California, and her brother Scott Dester of Littleton, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Dester and Dorothy Wooster, and her brother Billy Dester, all from Southern California.
Cheryl spent the first half of her life in California and the second half of her life in Colorado. She was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Her parents divorced when she was twelve and in her mid-teens she started a series of moves with her father to different coastal communities in southern California, Los Angles County; El Segundo, Venice, Malibu, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. She married young and had two children (Stephanie and Will). She worked as an Enhanced Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA) in dentistry, oral surgery, and a veterinary clinic. She later taught future dental assistants in career colleges. In Colorado, she lived in Westminster, Arvada, Harsell, Shawnee and Broomfield. She divorced her first husband and years later met Karl in May of 2016 in Broomfield. Cheryl and Karl were married a year later.
Cheryl loved animals !!! A year after they were married, they moved to a ranch in Ponderosa Park so they could comfortably keep more animals. She achieved one of her dreams of having a large flock of birds and horses. At the height of our pet ownership they had thirteen birds (ten cockatoos and three macaws), two horses, three llamas, five dogs, and four cats. Unfortunately, health issues caught up to both of them. In early 2022, they had to move to Thornton to be close to her family and medical care and rehome most of their animals.
Cheryl was a very happy person with a huge heart. She is missed very much. We will have a Celebration of Life for Cheryl on May 22, 2024 in the Thornton, Colorado or nearby area.
If you wanted to send something, no flowers, please just make a donation in her memory to the Gabriel Foundation, a 501 C(3) parrot (bird) sanctuary.
The Gabriel Foundation
39520 County Road 13
Elizabeth, Colorado 80107