Cheryl Ann Ahrens

Cheryl Ann Ahrens, age 67, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM on Friday, July 1, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Thi Pham officiating.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are: Brian Ahrens, Dharian Ahrens, Landyn Sherman, Jackson Sherman, Janelle Pekas, and Kaili Jo DeVries.

Cheryl Ann Ahrens was born May 9, 1955, in Wagner, South Dakota, to Robert and Phyllis (Burke) Rezac.  She grew up in Wagner with her nine siblings and graduated from Wagner High School in 1973.  She married Doug Ahrens later that year and moved to Coco Beach, Florida, while Doug was in the Air Force.  They later moved to Valrico, Florida, where Cheri took great pride in raising her family and being a stay at home mom.  She moved to Yankton, South Dakota, in 1993 and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Jon Baumann for many years.

Cheri was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton and the Yankton Toastmasters.  She had a big heart, a big laugh, and a wonderful sense of humor.  She had a gift of always being able to make anyone feel welcome.  She loved to make others laugh and always had a story to tell. She was a proud mother and grandmother but also known as a second mother to many since her door was always open.

It was the little things in life that made Cheri the happiest. Some of the things she enjoyed the most were fireworks, live music, the color purple, the smell of lilacs, cooking big meals for her family – her specialty being pork chops and plum dumplings.  She loved celebrating Christmas as this was her favorite holiday and she always went all out for her family.  She loved her family above everything else.  She loved listening to her granddaughter Dharian sing and spending time with her grandchildren as they were her pride and joy.  We take comfort in knowing that Cheri and her daughter, Thera are together again and are watching over us.

Survivors include her son, Brian Ahrens of Yankton, South Dakota; three grandchildren: Landyn, Jackson, and Dharian; four sisters: Coleen Rezac of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Denise (Dwight) DeVries of Yankton, South Dakota; Lisa (Tim) Durst of Hills, Minnesota; and Pam (Jim) Fritz of Winner, South Dakota; three brothers: Dave (Barb) Rezac of Tampa, Florida; Doug (Ly) Rezac of Aberdeen, South Dakota; and Pat (Ruby) Rezac of Jacksonville, Florida; brother-in-law, Gary Honner of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Thera and two sisters: Lynette Honner and Barbara Rezac.





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15 response to "Cheryl Ann Ahrens"

  1. By: Jan & Butch Martin Posted: June 28, 2022

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. By: David Ahrens Posted: June 28, 2022

    Last I talked to Cheri was at dad’s funeral service in 2019, wheel chair bound but she was for the most part still there mentally. Cheri was always there for her family and loved us dearly! I’ll miss her…

  3. By: Jill Perk Posted: June 28, 2022

    I have so many fun memories of Cheri, from kindergarten to our senior year. She was always laughing and will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends…

  4. By: Barbara Peterson Posted: June 28, 2022

    My thoughts and prayers to all of you. 🙏🙏🙏

  5. By: Mary Zacharias Snyder Posted: June 28, 2022

    Sending my love and prayers. I had a lot of fun with Cheryl in high school. She was so fun to be around. Especially with her awesome contagious laugh. Many happy memories. Mary

  6. By: Tara Toupal Posted: June 28, 2022

    I spent many hours over at Cheryl house hanging with Thera. She did always have her door open to everyone and she always made you feel welcomed. Cheryl had a contagious smile and her laugh I will never forget. She loved her family and would always share special memories when at her house. Sending prayers to Cheryls family and I agree that Thera was awaiting her mom with welcoming arms!

  7. By: Marlene Youngbluth Johnson Posted: June 28, 2022

    I have never met this dear lady, but I am from Wagner, SD and well remember how saddened the whole community was when her dad , Bob Rezac died , leaving her Mom with a large family to raise alone. Phyliss Burke Rezac was a dear soul and I can see the resemblance in her dear daughter. RIP dear, you are in great company.

  8. By: Leona& Dennis Krsnak Posted: June 29, 2022

    We send our sympathy to the family of Cheri. Cheri came from a lovely family. Each one is so special. I (leona) is a first cousin to Cheri. and the rest of her siblings. Peace & love to you all. Our thoughts, blessings & grace

  9. By: Mary DeLozier Posted: June 29, 2022

    My deepest sympathies to Cherie’s family. Always fun and cared so much for every life she touched. RIP my friend.

  10. By: John & Cheryl Masur Posted: June 29, 2022

    Another Rezac kid. We were very close cousins growing up in Wagner. Hard to believe she’s gone. She was from a big family of Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis Rezac, and Uncle Bob was one of 12 kids. Sorry for your loss and RIP Cheri.

  11. By: Lori Lockman Posted: June 29, 2022

    Sending my condolences. Cheri was so funny and kind. Often treating Thera’s friends like her own children. I always looked forward to seeing her and her “checking up” on how I was doing since my last visit. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed.

  12. By: Muriel Steinhauer Posted: June 29, 2022

    So sorry for your loss 🙏🙏. May God bless you all in this uncertain time. Remember The body of life is fragile but the Soul of life is Eternal 💕

  13. By: Katie (Lapour) Wiertzema Posted: June 30, 2022

    My deepest sympathies for Cheri’s family. What an incredible woman. She was like a second mother to me throughout my teenage years. There are so many great memories with her and Thera. We shared many laughs, tears, travels and created wonderful memories. Sending love and prayers to you all.

  14. By: wintzray Posted: June 30, 2022

    My deepest sympathies for Cheri’s family. What an incredible woman. She was like a second mother to me throughout my teenage years. There are so many great memories with her and Thera. We shared many laughs, tears, travels and created wonderful memories. Sending love and prayers to you all.
    Katie (Lapour) Wiertzema

  15. By: Colleen McCabe Posted: July 2, 2022

    Sympathy and prayers for the family of Cheryl. She surely resembles her mom! Phyliss was my first cousin as Grace Burke and my Dad (Sheriff Frank McCabe) were sister and brother. Cheryl was a few years younger than me but I remember her as a child. She is now wrapped in the glorious love of Our Savior.

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