Cheryl Emswiler

Cheryl Ann Emswiler

Thursday, October 9th, 1969 - Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Cheryl Ann Emswiler, 50, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020. She was born on October 9, 1969, the daughter of Gary Lee Woodward and Myra (Tarrance) Woodward. She loved being a Shipt Shopper for the community of Battle Creek. Her greatest treasure and legacy were her children and grandchildren; who she devoted every available moment to their care and support.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Chris Emswiler; father, Gary Woodward; sister, April Woodward-Slack; children, Bryan Woodward, Travis Hollis, Courtney Hollis, Kaitlynne (Ben) Reed, Shelby Platteborze, Brennen Platteborze; stepchildren, Zachary Emswiler, Jakob Emswiler, Noah Emswiler, Gabriel Emswiler, Israel Emswiler; grandchildren, Abigail Woodward, Bentley Woodward, Daniel Hollis, Mila Hollis, Damian Hollis, Marshall Reed; Uncle, Ken Watson; Aunt, Gail Watson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Myra Woodward.

She enjoyed reading, going to the beach (or anywhere that was warm), going to yard sales (Looking for treasures, whether they were needed or not). Cheryl was a lifelong friend to many and sought to comfort everyone she met.

The funeral service will be held at the Wakeshma Community Church, 16732 East UV Ave, Fulton, Michigan on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 PM with Pastor David Mackaluso of Wakeshma Community Church officiating, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Cheryl’s name may be made to the family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Wakeshma Community Church
    16732 East UV Avenue
    FULTON, MI 49052
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Wakeshma Community Church
    16732 East UV Avenue
    FULTON, MI 49052
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Julie Freeman (Idema)n

Posted at 04:50pm
Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. She was still so young. My love & prayers are with you and all of your family. May God's perfect peace keep you all in this time of loss and sorrow. Hugs & much love from Texas, Julie

Kaitlynne Reed

Posted at 09:43am
If anyone knows how much i hate public speaking and speeches, it's my mom. It's just one of many things we have in common. My mom was my best friend. We texted each other 24/7, saw each other almost every day, and did everything together. If anything funny, new, something slightly inconvenient happened, or even something simple and pointless such as "i had cereal for dinner" we texted it to each other. If one of us had to go to the store and the other didn't need to, we still both went. In fact, if for some reason one of us couldn’t go, we would find an excuse on why we suddenly need to go a different day so that we could go together.

My mom may not have made all of the best decisions during her life, but she did make sure of one thing: us kids were always beyond taken care of. She did whatever it took even if it meant donating plasma twice a week to keep the lights on. Mom loved us no matter what stupid decisions we made or hurtful things we said. Or even if you left her during a 5k. In 4th grade mom decided to run my girls on the run 5k with me. Except she wanted to walk after the first few minutes and I didn't. So i left her with my friend Miranda. She was always so mad at me for leaving her behind. But thats not the best part. Mom thought she deserved a medal for finishing the race too so she had me go get a 2nd medal so she could have one. So I did. Although looking back, she hated running. In fact, she always said if you caught her running you better run too because its life or death. She wasn't going to run for any other reason. Except maybe cheesecake.

It was always the simple things in life that made mom happy. I remember right after mom moved into their new house in November. She texted me so excited because not only was her bathtub deep, but it also had built in armrests.

Everyday I wake up i pray that this is all just a bad dream. Mom will never get to see me become a kindergarten teacher, help me pick out my wedding dress, see marshall's first day of school, or countless other events which is beyond heartbreaking. However, mom always said she wouldn't know what to do without her dad, and she never had to go a day without him. She was at the happiest she had ever been in life: all of us kids are getting along, she loved her job, she bought a house with the love of her life, loved spending time with her grandchildren and was genuinely happy. She never had to worry about whether she had to go in a nursing home or whose basement she was gonna live in in the future which was a common conversation, and she never had to worry about cancer which is what took her mother. Although tragic, she didn't suffer or worry, but went out happy, something that was never easy for her.

Mom was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter, and grandma. I hope to be half the women my mother was. I love you mom.


Chris Emswiler Posted at 06:29am

I see her everyday in you and your sisters and brothers. I see her in the laughter and tears and even the decisions made, as you think what would mom do. I am honored to be there in every situation you will have me. She is certainly watching us closer than ever now to make sure we walk there party she set for us. I/we love you. Thank you for your life, your time, and your stories.

Laura Seaver

Posted at 08:00pm
As a friend from long ago, I feel blessed to have stayed in touch with Cheryl. She shared her love for her children and grandchildren. Cheryl ached with her children's struggles celebrated their successes. She was overjoyed as a grandmother. Cheryl was blessed to have found Chris, to have a happy marriage and a partner she knew would continue to love and care for her kids. May she rest peacefully knowing that she was well loved.

Chris Emswiler Posted at 06:30am

Thank you Laura

Chris Emswiler Posted at 06:30am

Thank you Laura

Chris Emswiler

Posted at 05:06am
Cheryl was my wife, and my best friend. She gave me the greatest gift of her life, her time and her family. Both of which I will treasure every moment. Cheryl taught me many things only a wife can teach a husband. 🤔 She was quick to let me know, when I had been doing something wrong, all of my life. One time she notified me that I breathe to loud. 😅 Another time I was informed that I didn't eat soup or cereal correctly. 🤣 I was regularly asked how I survived without her. There were regular comments and suggestions on everything from my driving to the clothes I wore, and she would gently correct me in all. I truly say all of this in humor.
She was my very best friend. My true light of day. I was daily in awe of her tenacity, her drive, and her determination to complete her goals. She was amazing every moment. She is still here in her greatest accomplishment, her children. She was completely dedicated to their lives, their moments of joy and pain, even their random thoughts and rants. Cheryl loved the warm weather of the south and did her best to hibernate in the winter. She hated driving at night, but neither winter not night would stand in her way, if she got a call from one of her children. Everything else melted away until they were taken care of.
Cheryl taught me you can return absolutely anything. And to prove that regularly bought something this week, just to change her mind and return it the next. We once bought a new TV and left it in the box for weeks, just in case she changed her mind. She even returned a tattoo she got, because the artist input too much of his own artistic license with it.
She adored every breath of life she spent with her grand children. She would push herself daily to get up early and Shipt, so she could be done early and be available for her family.
We who know her best, loved her deeply and miss her more than the words we can say or the tears that rip from our soul can show.
Thank you my darling, for the very best moments of your life. Thank you for expanding my family to include the very best of everything you ever are in your children, who I consider my own. Our children are amazing every day. Our grandchildren are the most beautiful and precious joys. And we miss you beyond understanding. Good night Darling, Rest well. I'll see you soon. I love you most.

Lisa Eddy Posted at 07:22pm

Like A Castle Built Upon A Sandy Beach... Gone Too Soon. It warms my heart knowing Cheryl finally found true love and was in a happy and healthy relationship. She so truly loved you Chris and valued you. The way you took care of her, the partnership and friendship... nothing could come close to what you two were building together. She was so proud of all of her kids and grandkids and can rest easy knowing they will be ok because they are loved by many.

Pete Schiedler

Posted at 07:41pm
From the first time I met you in 1986 at Barrington High School, I knew you would play a special part in my life. Many years later I still feel the same way..even after you are gone. We both learned things about each other that no one else knew. For that, we had developed a relationship that neither one of us would ever share with anyone again. You have always been the love of my life, and forevermore will be. May you fly with the angels and get all that you ever wanted the you couldn’t get here on earth

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