Cheryl Gay Peterson
January 2, 1944 ~ February 28, 2018
Cheryl Peterson, 74, Brandon SD, passed away on February 28, 2018, surrounded by family.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm, on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home, 1801 Frontier St., in Brandon.
Cheryl Gay Westby was born on January 2, 1944 in Omaha, NE to Ervin and Helen Westby. When she was two the family moved from Omaha, where Ervin was stationed, to Sisseton, SD. Cheryl graduated from Sisseton High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Augustana College.
Cheryl married John R. Peterson on July 5, 1969. They had two children, Heidi Joy and Benjamin John Westby-Peterson, whom they loved dearly.
Cheryl was a passionate educator who believed in the potential for every student to learn grammar and how to write a good story. She taught English at Tri-Valley Junior High and Brandon Valley Middle School for many years. She was honored as Tri-Valley Teacher of the Year for 1996-1997. Cheryl loved her family, friends, music and her beautiful garden. She was a creative and enthusiastic writer. Cheryl’s cards and funny letters brought much joy, love and laughter to all that received them.
Cheryl is survived by her children and grandchildren, Heidi and Jacob; Ben, April, Hunter and Harper; sisters, Lynel and Jane; nieces, nephews and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Ervin and Helen Westby; and brother, Dean.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Brandon Valley Middle School Angel Fund, 700 E Holly Blvd, Brandon, SD 57005.
The family wishes to thank Cheryl’s friends for their love and the staff of Bethany Home and Ava’s House for their compassionate care.