Date of Death: October 12, 2019
In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Gourdneck Prairie Cemetery located on Portage Rd, Vicksburg, MI 49097. A luncheon will held following graveside services at American Legion Post # 170, 59990 S. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093.
Cheryl Ann (Mandly) Barker, age 75 of Vicksburg, MI passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Cheryl was born in Gary, IN on June 6, 1944 the daughter of Antone and Christina (Engle) Mandly-Berg. Cheryl’s father passed away when she was two years old. Her mother married Fredrick John Berg who truly became her father.
Cheryl received her degree in Nursing from Illinois-Masonic Hospital (Chicago). She began her career as a Registered Nurse and worked in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital. Cheryl would continue her nursing career for over 50 years, which included working at Bronson Hospital, and Heartland Healthcare Center. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary #261 Cedar Lake Indiana.
While in nursing school Cheryl would meet the love of her life William Charles Barker on a blind date. They married August 20,1966 then moved to Michigan where they created their life together on Barton Lake, Vicksburg, MI. Cheryl enjoyed cooking, gardening, antiquing, but most of all Cheryl loved being on the lake. She could be found enjoying the sunshine, boating, fishing, water skiing and entertaining. Her love for the lake taught her adored children, grandchildren, foster grandchildren, and great
grandchildren to love the lake life as well.
She was preceded in passing by her parents, her husband Bill, and one daughter, Sandra Barker.
Surviving to cherish her loving memory is son, William John Barker, daughter Cheryl Lou Moore, both of Vicksburg; sisters, Luana (David) Klaas, Ruth(Randy) Deweese, Annette (Terry) DeVries, and Verna (Robert) Carr, brother, John (Tana) Berg; grandchildren, Courtney, Mitchell and Isaiah Moore, William
and Anna Barker, Jessica Johnson, and Latorya Smith, nine great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial donations may be directed to American Legion Auxiliary # 261 1305 Washington St. Cedar Lake In 46303. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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Bill and Cheryl, I am so sorry about your Mother’s passing. May you find peace. God bless.
Bill and Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Cheryl and I had a lot of laughs many years ago, and I will never forget her. Hugs to you and the family
Ma Barker was so special to all of us knowing her. She was Barton Lake time and time again! Cheryl and Bill, we are so sorry for your loss! Big hugs to both of you and remember she will always be remembered by our special events, parties and memories that she shared
I met Bill and Cheryl many moons ago when they could no longer watch my semi-weekly spills trying to drop a ski and slalom behind a 40hp Johnson outboard. Bill and Cheryl went out of their way to get the OK from my parents to help me learn the ropes. Two handles and a white belt style life preserver. (Probably child abuse now. LOL). This began a long and caring relationship with the Barker family, John B, and Mellow Yellow. Babysitting Punk and Tige so mom and dad could slip away once a year. Teaming up with John during summers to do the same as well as washing and waxing mellow yellow and doing our best to drive Bill, and especially Cheryl, nuts. I remember learning at an early age that it was Pepsi in a glass bottle poured over ice, never Coke. Digging a dry well with multiple ski breaks, and Cheryl always feeding me like a king, as well as like a member of the family. They were and still are my family. Did I mention Zucchini casserole? Yum. The relationship has always remained close even when life saw interruptions in our ability to connect. Weekend at the lake with Cheryl and crew were the best. Hairy Buffalo’s and Effin butter. Good Lord, the laughter! Always the consummate host, as long as you took off your damn shoes. You didn’t want to mess up her floor! Cheryl, you’ll be missed and always remembered with a smile, especially when playing on YOUR lake! You were always a good sport. Even though I don’t think you ever forgave me for the Christmas lights. LMBO
I am so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing, she was a fun and feisty woman! I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad as our next door neighbors. My Mom would always say “There’s no place like the lake”, and your Mom would heartily agree, as they both shared the love of the lake! I am truly sorry Bill and Cheryl for your loss, and I am sending you hugs, and prayers to help you through your grief.
Thinking of you Cheryl and wishing you moments of peace and comfort at this time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Love this! So beautiful! Love to you, my fellow Cheryl Barker (Moore) and your family! Ma was quite the woman.
You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of transition. Love to all of you.
Big hugs and positive thoughts for the entire Barker family. May God continue to give you strength.