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I just found out why my backyard felt so empty: it was that Cheryl was missing. Cheryl and I were backdoor neighbors who met at our fence to talk over the latest events in our lives. Cheryl and I often dog/cat sat for each other. Once Cheryl was staying with my cat, Claude, and she made a video of him. That was a grand gesture which I never forgot. Cheryl would often have a hand full of kittens she had just decided to care for. I never knew how talented Cheryl was or her past life in the military but I did know that was skilled with power tools which she used to build a fence in her backyard. Cheryl would often sit in her backyard among her plants and pool, petting her dogs and texting a friend. She told me once that she attended a Star Wars event in Indy alone and loved it. I think she was very adventurous. Her mother, Jean lived in the house Cheryl now lives in and was a delight, a good role model for Cheryl. Peace to you and your family.
~ gail basine - August 21, 2019
I volunteer at the Schuster and always enjoyed working with Cheryl. I especially enjoyed singing show tunes with her! I will miss her smile and voice this upcoming season.
~ Karla Brun - July 24, 2019
We have been volunteers at the Schuster for 11 years and have enjoyed working with Cheryl. She has always been so friendly and helpful. We will certainly miss her. Dale and Margaret Hill
~ Dale & Margaret Hill - July 22, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl last year on an Independent movie set. I found her to be a straight shooter who was very talented, loved the Arts, Teaching, her Family and EVERYTHING Disney!
My sincere condolences to her Family and Friends.
~ Stephanie Wells - July 22, 2019
I wish so much that I could be there for the service today to say goodbye, but please know that you all are in my thoughts today. I don't think there are enough words in the English language to describe the goodness that was Cheryl. She was one of my first and fiercest friends in Dayton. I met her through theatre, and while I didn't get to do as many shows with her as I would have loved to, she always let me know that she was thinking of me, both there and when I moved back home to Nebraska. She always had a smile for anyone, and was one of the funniest people I have ever met, without trying! She was a gorgeous human being, both inside and out, and knowing how well she cared for her friends, I can only imagine how that was multiplied for her family. Cheryl will be missed, deeply. Thinking of all her family and friends!
~ Suzanne Birnley - July 22, 2019
Cheryl was full of life and great at trivia. Sorry for your loss
~ Lee Lovas - July 22, 2019
All my memories of Cheryl were happy ones. She's could start start singing at the drop of a phrase from something, and I'd like to join in. When I didn't have a seat for a show and would sit in the lobby with her, it was always a good time, sharing life stories and laughing. I'll miss her.
I never had a problem with her, she always treated me with a kind heart, and consideration, frequently with a little quip.
I'll miss her too.
~ Dave and Norma Mears - July 21, 2019
How I loved this woman! One of my favorite times teaching was when she came to Trotwood my last three years in the English department and we got to work together! The laughs!!! She will be greatly missed. I also had for 9th grade English at CJ! She made literature so much fun!
~ Laura Miracle - July 21, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Cheryl’s passing. She was a fun loving and caring person. She touched many lives that passed through the halls of Chaminade Julienne. Cheryl always asked about my children and their well being. She also gave me good advice on my retirement, “take a nap every day, you’ll feel better”. Cheryl’s was a life well lived. She is loved and will be missed by many. God bless Cheryl and her family!
~ Charlene Wheeler - July 21, 2019
I was honored to teach with Cheryl at CJ and was blessed to call her not only a colleague but s friend. Cheryl was such a kind, caring, and inspirational person. She had a great sense of humor and was an amazing storyteller. She was a woman of strong values and principles. She was a wonderful teacher and her love of theater was catching. She lived life to the fullest and was always ready for the next adventure. She will be greatly missed. I will be out of town for her funeral, but please know I am praying for all of you during this very difficult time. My heart goes out to all of you. Angela Ruffolo - CJ teacher
~ Angela Ruffolo - July 21, 2019
Cheryl had a steady, strong, and positive influence on the lives of thousands of students as she taught them English at Chaminade Julienne, especially freshmen who were new to the school. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject were infectious and lasting. Her love of drama and the theater grew as she taught and performed over the years, and her work (a labor of love) at the Schuster and Victoria Theaters paid many dividends that allowed her to see hundreds of live performances. We at CJ will miss her upbeat manner, her great smile, and her positive regard for all who work there and their families.
~ Jim Brooks - July 20, 2019
The Cowan family was large, the first time I noticed Cheryl is when she gave a historical presentation at one of the reunions. I was in grade school at the time and can still remember her talking about Cowan lake and that it may have been named for an ancestor, 'but we can't try to claim it'. After moving to Dayton I saw a bit more of Cheryl and she was kind enough to treat me to a few events at Victoria Theater. I was able to keep up with her adventures via social media, and was pleased to see that we enjoyed some of the geeky world of entertainment. Cheryl was one of my favorite people, kind, sweet and generous. I only knew her a little but she will be greatly missed.
~ Nicki Cowan - July 20, 2019
Dear Kayser family, my sympathy on the loss of Cheryl. I have fond memories of teaching with her at CJ, and of teaching Carey and Jim whom she loved so much.
~ Kathy Turner - July 19, 2019
Cheryl was a great friend! We shared many memories & dog stories esp. about rescued Shelties. Although I can not usher any more I still will miss her.
~ bj Wack - July 19, 2019
I have worked with Cheryl at the Victoria Theatre Association and have a great time working with her she will be missed dearly. Prayers to the family and May God comfort you during this time of losss.
~ Tracy Holly - July 18, 2019
I remember when me and Mrs. Kayser would talk about her kids and how she loved their jobs. In the middle of talking about her kids she would start trying to speak Spanish to me. She was the best substitute teacher that anyone would ask for. When we would find out that she was the substitute teacher for the day everyone would say yay I love her. I could get away with many things when she was in charge. We always had a good laugh no matter in what class. I’m really going to miss her smile, her laughter, and the joy that she brought into the room.
~ Natali Rojas - July 18, 2019
Cheryl was my very first House Manager when I become a volunteer for the Victoria Theatre Association. She always helped me and made me feel special. She will be missed!
~ Carolyn Marshall - July 18, 2019
Cheryl was my first cousin (my mother, Elizabeth is the sister of her father, Murrell.) I have lots of memories of annual Christmas gatherings at our Grandma Cowan's on Highland Ave. in Dayton (including the time I got to visit her doctor when I fell and needed stitches in my chin!) Although we went our separate ways, two 90th birthdays (my mother, Elizabeth and our aunt Roberta) in the past few years offered an opportunity to reconnect. We also followed each other (and shared many similar views) on Facebook. Although I did not have an opportunity to know you James or your children, I trust that your memories--so beautifully reflected in her obituary--will bring you comfort in your loss. She will be missed by so many...
~ Linda Pursley - July 18, 2019
I was lucky enough to meet Cheryl when I first started working at CJ. She had such an optimistic attitude for an English teacher of high school students. However after learning of her accomplishments prior to teaching, I guess she found what she loved. Her family first, her love of English and teaching and her love of the arts. I was so pleasantly surprised when she came back to sub at CJ. We could always count on her to do anything that we asked and she really enjoyed subbing and made real connections with her students. I have talked to many lately who have been deeply saddened by her loss as is the faculty and staff! God bless and RIH.
~ Angela Mason - July 18, 2019
Cheryl had the best sense of humor, making jokes and getting you to laugh every time you talked to her. She was a wonderful House Manager at VTA and a great friend. She had a big heart and loved both people and animals. I remember a few years ago she took in some abandoned kittens and bottle-fed them and made sure each one went to a loving home. The world needs more people like Cheryl. You are greatly missed my friend. Thoughts and prayers to all of Cheryl’s family and friends during this time of grieving.
~ Amy & Kevin Rehfus - July 18, 2019
I will miss Cheryl. She was always willing to go the extra mile and a joy to be around. My condolences to the family. You will be in my prayers.
~ Catherine Doyle - July 18, 2019
I volunteer at the Schuster/Victoria and and always enjoyed working with Cheryl. She was funny, enjoyed what she was doing, and a nice person; I will miss her. My condolences to her family and know that she was loved and respected by many Schuster/Victoria volunteers.
~ Laura Davis - July 18, 2019
My husband and I have volunteered at the Schuster Center for several years and we always enjoyed working with Cheryl. We were very sad to hear of her death. Your family has our deepest sympathy. We will miss her. Sincerely, Dee and Mike Harvey
~ Deanne Harvey - July 18, 2019
I only New Cheryl through volunteering at the SCHUSTER but really loved talking to her. Sorry for your loss you have my deepest sympathy
~ Pat Pettit - July 17, 2019
I first got to know Cheryl when she was my son's high school English teacher. I played for shows at CJ when Carey was performing, so I got to know her as Carey's mom. When she taught at Trotwood, I knew her as a fellow faculty member of my significant other, Phil Wells. I also got to know her in her work as usher for shows--her enthusiasm for all of it was inspiring. Her joy of life and everything she did was always evident. I'm going to miss our exchanges on facebook. Sending love and prayers to her family, as they travel this road of grief and loss.
~ Raymonde Rougier - July 17, 2019
The world has lost so much in Cheryl's passing: a warm person with an engaging smile and the uncanny ability to manage ANY class she was given to cover as a substitute teacher at CJ! I will miss Cheryl in so many ways, but I will especially miss her detailed, humorous, anecdote-laden notes left for me (in her beautiful script) any time she covered my classes. My prayers are with her family and all of those who will miss her so much.
~ Beth Marshall - July 17, 2019
We were so saddened to learn of the passing of Cheryl. Please accept our sincere condolences. We will cherish the memories of all the wonderfully entertaining and enlightening conversations we shared during our many hours together at the Victoria Theatre Association over the years. As volunteers, we always were happy when Cheryl was one of the house management team members for the evening. May God help you find comfort through your fond memories in the days ahead.
- Donald Bush and Troy Black
~ Donald / Troy Bush / Black - July 17, 2019
I'll miss Cheryl! She was always very nice to work for at a manager. She worked hard as a manager and as a leader.
~ Jean Steele - July 17, 2019
I knew Cheryl through my volunteering at the Schuster Theatre in Dayton. I always enjoyed her smile and quick wit.
My sympathy to her family.
~ Jane Bensman - July 17, 2019
Cheryl was fun, witty, and was a great person to be with. She was a great actress and I had the pleasure to work with her at Wright State for Trauma Simulation and in a couple of movie projects. Will miss her. Prayers to her family.
~ Ramona Schwalbach - July 17, 2019
Cheryl was kind and friendly. I don’t think I ever saw without a smile.
I knew her from volunteering at the theater. There was night many years ago where she had a monkey that was like a slingshot. We were shooting between floors.
I will miss seeing her and share our stories.
~ Alisha Carr - July 17, 2019
I was truly shocked and saddened to hear about Mrs. Kayser’s transition. Mrs. Kayser was a phenomenal person and a wonderful teacher. I reconnected with her moving back to Dayton and volunteering with the VTA. It was always a joy to work with her as she was full of some much energy, positivity and laughter. Mrs. Kayser you will definitely be sorely missed. Sending prayers to the family.
~ Lauren Underwood - July 17, 2019
What a loss to us all - I wish I had known more about her situation. I'll keep her dear ones in my prayers - they're going to missing a vital force, I tell you! I'm so sorry I didn't realize she was having serious health problems. I only knew Cheryl from working under her as a volunteer at the Schuster Center or the Victoria but she was a wonderful, straight forward gal to be with & work with. She enjoyed everything about her life! And she could laugh at the aggravating things that people did. I loved her stories, too. She talked about her family, trips they took, her time in the army & nutty stuff that happened in her theater experience. Now, I'm sorry I wasn't around as much this past year, due to an unusually extended stay in Florida (from December through February) so if there was news about her health, I missed it. I knew I hadn't seen much of her during spring volunteering but put it down to mismatched schedules & her own busy life. I really liked & admired what I knew of Cheryl & I wish I'd known her even better.
~ Gail Birden - July 17, 2019
It broke my heart to hear of Cheryl's passing she was always a real treat to work with, one of my favorite House Managers with the VTA.
~ Margaret Merle - July 17, 2019
I enjoyed working with Cheryl at the Schuster. My Sympathies and prayers for the family.
~ Selva Gray - July 17, 2019
I had the pleasure of working alongside Cheryl for six years at the VTA. It was such a pleasure working with her. She was always doing something goofy, smiling, laughing. She took an interest in what was going on in other peoples lives. She was my wing woman when it came to meeting cast members. She would drag me over and introduce herself and then me. We wound up taking a lot of pictures with cast members together. She loved Disney and The Young and The Restless. There were several times she would go downtown to see some of the cast od Y&R for a meet and greet. One time Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) was going to be there. He was in a boy band at one time. They only made one CD. I asked Cheryl if she would take it with her and see if Joshua would sign it for me. Without hesitation, she said yes and got it signed for me. She told me later that Joshua said jokingly, "Oh, he is the one that bought the CD." Rest In Peace, my friend. You touched so many lives. You will be missed by so many.
~ Jason Banston - July 17, 2019
Mrs. Kayser was such a light! I had the pleasure of having her as my substitute teacher when I attended Bishop Leibold. Her kindness and readiness to share new words and jolly ranchers made each day with her a treat. I will always remember watching her in a show because that’s how much I adored her. She will be missed! <3
~ Lydia Booth - July 17, 2019
Cheryl will be missed at the theaters in downtown Dayton. Many of us would work with her when the Broadway series was in town. Some nights we would talk and she would talk of her love of theater, especially enjoying it with her daughter. Great memories for both of them. She also told me of her skills in remodeling her home and her crafts. She was often seen with her bag with yarn to be worked with while the show would go on. I'm sure she will be missed greatly, but I hope the family will hold on to the many joyful memories.
~ cynthia rogerson - July 17, 2019
We are volunteers at the Schuster and we really enjoyed working with her since 2005. I know she was looking forward to having her 2nd hip replaced.
We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Family. She will be missed!!!!!!
~ Fern and Bob Archer - July 17, 2019
Cheryl was a treasured house manager of our Volunteer teams at the Victoria Theatre and always generous with her support of others. She will be missed so much.
~ Rosie Allen - July 17, 2019
Cheryl always had the zaniest sense of humor. I laughed at nearly every conversation. Even when we were supposed to be talking about "something serious" we were laughing. I'll miss her as a part of our house management team at the Victoria Theatre Association. It was a pleasure working with her and knowing her for all these years.
~ Rick Flynn - July 17, 2019
Ms. Kayser was such a great sub. teacher!! I have been going through depression and at the time I was in high school she always found a way to cheer me up! She was a beautiful soul who knew when one just needed a few words of encouragement!! You will be truly missed!!
~ Alexis Robinson - July 17, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl years ago when we were both volunteers for the Victoria Theatre Association. A few years later, Cheryl became an assistant to the house manager. We had a lot in common--from parenting to teaching to theater to travel; the list was endless. I always enjoyed her upbeat and positive outlook. Cheryl was likely to see the best in a person before seeing the negative. What I noticed more than anything was her dedication to her family. She took frequent trips to NYC when her daughter was living there and spoke often about her travels. My heart goes out to the Kayser family at this time. I am so sorry for this untimely loss. Cheryl was a great person with a big heart.
~ Karen DePinto - July 17, 2019
Cheryl and I met in 2013 doing community theatre, where we worked on productions of SHREK and THE WEDDING SINGER. She was always full of life and such a light to so many people. We will miss her dearly.
~ Jamie Pavlofsky - July 17, 2019
I worked with Cheryl at The Schuster Center for years on our House Management team. Cheryl was such a compassionate person. She shared her pictures of her FAMILY an her little kittys. She rescued a lot of them. We would talk about her vacations an her meeting the Young@The Restless cast. She always kept me laughing with her since of humor. My DEEPEST Sympathy to her Family. Cheryl will be missed Dearly. You all are in my PRAYERS.
~ Janett Jones-Gilliard - July 16, 2019
I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Cheryl's passing. She was such an active lady and passed too soon! I worked at CJ with her and we both continued on to sub there as well. She will be so missed!
Condolences to her family.
~ Diana Barr - July 16, 2019
Cheryl and I worked together as House Managers. We would sing show tunes in the lobby. We both love Disney and would talk about the parks. I loved to hear about her visits. I remember hearing about when Carrie did her WDW internship. That was one thing that helped inspire me to do mine.
Cheryl loved her fur babies and was always showing pictures. She had a wonderful, kind heart.
I will really miss her.
~ Tamra Payne - July 16, 2019
Ms. Cheryl was a sweet and humorous soul! I was blessed to know her through working with Dare 2 Defy, and from the moment I met her, she made me feel like I was one of hers- as a mother does.
My older brother had the pleasure of being one of her students at CJ and told so many wonderful stories about his interactions with her, as well.
May GOD bless and keep your family during this period of bereavement and May her spirit live on through all who came in contact with her.
~ Courtney Dortch-Wright - July 16, 2019
Cheryl was one of my mentors and a wonderful English teacher at C-J. The teachers in the small wing of the 3rd floor called ourselves "The 3rd Floor Posse." We took silly pictures of ourselves, discussed literature, and were known to race our chairs down the hallway on Friday afternoons after the students had left! It made the beginning of my teaching career less stressful. Most importantly was the way Cheryl connected with her students. Whether it was on the stage or in the classroom, Cheryl had a gift for motivating all her students to achieve their greatest potential.
"Drama Mama," you will be missed, and your words live on in the hearts of your students.
~ Jennifer Bird - July 16, 2019
Cheryl and I were in the musical Music Man and several others shows. Also when I was Team Captain at the Victoria and Schuster Theatre's she was wonderful when she was asst. house mgr. My Granddaughter Shawn Storms and Cheryl's daughter Karry were in shows at the Dayton Playhouse too. Cheryl sheard our love for cats. She brought one over here for me to see if my cat would accept the kitten. But my"Sonny" was too old to accept a kitten. . I will miss our talks and of course being on Facebook together. Rest in Peace Dear Friend. She was avery special friend...
~ Sally Grant - July 16, 2019
Cheryl, you were the best of us. I will always remember you heart and your ability to love and give unconditionally.
~ Jessica Bledsoe - July 16, 2019
I will always remember her love of the theater and her quirky sense of humor as a house manger for Victoria Theater. She always had a smile on her face. Thank you for being a great manager.
~ Kristin Killen - July 16, 2019
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