Cherie Kozma Weitzel

September 15, 1956 - March 11, 2022
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Cherie Kozma Weitzel, young at heart, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on March 11, 2022, surrounded by every member of her loving family.

She was the wife of Mark Weitzel, with whom she spent over 12 years enjoying life to the fullest. Born in Bedford Heights, Ohio, she was the daughter of Emil (E.C.) and Rose Kozma.

Cherie will one day have a joyous reunion with her children – Jennifer, wife of Matthew Beisswanger, James, husband of Emily Beebe, and Jake, husband of Kelsey Beebe, as well as her step-son – Andrew Weitzel. She has been promoted to guardian angel of her 6 grandchildren – Willow, Jackson, Maggie, Lucy, Eliza, and Sara.

Cherie was a vibrant and outgoing free spirit, a lover of adventure and new experiences. She had an uncanny ability to strike up conversation and become fast friends with anyone, anywhere, anytime. This is no exaggeration – and her children began to expect that, naturally, she would learn the life story of the woman behind her in line at the grocery store. Cherie loved to connect with people and had a way of making everyone feel extra special and important.

Her most influential job titles included, but were not limited to: Halloween costume designer, kid craft director, swimming instructor, gardening teacher, toddler education specialist, rock crawling competition promoter, marathon cheerleader, and party planner. Cherie was a master birthday cake baker, cupcake maker, and Christmas cookie creator. She was everyone’s biggest advocate and #1 fan. Cherie was the most thoughtful gift-giver and a present wrapping pro. She was humble, selfless, and strong in every sense of the word. Cherie valued her family above all else. Her devotion to others is a legacy that will continue to impact the world through those that had the honor of knowing her.

To Cherie, the little things were the big things – dinner outside on a summer night, live music, fresh veggies from the garden, a book with a twist, a new beauty product, a good burger (rare, please), a sale at Loft, a surprise Kit-Kat, or the next season of a reality show on TLC. She had a drawer brimming with 35 years’ worth of art and cards from her children. A purple snake ring from Santa’s workshop circa 1998, a small plastic turkey figurine (no idea where that came from), and a collection of Snoopy pogs (remember pogs?) are just a few of the treasures that she tucked away for safe keeping. Every tiny gift from her children was cherished. Each small note of “I love you” from her husband, written on scrap paper, was worthy of saving. She kept every invitation from every event that she attended. Cherie saved these things because such words and expressions of love from her family were precious.

Cherie embraced any reason to have a celebration, because it meant that her family would be together. She truly knew how to have fun and to live with joy! Her energy was contagious. From beach days in Ocean City to adventures in Mexico, Cherie knew how to savor life. So – take the trip, spend the money, find delight in the little things – wholly experience the gift of life, as she always did.

Visitation for family and friends will take place at Klee Funeral Home, One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington on Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 2-4 PM.

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Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

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One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Born: September 15, 1956
Died: March 11, 2022

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Kathleen DeLong posted on 3/18/22

Mark, I cannot convey how sorry I am to hear of Cherie's passing. She was so easy to talk to and I was already thinking ahead to seeing her at the races this summer. A very special lady. May you and all of her family be comforted by all the wonderful memories.

 

Kathleen DeLong posted on 3/18/22

Mark, I cannot convey how sorry I am to hear of Cherie's passing. She was so easy to talk to and I was already thinking ahead to seeing her at the races this summer. A very special lady. May you and all of her family be comforted by all the wonderful memories.

 

Mary Kalabiha Class of 70 posted on 3/17/22

The Lumen Cordium High School Alumni are deeply saddened by Cherie’s passing Know our Prayers are with you. Angels now escort you to Heaven where Jesus welcomes His Loyal and Faithful Cherie

 

Carole Kutzler posted on 3/16/22

Jen, James, Jake, and families, I am saddened to hear this news. I enjoyed your mother’s friendship way back when we were neighbors. May you find some comfort in the precious memories that are tucked in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

 

Ron and June Whisel posted on 3/16/22

Our sincere condolences to all of her family. We only met her one time at James and Emily's wedding but we could easily see how much fun she had gathering her family around her.

 

Melissa D. posted on 3/16/22

Jake & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Please know that I am thinking of you during this very difficult time and hoping that memories comfort you. Sending you hugs and prayers....Memories are like charms. You collect them one by one. Until one day you look back and discover they make a long, colorful bracelet....

 

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