Passing On: Cheryl Gresczyk

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cheryl gresczyk.jpgCheryl

Elizabeth Joyce Geshick Gresczyk

October 10,

1945- June 24, 2014

Cheryl,

whose Ojibwe name is Aabitaagiizhigookwe (Half Way to the Sky Woman),

68, of Eden Prairie, MN, entered into the spirt world around midnight

on June 24. She had diabetes, lung cancer and heart issues.

Funeral

services were held on June 27 at 7 p.m. at Gichitwaa Kateri Parish at

3045 Park in Minneapolis with a funeral Mass on June 28. Burial was

held at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Wright, MN, near the cabin,

followed by a gathering and a meal at the cabin. Fr. Jim Notebaart

and Fr. Mike Tegeder were two of the celebrants.

Cheryl

was born October 10, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of

Joseph Geshick and Rose (Marsh) Geshick. Cheryl was a full-blood

Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) from Bois Forte Reservation. She married Rick

Gresczyk on April 6, 1974. She received her bachelor of science

degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and her master’s

degree from St. Thomas College. She was involved with teaching and

youth work all of her working years. She and Rick helped start the

Office of Indian Ministry and Gichitwaa Kateri Parish in Minneapolis.

She is

survived by three sons, Rick Jr. (Nicole) of Oakdale, MN, Rodger

(Annie) of Watertown, MN and Randy (Nichole) of New Brighton, MN.

They have

three more children adopted in the Ojibwe way. They are Theresa

Morrison (Pragedis Castillo) of Eagan, MN, Melvin Brazil-Geyshick

(Suzie) of Thief River Falls, MN, and Yoku Aso (Megumi) of Kumamoto,

Japan.

Rick and

Cheryl were foster parents for many years for Hennepin County and

very active in the American Indian community of the Twin Cities. She

enjoyed being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed

cards, crossword puzzles, TV, and pets, most recently Waabooz, their

poodle. She has two brothers, Joe and Ernie. She has several adopted

sisters, Gaye Hallberg of Bloomington, MN, Pat Northrup of Sawyer,

MN, and Shirley Krogmeier of Holyoke, CO. She is preceded in death by

her parents and several siblings. Her sister, Virginia, was very

close to her.

Casketbearers

were Leonard Geshick, Randy and Elias White, William BigBear, Jr,

Pragedis Castillo and Yoku Aso.