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Cheryl Gonzales
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Cheryl E. (Cohagan) Gonzales, 63, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Marquis Nursing Care Facility in Oregon City, Oregon on Aug. 6, 2011.

She was born in Modesto, CA to Jerry and Gladys Cohagan on April 1, 1947.

Cheryl completed grades K through 12 in Escalon, where she graduated with honors in 1965. She completed two years at Delta Jr. College in Stockton, and transferred to U.C. Berkeley where she graduated in 1969 with a degree in Liberal Studies. Her plan was to teach at an elementary school, but because of her gift for creative writing, she was offered, and accepted, the position of Social Director of the Alameda Naval Air Base Officer's Club where she also wrote the Navy Officer's weekly newsletter. It was during this time when she met and married Rick Gonzales, who was working for the Navy.

They made their home in Pittsburg, CA where their four children were born. Cheryl later moved to Beaver Creek, OR, where she worked for Weyerhauser for eight years and retired for medical reasons.

Survivors include her four children, Joseph, Jonathan and Nathan of Oregon City; Mari Ellen of Florissant, MO; her children's father, Ricardo (Helen) Gonzales; her mother, Gladys (Carlson) Cohagan of Ripon; her brother, Gary (Jill) Cohagan, Forest Ranch, CA; and her sister, Nancy (Earnie) Harvey, of Modesto.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Cohagan; nephew, Eric Harvey; and her uncle, Ralph Carlson.

A Celebration of Life memorial service was previously held at Kingdom Hall in Oregon City. She was active in her church and had many friends. She loved to play the piano and organ, which she played for special occasions and for her family. She could see the beauty and joy in the simplest of things. She loved to laugh and could always bring a smile to those around her.

She will be laid to rest at Burwood Cemetery in Escalon.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 25, 2012