Cheryl A. Wendling, nee Hotto, 67, of Smithton, IL, born Wednesday, May 19, 1954, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021; at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Cheryl worked at Emge Junior High School as a cafeteria supervisor and as a media aide in the library and computer room. She loved books and working with the students. She was always present at the school, whether working, volunteering, or just being there for not only her own children, but all of the students.
Cheryl was always the life of the party. She was filled with love, grace, compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness and projected that to everyone she met. Cheryl was always smiling, even throughout the duration of her illness. Her signature smile was infectious and contagious.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Parents, Oliver King and Emma Bernice, nee Small, Hotto
- Sister, Mary Lee Hotto
Surviving are her:
- Husband, Bruce R. Wendling of Smithton, IL
- Corey (Keith) Fiscus of Smithton, IL
- Casey Wendling of St. Peter’s, MO
- Kyle (Kelsey) Wendling of Smithton, IL
- Brother, Steven K. (Maria) Hotto of AR
- Braden Fiscus
- Riley Frech
- Reid Wendling
- Eleanor Wendling
- Niece, Frances Hotto
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org <http://www.alz.org>
Funeral: A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Crehan’s Irish Pub in Belleville, IL.
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and one of my favorites at Emge Jr. High. She always had a smile on her face and would do anything for you. She will be missed by many. Thinking of your family during this tough time.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. My daughter Donna was in Casey’s class and Brownie Troop. So I got to know Cheryl. I will not be able to attend the Celebration as I am having knee replacement surgery on Friday. Please accept both mine and Donna’s (who lives in Texas) Sincere Sympathy.
Corey, I am so sorry for you and your family loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I have such good memories of Cheryl, working with her in the school district, as well as through the friendship between our boys, Kyle and Justin. She was always kind, friendly, and thoughtful. I am sorry for this loss to your family. I know she will be greatly missed. Prayers for all.
Wishing the Wendling family peace and good memories. Tim and Jody Lauf
I am very sorry for your loss. Cheryl brightened the lives of so many. We had many great conversations and shared in fun times at Emge and socially. I felt blessed to call her my friend. I will be out of town and unable to attend the celebration. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for your family.
Casey you and your family are in my prayers.
I grew up with Cheryl. We lived next door to each other. We did some silly things as kids. Cheryl was always fun. Cheryl took me on a wild bike ride thru the neighborhood. She dressed me up as I don’t know what I was suppose to be. But black nylons were in the outfit.
Good Bless Bruce & Cheryl’s children.