Cheri K. Smith

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SCHOEN, Cheri K. Smith (Pendley) age 65, of Washington Township, passed away May 25th, 2013. Cheri was born in Miamisburg, Ohio to Frank Kenneth and Vera Smith on June 19, 1947. She went to high school at Miamisburg High School and graduated in 1965. She went on to earn a degree in Education from the very first graduating class of Wright State University in 1970. She married in 1969 to Larry Pendley of Centerville for 19 years. She taught second grade at Weller Elementary in Centerville and substitute taught for Centerville City Schools. Cheri worked with the family business, Star City Paint and Decorating after teaching. She later had the opportunity to work as a medical secretary for surgeon Dr. Michael Keller at Sycamore Hospital for 18 years. In 2013, Cheri married her best friend William “Billy” Schoen. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering for 35 years as her faith was very important to her. She was an avid lover of nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors in the sunshine and picnics in the park. She enjoyed the arts, reading, playing cards, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Cheri loved and cherished being a Grandma (Mimi) to her two grandsons. To her friends and family and she was always ready to give or receive a great big hug and share her wisdom of life’s journey. Cheri is preceded in death by her parents, Frank Kenneth and Vera Smith of Miamisburg. Cheri is survived by her “rock” and partner, best friend and husband William Schoen, and her two daughters, Jennifer Pendley of Tucson, Arizona and Megan Papandreas and her husband Steve and grandsons John and Theodoros of Cleveland, Ohio. Cheri’s brother, Kent Smith of Tucson, Arizona and two sisters, Cynthia Naylor and her husband Ron of Tucson, Arizona and Annette Smith of Boca Raton, Florida. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and the many great nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend gratitude to Casa de la luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ and Marsha Tumblison, RN and friend of 60 years for their support in her final days. A special thank you to Dr. Michael Keller and his wife Tara and mother Carolyn for being her special “work family” and the endless medical support she needed on her journey. Thank you to the Dayton Cancer Center, Dr. Mark Romer and his staff Lisa and Rhonda for being both professional and providing true friendship. Also to her best girlfriends for life, Joyce Kirby, Anita Lamm, Patty Noffsinger, Louise Meckstroth, Nancy Clelland, Pat Ross, and Lynn Yonko. Thank you also to her sister-n-laws, Virginia Osburn, Nancy Santoro, Margaret Roark, and Linda Murphy for being like real sisters and thoughtful to the end. Cheri has inspired us by her sense of humor, zest for life, positive attitude, and her unwavering and relentless fight to stay here a little bit longer. She always said she was “living with cancer, not dying from it”. She has earned the biggest most beautiful wings in heaven, and for those of us who had the chance to know her, it was a gift just being in her presence. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd., Dayton, OH 45429, with the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Father James Manning officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Grove Cemetery in Miamisburg. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at In Celebration of Life and her love of Hawii, it is Cheri’s wish that everyone wear colorful attire to her ceremony. Condolences may be sent to “Godspeed” – See more at:

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