This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada, but my family is mourning the loss of Cheryl Malek (Panting) – my niece.
Cheryl was born in Winnipeg on December 14, 1970 to my sister Sharon and her husband John Panting. She was their first born and an absolute delight. She was the only one, out of my parent’s grandchildren who was not afraid of her Grandpa Runchey (my Dad). Grandpa appeared (on the outside) to be a grumpy guy, but Cheryl could see through his exterior and challenged him. He was secretly thrilled when she would crawl up and onto his knee.
Cheryl had an outgoing personality, always friendly, always happy and always ready to try something new. She loved all critters (as I do) and I would often see her posting pictures on Facebook from Africam or any other source she could find. She made friends easily and was a hard worker who always did well at any job she was hired to do.
Before her family moved to Calgary, she spent lots of time during the summer at their cottage at Grand Marius, which is right next to Grand Beach. Her grandparents had the next door cottage so we would spend plenty of time together there. They continued to come back to Winnipeg often after they moved to Calgary and the cottage was where they would go. By then her grandparents had another cottage in the Whiteshell, which was just as much of a hit with Cheryl and her sister Heather.
Cheryl leaves 2 sons – Brandon and Alex, her husband Peter, her parents, her sister Heather, her Grandma Runchey, her nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends to mourn her loss. She was much too young at just 43 to leave us and we were certainly not ready to let her go.
I dug through my old photo albums and have a few pictures to show you. I guessed at the year of the photo for many of them because I did not have it indicated on all my pics.
Rest in Peace Cheryl.