Cheryl A. Reisen
Date of Birth
October 14, 1962
Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 12, 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Thursday, May 16, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or the Ashland Community Resource Center

Cheryl A. Reisen, 56 of Ashland, NE entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE.  She was born October 14, 1962 in Lincoln to William and Ilene (Mick) Aerts. She attended a country school in David City for grade school and graduated from David City Aquinas Catholic High School in 1980. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years where she joined the Willard Sorority.  Cheryl was united in marriage to Rodney Reisen at St. Francis Catholic Church in David City, NE on August 18, 1990.  In 1995 Cheryl and her family moved to O’Neill, NE where they lived for 5 years before moving to Ashland.

Over the years Cheryl worked for, and helped with many organizations. Early on she was a state officer for the Jaycees, and later became involved with the Ashland Chamber of commerce where she served as the chairman of Stirrup Days for 7 years. Cheryl was also a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashland, where she was involved in the Altar Society and worked as the director of religious education for 7 years. Additionally she spent time as a speaker and educator for the American Heart Association and Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart disease. Over the last few years, she had the opportunity to work in the community in many aspects working as the manager of the Ashland Golf Club swimming pool for two summers, before working at Blackwell’s Fine Supply for the last year.

She enjoyed shopping with friends and family; cooking meals to share with others; sewing and making costumes for the theater department at Ashland-Greenwood; planting and growing flowers each spring and summer; making arts and crafts by painting, and crocheting; and helping with recital each year at First Position Dance Studio. Additionally, she was incredibly proud of her recipes and the community’s enjoyment of her special spaghetti sauces she made each year for the St. Mary’s Spaghetti dinner in the spring. Cheryl loved seeing the neighborhood children running around throughout the year, and always looked forward to Halloween when she could see everyone and hand out treats and toys for each of them.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Rodney Reisen; children, Matt Reisen, Amy Reisen, Aspen Reisen and Jake Reisen; parents-in-law, Chuck and Janice Reisen; sisters-in-law, Renee (Brett) Linder, Christy Reisen; seven nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ilene Aerts; infant children, Nathan and Kimberly; brother-in-law, Rick Reisen; cousin, Jolene Fichtl.

Condolences for Cheryl A. Reisen
  1. Aquinas Alumni Association
    • May 13, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Dear Reisen’s,
    We were saddened to hear about Cheryl. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    The Aquinas Alumni Association

  2. Jody Johnson
    • May 13, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod, Matt, Amy and Libby, we are sharing in your grief and are thinking of you all. We will miss our sweet friend.
    Love,the Johnson Family.

  3. Kris Harvey
    • May 13, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Cheryl’s family and friends.

  4. Tracy Hottovy
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Thoughts and prayers for family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  5. Judy Esch Brown
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Our prayers are with your family during this time. May God bless you and keep you.

  6. Cherie Kobza
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Praying for all of you that God’s grace & love with comfort & give you peace today & in the difficult days ahead. cheryl was a classmate of mine at Aquinas.

  7. Gary Person
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod & Children,

    My heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of your wife and mother. Cheryl was a free spirit who put all of her heart and soul into the things she believed in and loved, but nothing lifted her spirit up more than talking about her children and her husband. She leaves life on earth way too early, but you are her legacy that will carry on. I knew her in the Jaycees when she was part of an unbelievable team in 1989-90 through a theme of Conceive, Believe and Achieve when we took home the national championship trophy. She worked very very hard to help make that happen and cared a lot about the people and making a positive impact on our communities. May God Bless your family and help you through the challenging days ahead. The first line of the Jaycee Creed, is “We Believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life”. Cheryl lived that belief. RIP our friend.

  8. Anonymous
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod and family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Kay and Al Becher

  9. Kathy Rauscher
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear about Cheryl’s sudden passing. I knew her as a Lincoln Jaycee and reconnected with her on Facebook recently. I know that through her struggles with heart disease and sharing her story she helped many people. May you find comfort in your memories and the love of family and friends.

  10. Patti Vincent
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Cheryl really helped me adjust to O’Neill and even though we didn’t get together any more, I am forever gratful for being her neighbor. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing.

  11. Joe & Ann Krotter & family
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod & kids, so sorry…just no other words. Please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Rich Hovendick
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    RIP dear friend!! May your spirit find the Peace you desired in heaven where there is no pain. Prayers for Cheryl’s family in this time ofyour our loss!!

  13. • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Our deepest most heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your wife and mother.

  14. Bill Price
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    A wonderful lady will be tremendously missed

  15. Chris Riha
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod & Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of Cheryl. I always enjoyed the brief conversations w/her @ the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. The Class of 1980 has many good memories of Cheryl. We’ll never forget when she hosted the New Year’s Eve “Gathering”. Her personality gave good meaning to The Spice Of Life. Cheryl’s Family/Religious/Civil Involvement will be deeply missed. Thoughts & Prayers.

  16. Patsy Hurlbert
    • May 14, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Dear Rod and family, I was saddened to hear of Cheryl’s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I was fortunate to visit with Cheryl 3 years ago, but unfortunate that I missed (forgot) the dinner date she had set so I could see Rod also, my fault and I will forever regret the forgetfulness of that day. Hugs to you Rod.

  17. Orv and Caolyn Gigstad
    • May 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Dear Rod and family, we are just sick about the loss of such a vibrant and fun woman as Cheryl was! We also knew Cheryl through Jaycees and she was a hard worker. We worked hard and played hard!! We were so happy for her when she found you, Rod, and were blessed with a wonderful family. We are not surprised at how much she did for the community. She will be greatly missed. The last line of the Jaycee Creed, “that service to humanity is the best work of life”!! She certainly lived it! Please know how sorry we are and that we are praying for all of you!!

  18. • May 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod, Matt, Amy, Aspen & Jake-
    I wish I could put a massive hug around you all… know that you are deeply loved and that your wife & momma has left an everlasting imprint of beauty on your soul- and she’s taken to watching out for you on another scale, from a different vantage point, called Heaven.
    Sending so much love to you-
    Hannah, Jason and Rob

  19. Tyler williams
    • May 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear this! She was a an awesome lady. She will be missed.

  20. Joann Moyes
    • May 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Rod & Kids – I’m so sorry to hear of Chery’ls
    passing. She was a great friend in O’Neill.
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Tiffany Mohs and Family
    • May 15, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Thoughts and prayers to your family. Cheryl will be greatly missed. My boys loved having her teach them swim lessons (especially loved the treats she gave them at the end). May God hold you in his arms during this difficult time.

  22. Dennis & Roxanne Ryan
    • May 16, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Cheryl.
    She was a great lady!
    Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

  23. Crystal Matthews
    • May 17, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Rod & your children .
    Cheryl was quite the girl and will be mssed
    Crystal Matthews & family

  24. Chris Dickes
    • May 18, 2019 - 1 year ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  25. • May 24, 2019 - 1 year ago

    WomenHeart shares in celebrating Cheryl’s life and offers our sincere condolences and sympathy to the Reisen family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Donna Reisen Thompson
    • June 4, 2019 - 1 year ago

    Chuck and Janice I am sorry for your loss I will keep you and your family in my prayers
    Donna Reisen Thompson

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