Cheryl Ann Dutkiewicz, daughter of Deacon Daniel and the late Barbara Dutkiewicz, died February 1, 2021, a victim of Multiple Myeloma. We extend our sympathies to her father, her sister Cindy Brezich (Ken Janes); her brothers, David (Brenda) and Tim; her nieces, Heather (Tom) Monczynski and Brittany; and grandnieces Sofia and Emilia; and her very special friend Bob; her aunt Monica and cousins Julie (Frank) Kenes, Jennifer (Ken) Lindsey, Frank Dutkiewicz, and Mark (Jacque) Dutkiewicz.
Cheryl followed in the footsteps of her parents, spending her life in service to the Church and others. Going back many years, she carried out her serious commitment to assist our religious education teachers. When her dad was no longer able to do so, she opened the church each morning and the hall for special events; and in pandemic days she greeted those who entered, cheerfully dispensing the required hand sanitizer. To appreciate the full extent of her service, you need to know that Cheryl did not drive. She walked to the church or hall - and sometimes that meant she walked through rain, snow, sleet, and slush.
Cheryl also ministered to the community as a daily altar server and sacristan, cleaning the vessels used for Mass and washing out the wine stains from the altar cloths, etc. Over the years, she stuffed inserts into literally thousands of bulletins, packed countless boxes of food contributed for people in need, and joined the Pro Labore Dei effort, a ministry that distributes food and clothing to people in need.
With her brother Tim, she assisted Mr. Schupek as he arranged the worship environment for the various liturgical seasons. Through persistence, they retrieved the stored decorations, carried them down the long flight of stairs, assembled the trees, and cleaned up afterwards. Don always relied on Cheryl to water the poinsettias, lilies, and other plants; that in itself was an important contribution.
Each November, Cheryl made certain all deceased members of her family, friends, and parish were represented on the Table of Remembrance. She remembered them and prayed for them.
Close to Christmas, she and Tim would set up the tree and other decorations in the hall for our annual Ministers’ “Get-Together.” That was always a fun evening. Later, they spent nearly a day carefully and prayerfully filling one of the tallest Christmas trees in the church with ornaments showing the names of our loved ones who have died over the years.
Having already had experience working as a caregiver for several people in town, Cheryl also lovingly cared for her maternal grandmother and mother before they died. In addition, she
regularly assisted others in need. She shoveled snow, cut grass, painted outdoor statues, and helped with household chores, etc.
Proud member of the Altar and Rosary Society, she never missed a meeting and always baked a delicious treat to share. For weeks ahead of time, she looked forward to the annual St. Joseph Table event. She even created unique hand-made mementos, presenting them to people who came. Who could forget the smile on her face as she greeted the people waiting in line to select their favorite foods? It was obvious she cherished the community of St. Stanislaus.
Her last major art project, the stunning Nativity Scene fashioned in Diamond Art, was part of our sanctuary décor this past Christmas, and she was extremely happy to share this treasure. As it turned out, the praise and admiration parishioners lavished on her just days before she entered the hospital for infusion therapy was truly a precious gift. It was given through an impressive number of parishioners exactly when she needed it. God is good!
Visitation Friday, February 19th, 11:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Catholic Church, 14414 S. McKinley Avenue, Posen. A LIVE STREAM OF THE FUNERAL MASS IS AVAILABLE BELOW. Committal Service and Interment will be held Tuesday, February 23rd, 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery where friends and family that wish to attend will gather at the cemetery office before processing to the chapel for committal prayers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Catholic Church in Cheryl's memory would be appreciated.
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