Cheryl Ann Gensler (nee Malmedahl), Age 71 of Lutz, Florida passed away on May 9, 2019. She was born in November, 1947 in Oak Park, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Ann (Tripolino) Malmedahl and grandparents James "Jack" and Dina (Bucci) Tripolino and beloved dog Sammie.
Survived by her daughters Gina Carnesecchi (Eileen), Lisa (Don) Wernstrom, Cindy Helton, and son Michael Carnesecchi; Sister Lynn (Russ) Schlichtenmyer and brother Jack (Karen) Malmedahl. Cherished Grandmother of Ashley, Jackson, Annie, Joseph, Jacob & Joshua and Aunt of Michael, Melvin, Kyle (Amy) and Grant (Megan) and beloved cat Shadow.
Cheryl graduated from Forest View High School in Arlington Heights, IL. She was proud of her Italian heritage and would sit for hours with her children explaining who their ancestors are. She loved to do yard work, cook and enjoyed cleaning house. Cheryl loved her family. She kept a simple life, possessing only what she needed and enjoyed. Her simplicity inspired her children to appreciate the little things. Cheryl understood that there is much joy to be found in the small stuff. She was content with what she had. She cherished time with her children and grandchildren and was always available with a listening ear. She had much wisdom behind her eyes but listened more than she spoke. When she would speak, it was often to encourage, affirm or empathize with someone, though she wasn't one to fluff words. You knew where you stood with her. She had a spunky sense of humor and enjoyed laughing. She also had a way of making people feel special and appreciated. These are some of the virtues her children hope to carry on. Cheryl's hobby was weather forecasting. She will fondly be remembered as the Hippy Dippy Weather Lady by her children for her constant weather reports to them. She always made sure they knew when to "keep an eye to the sky and be prepared for what's to come". Thunderstorms were of most interest to her. Looking back, her children can see that she not only enjoyed the rolling in of weather storms, but she embraced the storms of life with that same motto - kept an eye towards Heaven and prepared for what's to come in her daily life. She navigated her later years with caution and courage. She embodied the bible verse "She is clothed in strength & dignity and she laughs without fear of the future" Proverbs 31:25. Her children and grandchildren will hold on to that wisdom imparted to them by their beloved Hippy Dippy.
A small family celebration of life be held at her sisters house on Lake Noquebay in Crivitz, Wisconsin on July 5th.
Her family wishes to thank all the wonderful medical staff at AdventHealth Hospital in Tampa, AdventHealth Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care and Fletcher Health and Rehabilitation in Tampa for their care and compassion during the past couple of months.
"ENTRUSTED TO OUR CARE"
MacDonald Funeral Home