Cheryl's Story

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Cheryl Ann Masvero, 70, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 20, 2018 with her loving family by her side.
Cheryl's life story began on Jan. 13, 1948, born to the late Gilbert and Verona (Betts) Rosewarne. She was the oldest sister to the late Shelly Walker and to Jill (Tim) Brown.
She grew up in suburbia Detroit and graduated from Warren High School, class of '66. She was active in student government and served as a class officer. An enthusiastic member of the Pep Club, she attended and supported all the school's sports teams. She continued that enthusiasm, cheering on her children's many athletic competitions and as an avid spectator and companion of sporting venues with her husband.
On Sept. 13, 1969 she married her best friend and high school classmate, J. Blaine Masvero. Life was an adventure. During their 48 years of married life they moved 12 times about the country before returning to their home state to retire on Old Mission Peninsula.
There were many favorite and memorable occasions and special moments in her life, ocean cruising, snorkeling, house-boating, sporting events, musical productions, Walt Disney World, European travels, reading story books and nursery rhymes to her children and grandchildren and novels for herself. She enjoyed any card game, movies with popcorn, making Christmas stockings and collecting coins, angels and birdie figurines of all sorts.
Overwhelming enjoyable to her was looking to the out-of-doors from within her home she called Tree Tops and from her kitchen spot she called her "perch." Cheryl found peace and comfort in watching her birds visit for their daily feast. She was captivated by large pileated woodpeckers that would find nourishment she had placed for them. Delicate, fluttery chickadees fondly graced her view.
Cheryl certainly valued friendships. She maintained those bonds with many special people in her life for decades and decades. High school class reunions, small and large, were a frequent annual event. Her supportive and caring OMP-United Methodist Church family regarded her as courageous and outgoing with caring ways for others.
The last book recited to her only a week before her passing was "You Are Special" written by Max Lucado. Her response thereafter? "I think a dot just fell off me."
To her children and grandchildren, she was the perfect balance of motherly love, friend and respectful support. She was a good listener, seldom giving input but rather being obedient knowing the author of her faith would fill in where she could not. Cheryl was love. She is best known as being patient, kind, gentle, selfless, caring, warm, genuine, vibrant, real and witty.
Cheryl had a strong statement of faith, committing to God's care knowing that those who survive her will also have the comfort of knowing that she left us in that faith.
"Peace I leave you with, my peace I give unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27
Cheryl Masvero is survived, deeply cherished and dearly missed by her beloved husband, J. Blaine Masvero; her precious children; son, Joseph B., Masvero; daughter, Lynde B. Steensen; her daughter-in-law, Beth; son-in-law, Brad Steensen; and by her treasured grandchildren, Josiah B. Masvero and Jeremiah B. Masvero.
Services and interment will take place at the White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy at a later date.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy in Cheryl's honor may do so to the Munson Love Light organization that supports hospice care at www.munsonhomehealth.org/annualgiving.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences and memories with Cheryl's family on her tribute page.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 27, 2018
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