Cheryl Cantrell

Cheryl Cantrell
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Cheryl Ann Cantrell, nee Stumpf, 55, of Belleville, IL, born June 22, 1961, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at her residence.

Cheryl was a Senior Vice President at the Bank of America in St. Louis, MO.  She was an avid gardener and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with family and friends around her pool.  Cheryl also was an avid decorator which included decorating 27 Christmas trees in her family home for an annual open house.  She was a past member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, and is currently attending Grace Church, Fairview Heights, IL.  Mrs. Cantrell also volunteered at the Lord’s Helper in Smithton, IL.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Louis W. Stumpf.

Surviving is her husband of 15 years, Rick Cantrell, whom she married on March 24, 2001;
her mother, Ruth E., nee Klingel, Stumpf of Belleville, IL;
a brother, Kevin L. (Jennifer) Stumpf of Belleville, IL;
two nephews, Matthew (Jennifer) Stumpf of Chillicothe, IL,
and Derrick Stumpf and friend Katelyn Vollmer of Belleville, IL;
a niece, Lanette Stumpf of Belleville, IL;
and two canine companions, Maggie and Emma.

Memorials may be made to Grace Church, Fairview Heights, IL, or St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Renner Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, at Grace Church, Fairview Heights, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, at Grace Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Pastor Hal Santos officiating.

Entombment will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences Left For Cheryl Cantrell

I was a coworker of Cheryl’s and while I only worked with her for a short time she was a beautiful person, full of life and so very happy. My thoughts and prayers to out to Rick and her family. She loved you all.

Debbie Smith, Wildwood, MO, 63040

I met Cheryl when I started working for Bank of America in 2000. I will remember her as a kind and thoughtful person as well as a smart and strong leader. Even when the situation was stressful, Cheryl kept her wits about her and had a smile in her voice. She will be missed by all who knew her. I hope that time will help ease your pain and that happy memories will help you find peace.

Joanne Duncan, Chandler, AZ, 85249

Cheryl was a joy to work with No matter what problem I brought her way, she addressed it head on and in a very caring manner. There are very few people in this world like Cheryl. She will be missed by many.

Terry Metz, Winter Park, Florida, 32792

I knew Cheryl at Bank of America for 10 years and for the final 2 years, Cheryl was my manager. Cheryl was an awesome person and a wonderful manager. She was not only a great colleague and boss, but a great friend to everyone who worked with her as well. We all loved the holidays and seeing photos of Cheryl’s decorations, especially the Christmas trees. Cheryl will be dearly misssed.

Lee Johnson, St Augustine, Florida, 32084

Still in shock! What a wonderful lady and friend. So happy I was able to reconnect after decades out of touch. Grieving not seeing her again in this world, but alas we’ll be celebrating in the presence of Jesus in the future. My sympathy to Rick. It has not been a good year.

Larry Dahm, San Francisco, CA, 94115

So many teammates at Bank of America loved, appreciated and learned from Cheryl. I am honored to have been among them.

Tara Ernst, Alpharetta, Georgia, 30022

I was on Cheryl’s team at Bank of America for the last few years, up until this past spring. She was a wonderful manager and a wonderful person, and she will be missed by many.

Michelle Mason, Phoenix, Arizona, 85044

Cheryl was truly an angel on Earth, and as painful as it is to know she’s left us, I take comfort in knowing she’s home. God bless you, Rick, and all of Cheryl’s family. Peace be with you soon.

Joe Lopez, Phoenix, AZ, 85383

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Cheryl was always a wonderful happy person, who touched all of us BofA folks. Rick- you will be in my prayers during this very difficult time.

Sally Purl, Waterloo, Il, 62298

Our deepest sympathies to Rick and the families. Cheryl was a beautiful and talented lady. Our loss is heavens gain and she’s in the arms of her Savior! You’re in our prayers!

Karen & Chuck Zeller, Belleville, Il, 62220

Cheryl was a wonderful teammate and was truly cherished by all who knew her. She will be missed by many. Praying that her family will feel God’s comfort and love during this very difficult time.

Helen Held-Cummings, Utica, NY, 13502

I am saddened to hear of Cheryl’s death. Cheryl was once an instructional designer on my team. Everything I know about WILL (Web Instructor-Led Learning) I learned from Cheryl … and what a patient teacher she proved to be.

Every Christmas, I think of Cheryl when I decorate my lone Christmas tree and wish she was here to do the “honors” for me.

I wish her family and friends all my best during this trying time. May your many memories help you through this time. May your knowledge of the impact Cheryl had on many people bring you comfort.


Tim Williams, Washington, DC, 20002

I feel honored to have met and worked with Cheryl. She had a laugh, smile and happy demeanor that was contageous. Never in my life have a met such a kind, thoughtful and generous person. She got to know everyone on a personal and business level and always kept us in positive spirits while working on challenging projects. She brought tremendous value to our work environment and fabulous stories from her life and interests. I am going to miss you very much Cheryl. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Claire Winterton, , ,

Cheryl was a beautiful, smart and caring person with a zest for life and a contagious smile. She could bring optimism to the most challenging work situations, always infusing great wisdom with humor to achieve the goal. She also cared deeply about people, their lives and their struggles, offering a listening ear and gentle encouragement.
Rick you are in my prayers. I pray that God provide comfort to you and your family during this time.

Lisa Whitehurst-Wright, Plano, Texas, 75025

Cheryl was not only a fantastic manager and leader, but a great mentor and friend. I am honored to have known and worked with Cheryl. My deepest sympathies to Rick and Cheryl’s family. She will be greatly missed.

Leslie Zimprich, Mooresvile, NC, 29115

I knew Cheryl from our days at Centerre Bank, then Boatmen’s. She was always such a joyful and upbeat person. She will be missed. My condolences to her family and friends. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Lisa Early, St. Louis, Missouri, 63111

Cheryl was an amazing woman that I had the honor of working with over several years at Bank of America! Someone who was sweet and made you want to be better. Her infectious smile and her caring personality will forever be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with Rick and her family as they go through this difficult loss.

Sumita Kumar, Waxhaw, NC, 28173

Cheryl was a valued teammate and partner at Bank of America. She broke down barriers and found creative ways to make great things happen. She had a calming presence that won the respect of others. As one of my teammates said, “Cheryl was a beautiful person.”

Wende Stambaugh, Nashville, TN, 37205

Cheryl was a wonderful teammate, manager and great mentor. I really feel honored that I worked with her and learned so much from her. My deepest sympathies to Rick and Cheryl’s family. My thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. She will be missed.

Chet Sapovadia, Mooresville, NC, 28115

Cheryl looked out for her team, we all knew that whatever difficulties we were having, Cheryl had already removed the greatest obstacles and supported us to work through what remained. It’s clear from all the stories shared these past few days that her guidance, affection, trust, and engagement deeply touched all of us, with our wide diversity of personalities. We’re all better for having worked with her and known her, she leaves a strong and beautiful legacy through us and how we relate to each other.

Lyndon Silloway, Peachtree City, GA, 30269

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Cindy Kaye, Belleville, IL, 62226

I grew up with the Stumpf children, Cheryl & Kevin. We always had the best times playing at their farm. Cheryl was fun-loving, joyful, and forever smiling. I’m truly saddened to hear of her passing, but I know God takes the best, first. May God bring Ruth & Kevin comfort during this most difficult time. I know Cheryl’s smiling down upon them from Heaven. God Bless.

Patricia Schuetz, Bowie, Maryland, 20715

I’ve been blessed to have worked on Cheryl’s team at Bank of America for the past year or so. She was an amazing manager. She could be counted on to lead us through all of the intellectual hurdles. But more importantly, she led us with her whole heart. She cared about us, supported us and raised our spirits with her infectious laugh. I will miss her tremendously.

My thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl’s family and all those who were blessed to have had her in their lives.

Laura Weir, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45241

God now has an amazing angel beside him helping to care for his beautiful gardens. I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl for over 20 years. She was a kind, caring and compassionate teammate who treated everyone with grace and respect. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. My condolences to Rick and all of Cheryl’s family and loved ones. Peace be with you all and cherish your memories of her. Blessings, Beth

Beth Daniel, Richmond, VA, 23832

I met Cheryl in late September of 2001 and worked with her for 13 years until I retired. She was one of the most incredible people I have ever known and I am so blessed to have shared so many years with her. A kinder more gentle spirit never walked the Earth. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone regardless of the situation and was incredibly giving. I shall miss her lovely Christmas trees she shared every year and her infectious smile. Her passing has left a deep void in my life and my heart and I shall treasure my time with her all the days of my life.

Damon Hearne, Mooresville, North Carolina, 28117

Mrs. Stumpf and family –

I was shocked to learn of Cheryl’s death. I have memories of being with Cheryl, Kevin at the Lindauers’. My Dad used to do blacksmith work for Louie too. May God bless your family and keep you close.

Julie Lowe Baker, Belleville, IL,

Rick, I was shocked to learn of Cheryl’s passing. We had many great times together and I truly valued her friendship. We hadn’t kept in touch, but I thought of her over the years. Please know you have my deepest sympathy. Cheryl will be missed … she was one in a million!

Pat Shone, St. Louis, MO – Missouri, 63129-3538

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” . These are the words that come to mind when I think of Cheryl for she exemplified all these qualities in the time that I worked with her at Bank of America. She was both a wonderful colleague and a friend to many of us and we will miss her. My deepest sympathy to Rick and her family.

Natasha Long Green , Charlotte, NC, 28215

There is an empty place inside me that Cheryl once filled. I look at my BAC teammates’ comments and see others who feel her loss as deeply as I do. We just worked with her but to us, she so was so much more. Cheryl, with her creative and compassionate spirit inspired us to do more and do it better. If I stumbled or failed, she gave me a hand up, dusted me off, provided tough-love advise and sent me on my way. WWCD…what would Cheryl do? has helped guide me many times.

Rick, I don’t you, but I hope you are comforted by how we all who worked with Cheryl, adored her and will miss her greatly.

Robbin Rothgeb, Huntersville, NC, 28078

Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Cheryl when she was in Word Processing and have valued her friendship throughout the years. She was always so patient, kind, funny, diplomatic, smart and eager to share her knowledge. I think of her every year when the Mt. Vernon Cedarhurst craft fair is advertised, as she was the one to introduce me to it. I feel blessed that we were able to cross paths.
Keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.

Patty Kiely, Florissant, MO, 63031

My thoughts and prayers are with you Rick, and the rest of Cheryl’s family. While I did not work closely with Cheryl, I did see her on web cam, and heard her voice on various calls. She always had a smile in her voice and her kindness and gentle soul preceded her. I know she was extremely talented and valued here at Bank of America, and she will be sorely missed. – Becky Bruning

Becky Bruning, Richmond, VA, 23238

I worked with Cheryl on several occasions and was always thoughtful and calm. She was truly an amazing person… My thoughts & condolences to her family.. I am very sorry for your loss..

Erik Summers, Ferndale, MI, 48220

I didn’t work closely with Cheryl, but her kindness and compassion were self-evident. She touched so many people here at the bank with her thoughtfulness and encouragement. Thinking of all of her family and friends (and Maggie and Emma too) and wishing you comfort…please let others support and take care of you in the days and months to come.

Emily Jennings, Ann Arbor, Michigan,

Praying for the Lord’s comfort guidance and strength during these times and those to come. I will miss Cheryl, her patience, fun-filled spirit and just the small talks. My deepest condolences to Rick and family. Rest in peace.

Natacha Nicolas Baptiste, Newark, DE, 19711

We were very sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, Mark & Kim Forcade

Mark & Kim Forcade, Smithton, illinois,

I cannot claim that I knew Cheryl well, but in my interactions with her as a co-worker and office-mate she was incredibly generous and incredibly kind. I cannot begin to imagine the tremendous grief that her family and close friends must be feeling, but I hope it is tempered by the knowledge that she clearly touched so many people in such positive ways during her life. My thoughts and well-wishes are with you all.

John Shepherd, St Louis, MO, 63116

Dear Rick and family, Although I never knew or worked with Cheryl, I can tell from the other condolence messages that the Bank of America family has lost a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend, but heaven has gained an incredible angel. May she rest in peace, and may you take comfort in knowing how much she was loved.

Anne Matrone, New York, NY, 10038

Cheryl was someone who consistently brightened your day when you worked with her. She was calm and thoughtful even when the work was hectic and stressful. One day I had the pleasure of learning a little about her love of gardening.
Condolences to Rick and her extended family.

Dia Dissmore, Bellevue, WA, 98004

Rick, I was heartbroken to learn of Cheryl’s passing. We have stayed in touch since I met her in 1982 at the bank. When I didn’t hear from her at Christmas, I started to inquire. As you know, she was a special and wonderful human being. I shall miss her deeply as will all of her friends. You and your family are in my prayers.

Arlene Browden, Olivette, MO, 63132


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