Cheryl Triefenbach

Print Obituary
Cheryl Lynne Triefenbach, nee Walton, 74, of Smithton, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born January 10, 1944, in Decatur, IL, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 14, 2018.

After graduating from Mendota High School and Illinois State University, Cheryl began her career as a speech therapist for New Athens and St. Libory school districts.  She then spent 24 years as a speech therapist, LD/BD, and 1st grade teacher for Cahokia Unit School District #187. She was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, as well as Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Junior Service Club of St. Clair County.  Cheryl was a co-chair for the District 201 Gender Equity Board, and a reader for MindsEye.

Mrs. Triefenbach was a sports enthusiast who coached eight years for the Belle-Clair Soccer League, as well as four years for the seventh grade basketball team at Central Junior High School, Belleville, IL.  She was a competitive tennis player who could often be found on the courts at Westhaven Bath and Tennis Club.

Cheryl was a loving wife and mother, and a doting grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert W. and Mary Marvene, nee Marlow, Walton; a brother, Ronald Walton; and her mother-in-law, Mildred Louise Triefenbach.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, LeRoy “Lee” Triefenbach, whom she married May 31, 1969;
two daughters, Tara Lyn Triefenbach of Frankfort, IL, and Marnie Leigh (Erik) Herrling of San Leandro, CA;
two beloved grandchildren, Sydney and Camryn Herrling;
two brothers, Tim (Diane) Walton of Sullivan, IL, and Tom (Terri) Walton of Olathe, KS;
a sister-in-law, Emma Lee (Albert) Wunderlich of Swansea, IL;
numerous nieces and nephews;
many cousins;
and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation and Memorial Service will occur on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Memorial Service to occur at 1 p.m. with burial at Valhalla Gardens of Memory immediately following.



17 Comments on Cheryl Triefenbach

Diane Bruckner said : Guest Report May 03, 2018 at 11:33 PM

To Lee and the girls, I remember Cheryl fondly when I babysat for Tara and Marnie. She was always warm, friendly, and made me feel at home. I was sorry to hear of her passing! Take care and God Bless you all during this difficult time. Diane

  • Tacoma
  • Washington
Dennis J Hauck said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Lee , I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Carole (Stultz) Wittmann said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2018 at 5:37 PM

I am very sorry to learn of Cheryl's passing. She was a good friend who was fun to work with in Cahokia. She was very dedicated to her students and loved her family very much! My prayers are with all of you.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Amanda C. Lewis said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Jon and I offer our sincere sympathy on the loss of Cheryl.She was a smart, pretty athletic and caring lady. We enjoyed working with you both in Cahokia.Love and Peace to the family. .

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Gail Stephens said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2018 at 3:33 PM

I was sad to hear of Cheryl's passing. I can only say Heaven is more blessed since her arrival.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Becky Shryock McGarrity said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2018 at 12:40 AM

So very sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Triefenbach. She was a great lady!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Carol fox mckenzie said : Guest Report Apr 20, 2018 at 4:21 PM

I’m so sorry to hear about Cheryl’s passing. I was Cheryl’s roommate when we were both single speech therapists not long out of college. Her photo shows that same friendly smile I remember from all those years ago. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time.

  • Tulsa
  • Ok
Osceola Mueller said : Guest Report Apr 20, 2018 at 12:30 AM

Dear Lee and family, So sorry to hear about Cheryl. She was such a fine, friendly and welcoming lady. She always took time to talk to people. God bless you all and keep you through these hard times. Osceola and Ken Mueller

  • ofallon
  • il
Dave&Dot Touchette said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Lee sorry for your loss she was a busy girl great mother seems like yesterday we had little kids at South Side Park Dave 618-973 2819 call me sometime

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Judy Shinn said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2018 at 12:45 AM

Dear Tara--our condolences to you and your family. We so enjoyed meeting your parents in Portland and know how special your Mother was. Thinking of you all at this time, too soon for your loss. Judy Shinn and Ellie Sewall

  • Ajijic
  • Mexico
Gerri Cortner said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 8:58 PM

Lee and family, so sorry to hear about Cheryl. Enjoyed talking with her when I was at your house mulching and trimming shrubs. She was a very nice lady, what a sad loss.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Pat and Mike Marlow said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 1:50 PM

So sorry for you loss, Lee and family. It was a shock. I will miss my cousin and childhood playmate. We would be at the services Saturday but, unfortunately, we have a family obligation that we simply can't miss.

  • Champaign
  • Illinois
Linda and Joe Cipfl said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee, the girls and the entire family. How we so fondly recall 50 years of great friendship beginning with those wonderful days at the Jamestown Apartments. God bless!

  • O”Fallon
  • Il
Les Schweiss said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Lee so sorry to here about Cheryl. She was always so kind and loving of her family. I will never forget our times on Huntleigh Dr. Hang in there it get better with time Les

  • The Villages
  • Florida
Emanuel &Nancy Rashet said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 11:36 AM

So very sorry, such a sweet lady!!! Just absolutely shocked!!! Our prayers being offered for the whole family. Love to All. Manny and Nancy

  • Cornelius
  • NC
Rich & Carolyn Buxton said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Lee & family, Carolyn and I are deeply saddened by your loss. We are in FL and unable to attend the service, but please know that our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with you. After 50 years of marriage, Carolyn and I treasure every day, as we know you do. We grieve with you and we pray that your friends and family there will offer comfort.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve Jackson said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 3:33 AM

Lee and Family, So sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. We enjoyed working with both of you during our time together in District 187. Prayers for the Triefenbachs, Steve Jackson

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.