Cheryl Ann Voelker

Cheryl Ann Voelker

July 11, 1937 - January 16, 2023

Cheryl Ann Voelker

July 11, 1937 - January 16, 2023


Cheryl A. Voelker
July 11, 1937 – January 16, 2023


Cheryl A. Voelker, 85, of Mission Viejo, CA (formerly of Scottsdale, AZ and St. Paul, MN) passed away on January 16, 2023. She was born on July 11, 1937, as the oldest daughter in the Rush family of six children in St. Paul, MN.

Cheryl touched an abundance of lives and always put others first. She not only saw the way people were, but saw the way they could be. She was an encourager with endless enthusiasm and optimism.  There was never a project too large. She had the patience of an angel.

Cheryl fostered an environment that encouraged fun, creativity and generosity. She was a crafter, crocheter, garden enthusiast, music-lover, cat-lover, seamstress, baker and dedicated volunteer.  She crocheted booties/hats/blankets and donated them to newborns. She was a part of the Peace Farm Ministry at Saddleback Rancho Capistrano that grew and created beautiful flower bouquets and donated them to the elderly and whomever else needed them. She baked cookies for neighbors and visitors. She demonstrated how to serve.

Cheryl attended Saddleback Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents Maurice Rush and Irene Bowen Rush, her husband Melvin Voelker, her son Dean Voelker, her brothers Gerald Rush and Warren Rush, and her sister Suzanne Rush Record.

Cheryl is survived by her son, Todd Voelker (Melissa); daughters, Kimberly Voelker Peck (Philip) and Jamie Voelker Shedarowich (Darryl); her brother Eugene Rush; her sister Suzette Rush Toth; 4 grandchildren: Natasha, Dean, Jr., Celeste and Christian; and 2 great grandchildren: Gabriel and Melanie.

Cheryl was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be Friday, February 10 at 2:00 P.M. at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA.

Donations in Cheryl’s name may be made to
Saddleback Church:
American Lung Association:

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: February 10, 2023 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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6 responses to Cheryl Ann Voelker

  1. The sweetest lady

  2. Dear sweet Aunt Cheryl,
    You have left a legacy of love and kindness that spread coast to coast. We cherished meeting with you, your brother – my dad – Gene, and cousin Ellie when you sailed into Boston a few years back, and truly enjoyed our lunch date in Irvine. Rest in peace Dear Aunt.

    Dear Cousins,
    Know that we have been thinking of you and your families a lot since your Mom’s health declined last year. We hope you can find peace and acceptance in her passing. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Love from Boston, Kathy & Mike

    1. Kimberly Voelker-Peck says:

      Kathy, please forgive me for my delayed response. I just saw your posting. I don’t think we have ever met in person. Your note about my mom, Cheryl was very touching. I’m glad she was able to spend some time with you. Every day is still sad, but working through it. I recently saw the posting about your dad (and mom’s brother) Gene. I am so sad to hear, and send my sincerest condolences. I’m thinking the Rush’s are enjoying a party with the clan back together in a new, better place. Thank you for your kind note. Gene, RIP

  3. My wonderful sister-in-law. You were there most of my life and I will truly miss you!

  4. Kevin Mikula says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  5. Elaine (Ellie) Rush Arruda says:

    I feel very fortunate to have had Cheryl as an aunt and friend. Her energy and adventurous spirit were contagious and inspiring. I am thankful for and will always cherish the times I was able to spend with her. Wishing the family sincere condolences and know that Cheryl was a very special person loved by many.
    With love,

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