Cheryl D. Lanterna

Cheryl D. Lanterna

July 11, 1948 - March 20, 2018
Lake Forest CA

Cheryl D. Lanterna

July 11, 1948 - March 20, 2018
Lake Forest CA


Cheryl Lanterna passed away peacefully with her family at her side on March 20, 2018 after a short but courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Middletown, Connecticut on July 11, 1948, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and went on to receive a degree from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She began her career as an elementary school teacher, then spent some time in kitchen design, but it was when she moved to Southern California in 1994 that she found her true calling in working with the elderly, a passion that lasted 25 years and was kindled by her experiences with her grandmothers. She worked for several years at Villa del Sol, an assisted living community, but she truly blossomed as the Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice of Saddleback Memorial Care, a position that she held for 13 years. She had a unique ability to connect and communicate with seniors. The irony is that her disease progressed so aggressively that she never received the hospice care services that she spent so many years providing to others.

Cheryl was survived by her husband of 47 years, Skip, her daughters Jody and Jessica, and six grandchildren, Isabella, James, Conner, Francesca, Vincent, and Julia. She is also survived by her sister, Karen, sisters- and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, and multitudes of friends and neighbors who all will dearly miss her. Cheryl’s life was characterized by infinite love for family and friends and boundless generosity.

One of her fondest memories, and one that she had planned to repeat, was a family reunion at “the Yellow House” in Myrtle Beach. Family and friends were such a part of Cheryl’s life, and she loved nothing better than having a house full of people, especially at holidays. That also gave her an opportunity to decorate, cook, and bake. If twenty were expected, she cooked for forty! No one ever left her home hungry. One of her favorite activities was the Friday Night TGIF porch parties in The Woods, the neighborhood where she lived.

After her retirement, she joined The Amigos de la Colina and served as a Docent at Heritage Hill Historical Park. She enjoyed leading tours as well as serving as a School Marm for children who visited. In addition to learning about our local history, it added another segment of wonderful friends who welcomed her into their lives. She had also joined the Saddleback Emeritus Chorale and was preparing for their Spring Concert.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 16 at 10:00am at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest, followed immediately by a reception in the church hall to celebrate Cheryl’s rich but much too short life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MemorialCare Hospice and Palliative Services, which was closest to her heart.



Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: April 16, 2018 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Santiago De Compostela Catholic Church
  • Location: 21682 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-8599

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52 responses to Cheryl D. Lanterna

  1. Dear Skip, Jody and Jessica — how can words ever convey our heartbreak at your loss. Cheryl was such a wonderful mother, spouse and friend to us all. We remember the times in Colorado and especially all the great get togethers in California. She is too beautiful to describe and it’s hard to imagine never seeing her again. Hopefully on the other side. God be with your family — you are in our prayers.

  2. What a wonderful woman. We were introduced to Skip and Cheryl by our mutual friend, Chris. We shared 15 days on a European river cruise with them. What a special couple. We were so looking forward to spending more time with them. Cheryl was such a kind, funny, spirited woman. Her time on Earth was too short. Our sympathy to Skip and the family.
    Deb and Jim Stapleton. .

  3. Such a nice person to know. It always was a pleasure to see you when you came to visit the Assisted Living Community that I worked at. Rest In Piece sweet lady.

  4. No words can express our shock and concern upon learning of the passing of this very special lady ! May you find comfort in knowing that she was loved by so many and will be deeply missed ?

  5. Lauren Page says:

    Jessica…I am blessed to have known your mom!! She was always so welcoming to me, it was like she was a surrogate mom. I will always remember spending Thanksgiving with your family with my one year-old – my husband had to work and I had no family nearby and of course Cheryl welcomed me like I was family!! She will be greatly missed. I’m praying for y’all here in North Carolina, and I wish I could be there to celebrate her life!

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