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Cheryl Carter 02/04/2024

Cheryl (Emmrich) Carter, age 72, of River Falls passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2024, surrounded by family.

Cheryl was born November 18, 1951 in Milwaukee to Harold and June (Darrow) Emmrich.  She attended Cedarburg High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Concordia University Wisconsin.  She held several positions in adult education, spending many years starting satellite locations for Concordia University Wisconsin and teaching online college courses.

Cheryl married William (Bill) Carter and raised three boys together, Chris, Willie and Jeff.  Although she always wanted a daughter, God answered her prayers and blessed her with five granddaughters and a grandson.  She also cherished her two daughters-in-law, Jen and Kelly.

Cheryl was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother.  She found strength in her family and faith.  Bill and Cheryl were dedicated followers of Christ and spent many hours in support of their church.

Cheryl had many hobbies throughout her life but found her true gift in quilting.  She would often take quilting trips with friends and made countless quilts for loved ones.  She gave her time and talent generously to others.  She brought people together and loved her family dearly.  She especially enjoyed yearly family vacations “up north” with her extended family.  It was truly her happy place for her whole life.

Our family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Lakeview Hospice and Homecare for the love they gave Mom.  Their compassion and care helped comfort our Mom and our family in her final days.

She is survived by her husband Bill, their three sons; Chris (Jen), Willie and Jeff (Kelly), and her six grandchildren, Hannah, Lila, Will, Emma, Amelia and Olivia. Also survived by her sister Diane Timm, sister-in-law Sue Emmrich, brother-in-law Grant Pipkorn and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold & June Emmrich, brothers Larry Emmrich and Terry Emmrich, sister Suzanne Pipkorn, nephew Bradley Pipkorn, sister-in-law Sue Johnson and brother-in-law Don Timm.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 12:00 noon at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (420 S 4th St.) River Falls. Cheryl’s service was live streamed via the link at the bottom of the obituary.  Visitation was also on Thursday from 10:30-12:00 noon at the church.   Memorials may be given in memory of Cheryl to the donor’s favorite charity.

A second memorial service was held at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, WI on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 12 noon.  Visitation was Saturday from 10:30-12:00 noon. 

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Cheryl’s Serive on 2/15/24



  • Carole Mottaz Posted February 6, 2024 7:14 am

    Cheryl was such a sweet person. She was creative and was a lovely addition to our Rocking with Roxie exercise class. We will miss her. 💕

  • Ann Rice Posted February 6, 2024 6:04 pm

    Cheryl was a wonderful colleague and friend during our time at CUW. We had so much fun on director retreats in Shawano. She was always ready to lend a listening ear and caring heart. Rest in peace Cheryl.

  • Alyce Jacobs Posted February 7, 2024 2:25 pm

    Cheryl was a friend who loved learning and experiences. She enjoyed going to new or favorite places and trying out different activities. If she wanted to go somewhere or do something, she called a friend and said “let’s go” and off we went. I loved her interests, her sharing and caring personality, her happiness in life and especially her love of family. She lived her beliefs and trusted her faith in God. I love you Cheryl. You are always in my heart.

  • Kevin Timmerman Posted February 8, 2024 8:54 am

    Bill, my sympathy to you and your family

  • Mike Besch Posted February 9, 2024 3:27 pm

    I had the pleasure of working closely with Cheryl for 17 years at Concordia. In fact for most of that time her office was next to mine. What a wonderful colleague and friend. Resourceful, helpful to all and always cheerful. She will be greatly missed, but always fondly remembered.

  • Linda and Myron Kellar Posted February 10, 2024 9:54 am

    So sorry to hear this. Our sympathies to the Carter and Emmrich families.

  • Cheryl K Maplethorpe Posted February 14, 2024 5:13 pm

    Cheryl made our exercise class fun. I will miss her wonderful smile. I am so sorry that she is gone.

  • Angie Belz Posted March 13, 2024 9:57 am

    Cheryl was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her at CUW – she was such a gift to our students as a mentor, leader, advisor and teacher. She definitely made a difference and impacted many lives. Rest in peace Cheryl.

  • Paul Madala Posted March 16, 2024 2:14 pm

    Shooters and I would like to express our sympathy My cousin Cheryl was a wonderful wonderful girl and she is sorely missed

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