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Cheryl A. Dare

Canton – Cheryl A. Dare, 71, of Canton, passed away at 9:35 AM on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Graham Hospital E.R. She was born on February 12, 1947 in Redoak, IA to Marion and Lydia Ann (Lyman) Pennington. She married Henry Dare on February 9, 1974 in Geneseo, IL, he survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Greg (Sammi) Dare of Pekin and Phil (Kris) Dare of Canton; four grandchildren, Isaac Dare, Madison Dare, Elizabeth (Eric Weiser) Hayes, and Emma Hayes; two brothers, Hugh (Char) Pennington of WA and Paul (Jeannie) Pennington of Peoria, AZ; and one sister, Donna (Bruce) Quayle of Peoria, IL.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents.

Cheryl graduated high school in Beatrice, Nebraska and later graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a school teacher for a total of 35 years between Carpentersville, IL, Malden, IL, Geneseo, IL and lastly Lincoln Elementary School in Canton, IL for 24 years. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, Chapter LY PEO Sisterhood in Canton, Peoria Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild, Canton Piecer’s of the Heartland, and the Illinois and Fulton County retired teachers.

Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, where a visitation will be held an hour prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing and Rev. Leanne Noland will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Spoon River College Foundation. To make online condolences you may go to

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  • Kyle "Scot" Reynolds

    Reply January 22, 2019 3:53 pm

    Henry and Family,

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Cheryl. We were so surprised to hear of her passing. She was truly a very special person to everyone. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


    Scot and Denise Reynolds

    • Dennis and Paula Crawford

      Reply January 23, 2019 8:58 am

      Dennis and I were so sorry to hear about Cheryl. We are out of town but wanted you to know we will be lifting you and the family in prayer for God’s comfort at this difficult time.

  • Steven M Graham

    Reply January 22, 2019 4:11 pm

    Dear Henry and Family. I was saddened to hear of Cheryl’s passing. What a sudden shock to all of you. Henry and I grew up in 4-H, band and school together. May God, family and friends comfort you during this tough time. Regards, Steven Graham, Manhattan, KS

  • JoAnn Reed (Mueller)

    Reply January 22, 2019 4:49 pm

    Cheryl was one of the best teachers ever. Always a smile on her face. Always building people up instead. We need more teachers like her. Went to school and remember birthday parties with her son Phil and rest of our class till i moved in 7th grade. Lord bless all of her children and husband in this time of passing. Hugs.

  • Chris Collins

    Reply January 22, 2019 5:21 pm


    Our sincerest sympathy is with you and your family. I can’t imagine what you and your family is going through. We will keep you and your family on our prayers.

  • Jodie & Robbin Kost

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Henry, Phil, and Kris – we hold your family in our hearts.

  • Bob and Joyce Harland

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:31 pm

    Henry, Greg and Phil,
    So very sorry to hear about Cheryl’s passing. This is a beautiful picture. I will never forget that smile! She loved her boys, and I am sure she was a wonderful grandmother. We are sorry we will not be able to attend her services. You all will be in our prayers.
    Bob and Joyce

  • Deborah Zaborac

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:38 pm

    Henry and Family
    I really enjoyed chatting with you two at our class reunion. Cheryl seemed like such a lovely lady! Prayers for you and your family!
    Deborah Zaborac and Family

  • Jill Pennington

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:52 pm

    Sending love to you all. I’m so sorry for the loss of Aunt Cheryl…

  • Kim Setraycic

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:58 pm

    Sorry to hear of her passing. Cheryl was a sweet and gentle person. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

    Tony and Kim

  • Phyllis and Donald Hanawalt

    Reply January 22, 2019 7:29 pm

    Henry and family so sorry for your loss
    Our thoughts are with you all

  • Dee Doubet

    Reply January 22, 2019 7:46 pm

    Henry and family — Denny and I were so sorry to learn of Cheryl’s death. She was a sweetheart. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time and wish we could be there with you this weekend. We are out of town and won’t be back in time. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Denny & Dee Doubet

  • Randy and Samantha Klinedinst

    Reply January 22, 2019 9:10 pm

    Henry, Greg, Phil & to all the family….Cheryl always had a beautiful smile, and was a good friend to those who knew her…she loved her family, and loved the children she taught on this earth all those years, and always looked out for them….so without a doubt, the good Lord will watch over Cheryl in her new home….heaven!…prayers for all those who will miss her and her beautiful soul!!….until we meet again!

  • Sharon and Fred Odendahl

    Reply January 22, 2019 9:33 pm

    Henry, Greg, and Phil, I am so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. I have enjoyed knowing her for so many years as a fellow teacher, a PEO sister, and as a church friend. I pray that God grants you his comfort and peace.

  • Joy Nidiffer

    Reply January 22, 2019 10:28 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Mrs Dares passing. She taught my son Travis Friedrich who inspired by her went on to become a teacher also.

  • Marvin and Roxanne Yocum

    Reply January 22, 2019 10:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply January 23, 2019 4:34 am

    To Henry,Greg,and Phil:So sorry about Cheryl’s passing.God’s blessings be upon all of you at this time of loss.Howard(Danny)Soper.

  • Rick & Tammy Smith

    Reply January 23, 2019 8:15 am

    Henry and family…We are so sorry for your loss. May the memories of being with Cheryl and her smile fill your heart with the love she has given each of you. Prayers that God’s grace will help to get you through this rough time.

  • Janet McCaughey

    Reply January 23, 2019 9:12 am

    Henry, Janice and family, I am so sorry about Cheryl ‘s passing. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. My prayers are with you.

  • Dennis and Paula Crawford

    Reply January 23, 2019 9:30 am

    Henry, Dennis and I were sorry to hear about Cheryl. We are out of town but wanted you to know that we will be lifting you and the family in prayer for God to comfort you at this difficult time.

  • Randy and Debi Black

    Reply January 23, 2019 4:12 pm

    Henry and family. Randy and I are thinking of you in your tiime of sorrow. Our love and prayers for all of you. Cheryl will be missed by all. God bless.

  • David Little

    Reply January 23, 2019 5:45 pm

    Cheryl’s fellow retired teachers from Fulton County have donated $25.00 to the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation which helps retired teachers with low income to pay their bills and gives scholarships to future teachers. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • John Farley

    Reply January 23, 2019 5:57 pm

    Henry and Family:

    So sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. We know she will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Our deepest sympathy.
    Your Friends,
    John and Lori Farley
    Manhattan, Kansas

  • Mike and Marty Hasty

    Reply January 23, 2019 6:29 pm

    Words can not discribe how saddened we are. She was a very special person in our lives. We both loved Cheryl, and I particularly missed the times we had together, after our move. The whole Dare family is so special to us. Our hearts are breaking for your loss. May God bless and hold you always. Much love.

  • Bill and Judy Kemper

    Reply January 23, 2019 7:46 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Cheryl always had such a pleasant smile. It was a gift to know her. May God be with you at this difficult time.

  • Paul Parish

    Reply January 24, 2019 6:33 am

    Henry, may God’s face shine upon you and your family and give you peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. Paul Parish

  • Colleen Riley

    Reply January 24, 2019 8:14 pm

    Cheryl was in our GEMS bible study group at First Christian and I loved her precious spirit. I am so shocked and so sorry to hear of her passing. Praying for Henry, Greg, Phil and grandchildren who will sorely miss her. God be with you as you walk through your grief.

  • Cindy and Larry Dodd

    Reply January 25, 2019 10:34 pm

    Henry and family. We were saddened to learn of Cheryl’s sudden passing. We wish we could be at the service tomorrow but know you will be surrounded by friends and family. May Gid’s peace comfort all of you!

  • Audrey Hensley

    Reply January 26, 2019 3:28 pm

    My deepest condolences to your family. Mrs. Dare was my fourth grade teacher; and I have very fond memories of her. God Bless during this difficult time.

  • Susan and Mike Payne

    Reply January 26, 2019 5:08 pm

    Henry and family, We are so sorry to hear of Cheryls passing. Especially after her service was held. Our deepest condolences Henry. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Mike and Mary Scott

    Reply January 26, 2019 7:31 pm

    Henry, Greg, Phil & to all the family, Mary and I were so sorry to hear about Cheryl. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Sheldon Kidd

    Reply January 26, 2019 11:53 pm

    I am extremely sorry for your loss of a wonderful mother and wife, she taught me in second grade along with my older brother and sister. You guys are wonderful neighbors and great Godly people. You all are in my prayers. God bless.

  • Sharon Bosserman

    Reply February 2, 2019 5:13 pm

    To the Dare families,
    How difficult to have our loved ones taken from us so quickly! Although we know we will see them again in Heaven, the time on earth without them is hard to bare. My sympathies! Praying for comfort for you all!
    Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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