Cheryl Diane Coyle passed away at home with her family on April 20, 2014. Born to Raymond Sylvester and Anne Elizabeth (Scotting) Coyle in Marshall, MN, on June 5, 1946, Cheryl grew up in Danube and Murdoch, MN.
A brilliant student, Cheryl was also musically talented. She remained friends and rediscovered friendships with her classmates throughout her life, and was looking forward to attending class reunions this summer.
Active in high school theater, Cheryl continued acting during her college years at Macalester College in St. Paul, where she was also active in many clubs and student activities.
Cheryl loved adventure and travel. After college, she borrowed $500 from the Murdoch bank and boarded a plane for San Diego, CA. With a carefree spirit and can-do attitude, she quickly found a place to live and a job at a detective agency where she began her work undercover as a bank employee. Her salary at the bank was minimal, but supplemented with the contract rate of $125 per weekly report to the agency, she was able to enjoy her time in California.
While in California, Cheryl traveled frequently, including a trip to Europe and several domestic hiking/camping/motorcycle trips with her friend, “Dutch.”
After deciding to pursue a professional degree, Cheryl returned to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota, where she completed 1- years of additional science coursework and then attended Veterinary Medical School.
While at the U, her sense of adventure led Cheryl to take out a campus newspaper ad for a traveling companion for a trip to Mexico. With a young woman from Chile who responded, she drove a car to Texas and delivered it to the owner there and they walked across the border into Mexico. Many great adventures later, they returned to Minnesota and Cheryl continued her educational excellence through graduation from veterinary school six months after her first child, Elizabeth, was born.
Cheryl began to practice in Faribault, MN, and there met fellow vet, Dean Franz. They farmed together south of Northfield, MN, traveled together including trips to Europe, Korea and around the States, and celebrated the births of two more children, Jeremiah and Eleanora.
Cheryl returned to practice in Woodbury, and then opened All Small Critters pet clinic in Oakdale. A talented vet and gifted surgeon, she gained the loyalty and trust of many long term clients for her care of their pets and breeding animals.
After selling her practice, Cheryl worked at Argosy University, teaching in the veterinary technology program. There Cheryl had fantastic co-workers with whom she shared many fun times and laughter. She treasured the people and relationships she built there. During this time she made trips to Japan for the exchange program and personal trips abroad as well.
Yet retirement loomed, and a daughter and her family in North Dakota drew Cheryl to Minot, where she worked as a veterinarian for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Again, she tackled the challenge of her work and enjoyed the special people she worked with.
Cheryl had a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor, and an adventurous soul. A determined, resourceful and strong woman, she said the meaning of her life was her three children. She was so proud of them, not only for their accomplishments, but for the people they are. A proud grandmother, she often marveled at her 5 grandkids’ smarts, spunk and kindness. Cheryl was equally proud of her siblings and many nieces/nephews. Cheryl is survived by her children Elizabeth (David) Lundstrom of Hazen, ND, and Northfield, MN, Jeremiah (Bethany) Franz of St. Paul, MN, and Eleanora Franz of Katy, TX, grandchildren Hannah, Henry, Fred, Ray Lundstrom and Harper Franz, siblings Sandy Coyle, Nancy Coyle, Larry (Sarah) Coyle, Elaine (Kent) Boyd, Brian (Janet) Coyle, Dick (Betty) Martin and June (Dick) Rupp, and many nieces and nephews.
A beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Cheryl will be greatly missed by many. A celebration of life memorial picnic and prayer service were held at Crosby Farm Park (St. Paul, MN) on June 7.