ARNOLD, MI. - Cheryl Lynn Roberts, age 66, of 52232 Co. Road 426, Arnold, MI passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her home in Arnold of an apparent heart attack.
She was born on September 27, 1947 in Marquette and was the daughter of Matthew and Betty (McMaster) Whitelaw. Cheryl attended Bishop Baraga High School and after high school she began her employment career as a nurse's aid working in various Marquette area nursing homes.
In 1965, Cheryl married Robert Dillinger, then married Dennis McCleod, and on June 7, 1985 she married James E. Roberts, Jr. in Northland. Cheryl and Jim resided in South Carolina for most of the last 20 years where they were foster parents to over 100 children over 18 years. Twice the couple was named South Carolina's "Foster Parents of the Year". Cheryl was a caring, supportive, and loving, foster mother and took great pride in helping children in need. Prior to retiring from Foster Parenting, Cheryl & Jim adopted the two children that they received as newborns out of the hospital.
Cheryl L. Roberts
Being native "Yoopers", in the fall of 2013, Cheryl & Jim where called back home looking forward to retiring on the Roberts Homestead in Arnold.
Her greatest joy in life were; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, animal lover, and a passionate deer hunter.
Cheryl is survived by: Husband:James - Arnold Daughter: Vicki Hall Monks Corner, SC. Children Kadie, Jeremy, Jesse, and Sara. Great-Grandchild Jaycee. Son: Kenny (Michelle) Dillinger Houghton, MI.Children Cody, Taylor, Sydney, and Madison. Son: Chad Dillinger Whitewater, WI. Children Faith and Brandon. Son: Army MSG Michael (Jennifer) Dillinger Fort Lewis, WA. Children Sophie and Lily. Daughter:Fawn (Jim) Hall Goose Creek, SC. Children Brooke and Hailey. Son:Jimmy McCleod Goose Creek, SC. Son:Anthony Roberts Arnold. Daughter:Kerri Roberts Arnold. Sisters: Mary (Leigh) Brinker - KinrossShelia (Mike) Holmes Arnold. Debbie Mohrman Marquette. Lisa (Paul) Withey Park Falls, WI. Brothers-in-Law: Dean (Cheri) Roberts Gwinn. Jeff Roberts Arnold. John (Barb) Roberts Arnold. Gerald (Debbie) Roberts Gwinn. Ron Kangas - Gwinn. Sisters-in-Law:Connie (Paul) Williams Mountain Grove, MO. Jacqueline (Rodger) Cole Northland. Inez (Tony) Gustafson Foster City. Many Nieces, Nephews, Friends, and Neighbors.
Cheryl was preceded in death by; her parents, sister Robin Kangas, brother Jimmy Whitelaw, and grandchildren Kadie and River Major.
A visitation will be held at the Wells Township Hall in Arnold on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 12:00 2:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Funeral services celebrating the life of Cheryl Lynn Roberts will follow at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) with Coach Bill Hill of Gwinn officiating.
A luncheon will be served in the township hall at the conclusion of the funeral service. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements, expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Roberts family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.