Charlene “Sherry” Anne Colehour (Quinnild), age of 77 of Willmar, died December 1, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar from COVID complications.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. www.petersonbrothers.com
Sherry was born in Fargo, North Dakota, on December 8, 1942, to Marion and Clayton Quinnild, as the elder of two daughters. Sherry graduated high school from Dickinson, ND and attended North Dakota State University, where she met her husband, Jeffrey Colehour.
Sherry was lifeguard in her youth and continued her love for water activities by teaching water aerobics and swim lessons at Willmar Junior High School pool. She kept up her teaching ways by being a teacher’s assistant with Willmar Senior High School, where she thoroughly enjoyed challenging students to be their best.
Sherry was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church. For many years she participated in the annual church bazaar, making hundreds of handmade ornaments each season. Many of these have become heirlooms to the recipients. When her children were younger, she was an avid hockey mom, den mother, and room mom. The hot cocoa recipe is still an all-time favorite.
Sherry loved reading, traveling the world with her sister and doing Sudoku puzzles. She also loved board games and often would spend hours with her grandchildren playing Connect Four. One of her true joys was being around her grandchildren sharing life stories of life growing up in North Dakota and keeping them in line with her own unique style.
Sherry loved attending the Guthrie theatre where she long held season tickets to the shows. She was also an ardent collector of Santa Claus memorabilia as her favorite season was Christmas and sharing the joy of giving. She also loved animals, especially her cats, both indoor and outdoor.
Sherry is survived by her husband Jeffrey Colehour, her four children Scott and Alixandra (Grade) Colehour of Minnetonka, MN, Steven and Jenna (Kuntz) Colehour of Chaska, MN, Bradley and Ann Marie (Liggett) Colehour of Mount Prospect, IL, and Daniel Colehour of Willmar, MN, eight beloved grandchildren, Alex, Courtney (Ryan), William (Lisa), MacTaggert, Maggie, Emma, Kate, and Torrin, five great grandchildren, Amelia, Jackson, Max, Makenzie, and Liam, nieces Jaye Lyne Erickson and Ann (Colehour) Mullen, and nephew Jeffrey Erickson. Sherry was preceded in death by parents, Marion A. Quinnild and Clayton L. Quinnild and her sister Susan J. Quinnild.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the many animal charities available in memory of Sherry.