Viola Dee (Gay) Cherwink
|Posted 2019-02-10 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona|
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Viola D. Cherwink, 91, passed peacefully on Aug. 25, 2018. Viola was
born in Des Moines, Iowa, to William De Forrest and Viola Marie
(Hagglund) Gay on March 13, 1927.
At age 5 they moved to San Diego and her father taught music in the
He taught her violin and she went on to play with different orchestras
throughout the years. She was an avid roller skater, dancer and
musician along with a love of the outdoors.
In 1951 she married Joseph Dale May and had a daughter, Linda Sue in
1952. Viola worked at Convair /General Dynamics during the Atlas
Missile development and was proud to be a part of those efforts.
Several years later she married Joseph W. Cherwink and loved his three
children Bob, Jo, and David.
Through the years they enjoyed travelling the world, with adventures to
Asia, Russia, South America, Australia, and Europe. She retired in 1985
after 20 years working for Cubic Corporation.
They continued their travels with an RV driving across the U.S. and
enjoyed multiple cruises.
In 1991 they left San Diego and moved to Lake Montezuma. They enjoyed
their new golf community and meeting new friends. After her husband
passed away she joined Red Hats, Civic Club, was hostess at the Adult
Center and volunteered with several community endeavors.
She treasured time with friends, and loved to spend every moment she
could with family.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Chuck) Dorris, Joe Cherwink’s
children Robert, Jo Bell (Dennis), and David Cherwink (Wan). Four
grandchildren, Teek, Adam (Sara) Dorris, Joe (Shaun) and Justine
Cherwink, along with four great-granddaughters Brianna, Britney, Bella,
She was full of energy, love and fun. She will be missed every day.
Information provided by survivors.
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