Sheryl J. Belfrage, 49, of Sergeant Bluff, and formerly of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at a Sioux City hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Sheryl was born Feb. 2, 1955, in Le Mars, the daughter of Glenn and Darlene (Plueger) Gronemeyer. She attended Le Mars Community High School, and later attended college at Westmar College in Le Mars where she earned her degree in secondary education. Sheryl moved to Sergeant Bluff in 1977, where she had lived since. In Sergeant Bluff, she taught language arts at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Middle School for 25 years.
Sheryl was married to Kent Behr of DeWitt from 1974 until 1989. In 1992, Sheryl married Winston Belfrage of Sergeant Bluff.
Sheryl was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed being part of the choir. She was also a member of the Writer's Club, Red Hat Society, National Education Association, International Reading Association and an officer in the DWBH Club. She was also certified with middle school endorsements in reading and English.
Sheryl was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed gardening at her farm house in the country. She also loved spending time with her husband and family doing all the wonderful things she loved. Her passion for teaching and touching young lives gave her the greatest satisfaction and enjoyment.
Survivors include her husband, Winston; three children and their spouses: Korey and Wendy Behr of Sioux City, Kyle and Shelley Behr of Sioux City, and Brittni and Chad Buffum of Sioux City; five grandchildren, Jessi Behr, Trenton Behr, Shelby Stewart, Kameron Behr, and Taylor Buffum; her mother, Darlene Gronemeyer of Le Mars; two brothers, Greg Gronemeyer of Bartlesville, Okla., and Rick Gronemeyer of Bartlesville, Okla.; one sister, Barb Schuler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two nephews and one niece.
She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Gronemeyer; and her grandparents, Fred and Laura Plueger and William and Evelyn Gronemeyer.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Community United Methodist Church in Sergeant Bluff. Interment will follow at the Woodbury Township Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 2 to 8 pm, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Waterbury Funeral Service in Sergeant Bluff is in charge of arrangements.