Cheryl Mason, 70, of Cape Coral, formerly of Griffith and Schererville, Ind., passed away Friday June 27, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Betty and Ralph Beiriger; sister, Betsy Christenson; husband, Dr. Theodore (Ted) D. Mason; and fianc Adolph (Buddy) Traurig.
She is survived by her brother, Ltc (Ret.) Richard (Karen) A. Beiriger of Plant City, Fla.; daughter, Tonya Sears-Brokop of Duluth, Minn.; son, Jon Joseph of Lafayette, Ind.; step-daughters, Anne (Matt) Mason-Jacobs of Fairfax, Calif., Thea (Brian) Mason-Koehler of Encinitas, Calif., Cate Mason of San Francisco, Calif., and Merree Mason of Portage, Ind.; grandchildren, Joshua Sears of Merrillville, Ind., and Andrew and Nina Brokop of Hobart, Ind.; nieces, Stephanie (Dennis) Pawlowski of Plant City, Fla., Jennifer (Tim) Mathew of Valparaiso, Ind., and Heather (Tim) Bayer of Winter Park, Fla.; nephews, Cass (Nicole) Christenson of Bethesda, Md., Kent Christenson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Matthew (Mary) J. Beiriger III of Oakton, Va.; as well as many cousins and extended family.
Mrs. Mason graduated from Griffith High School in 1961 and kept in close touch with her many close friends over the years. After completing her undergraduate education at Indiana University and attaining her master's at Purdue University, she taught high school English for 6 years before becoming the media specialist at Munster High School (Ind.) for 28 years. After retiring in 1999, she was a seasonal Florida resident until 2002 when Ted passed away. She became a permanent Florida resident in 2006 and her parents lived with her until their deaths in 2012.
She loved to sing, dance, travel and read. She was a choir member and cantor at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Schererville, Ind., for 30 years and at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral, after joining in 1999.
She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She was a very special lady.
Earth's loss is heaven's gain. Funeral arrangements are pending through Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN (219-836-5000).
There will be a mass of Christian burial at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Schererville, Ind., and interment will be at St. Michael's Cemetery, also in Schererville, at a later date.
A memorial mass will also be held in Cape Coral at St. Andrew Catholic Church.