Cheryl Lynn Sellers Turetzky
July 26, 2018
The second of three daughters in a family of six, Cheryl was born to the late Harold and Bernice Sellers in Chicago, Illinois, where she was raised. She graduated from Sullivan High School and went on to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she met her husband-to-be, Steve. After she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in English, and obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching, they moved to metro Detroit. Their children were born and raised in and around the Detroit suburb of Southfield. A bibliophile herself, Cheryl fostered a love of reading in her children, shuttling them from one after-school library program to the next when they weren't volunteering at historical societies, visiting science museums, attending camps, or driving to their next family vacation. Cheryl assured that, in a week, the family would cram in the amount of learning the average family might not be exposed to in a decade. She didn't stop at enriching her family's intellect, though, commonly being seen preparing class parties, attending and hosting PTA events, and even challenging teachers and administrators who weren't up to snuff. For a time, she also developed and taught several cultural enrichment classes for children through the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit. She volunteered at numerous sites and events, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Television, Detroit Historical Museum, University of Michigan's Matthei Botanical Gardens, the Crocker House, Meadow Brook Hall, and more recently, Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Undaunted by her move with her husband to northern Virginia after spending the previous 35 years in Detroit, she quickly found new ways to become active in the community, including volunteering and joining over a dozen local book clubs.
Cheryl will forever live on in the hearts of her surviving family and all those whom she touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the nonprofit organization Room to Read (http://www.roomtoread.org; 415-839-4400), supporting literacy and education around the world. The family graciously thanks all who honor Cheryl's memory.
I remember working alongside Cheryl in the Derby MS library when our sons were there. She was a tireless volunteer, always making sure the students had the resources they needed. I know that she will be missed by all who learned from her through her volunteerism. My heartfelt condolences to you all.