Cheryl Porter DeCusati

Cheryl Louise Porter DeCusati

Monday, January 13th, 1958 - Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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Obituary

Cheryl Louise Porter DeCusati, aged 60, recently retired and beloved kindergarten teacher in the Bellefonte Area School District for 25 years, died at home Thursday January 3, 2019 after an extended illness.

She received a Masters of Science in Education from Penn State and taught for nearly 35 years in the Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area Public School Systems, also the Alliance Christian School; inspiring hundreds of young students and teachers.

Since 1992, Bellefonte was home to Cheryl and her husband of 32 years, Paul DeCusati, and she became very active in community events, including Victorian Christmas, the Milesburg Car Show, and Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association. She enthusiastically helped give tours of Bellefonte’s Victorian houses and enjoyed refurbishing and decorating her own Victorian home on Curtin Street. Recently, she was an active volunteer at Centre Crest Nursing Home.

Cheryl was a joyous Christian and an active member of Park Forest Baptist Church in State College, where she taught Sunday School and was involved in many of the children’s events. She will not only be remembered for her faith, but the love that she had for teaching and for her students and the lives that she touched. Cheryl took each child’s hand, in hopes of opening their mind, but ended up touching their hearts. The memories and love and learning that she instilled in all of her “kids” will forever be treasured.

Cheryl was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1958 and was raised in a loving farm family in Brownsville, PA. This childhood framed her values and view of the world, and she was always proud of her early life there. Her parents were the late Wayne Dils and Mary Lou (Lutes) Porter.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her older brother Wayne D. Porter Jr. and wife Susan, children Willson, Melissa, Wesley and Emily; brother Charles E. Porter and wife Patricia, children Stephanie (Ken) Hahn and Matthew (Katie) Porter; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am – 12 noon at Park Forest Baptist Church at 3030 Carnegie Drive, State College. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at noon at the church with Pastor Jeremy Field officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cheryl’s memory to Park Forest Baptist Church – Children’s Ministry at 3030 Carnegie Drive, State College, PA 16803.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Park Forest Baptist Church
    Address
    3030 Carnegie Drive
    STATE COLLEGE, PA 16803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family has requested that if anyone wishes to purchase flowers to please do so through George's Floral Boutique at 482 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801 and their phone number is 814-237-2722. The family chose a "Victorian Theme" for their flowers.
  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Park Forest Baptist Church
    Address
    3030 Carnegie Drive
    STATE COLLEGE, PA 16803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family has requested that if anyone wishes to purchase flowers to please do so through George's Floral Boutique at 482 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801 and their phone number is 814-237-2722. The family chose a "Victorian Theme" for their flowers.
    Officiant
    Pastor Jeremy Field
  • Interment

    Location
    Private at the convenience of the family
    Address
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Joe Vasey, and Kenneth Vasey sent flowers to the family of Cheryl Louise Porter DeCusati.
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Janet Shaw Myers and Robert Shaw

Posted at 08:14pm
The Porters were neighbors of ours when they lived on the farm in Brownsville and Cheryl was a playmate of my younger step sister. she was always a sweet little girls who makes me smile even today when I think of her unknowingly sharing her measles with me when I was in high school. deepest sympathy for not only her husband but also for Wayne D and Charles from: Janet Shaw Myers and my brother Robert Shaw
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Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Joe Vasey, and Kenneth Vasey

Posted at 10:03am
In honor of Cheryl DeCusati's (from Bellefonte, PA) for your many years of dedicated work to our youth as they started their life's education.
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Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Joe Vasey, and Kenneth Vasey

Posted at 09:38am
Remembering you and "Cheryl Porter DeCusati" in our minds and in our hearts. We send you thoughts of peace and comfort.
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Nancy Cone

Posted at 05:28pm
Cheryl was our daughter's first grade teacher at Alliance Christian School. Her gentle instruction, love and guidance will never be forgotten. We loved Cheryl dearly as her spirit always left behind the fragrance of Jesus. I cannot thank her enough for today our "little girl" is a college professor. Cheryl has a big impact in our daughter's love for books. Cheryl is much loved and much missed! Hugs and prayers! Nancy Cone
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Karen Delmonico

Posted at 06:33pm
Cheryl will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful individual. She accomplished a lot over her life that was unfortunately, cut way too short. My deep condolences to her family.
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