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Vicky Lee Cherepkai, 71, of Terre Haute, passed away in her home Wednesday, July 26, 2017. She was born June 22, 1946, to Ralph and Mary Downing, in Terre Haute. She was a resident of Terre Haute all of her life.
Vicky is survived by two sons, Lyle R. Cherepkai and David Lee Cherepkai; two brothers, Ralph Downing and his wife Sharon and Larry Downing and his wife Kaye; nephews, Ralph III, Chris and Jeff; and a niece, Terri.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Michael Todd Cherepkai.
In 1985 Vicky began working as a part-time secretary and lunch room assistant at Deming Elementary School. She chose this job for two simple reasons; all three of her children would be students there, and it was only one block from home. Her own children completed grade school, as she loved working with children. She continued working at Deming until 2006, when circumstances lead to her early retirement at 62 years old. In addition to her day job, she volunteered at the American Legion and VFW for bingo games. Her mother Mary also volunteered at both, and it was something they both could enjoy together. Vicky enjoyed being around people and was very well liked and respected by anyone she met. She was a truly genuine person, raised by loving parents and shared her family and friends the same values and moral fiber that made her so down to earth. She will be gravely missed.
The family has chosen cremation, with private services, Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at: www.greinerfuneralhome.com
Published on August 3, 2017
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