In loving memory of

Cheryl Ann Aeling
October 13, 1955 - May 14, 2019

Cheryl Ann Aeling, 63 of Cologne, MN and formerly of Winona, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her home.
Cheryl was born October 13, 1955 in St. Cloud to Donald and Clara (Zak) Aeling. She graduated from Winona Senior High School; Class of 1974, and furthered her education at Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, Control Data Institute and Capella University. For many years, she worked as an independent software consultant for her own company, Datatron Software. Cheryl eventually took a job with Birchwood Laboratories where she was currently employed.
Cheryl loved all animals - but especially horses and dogs. She enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, reading, traveling, pottery and cars. Her pride and joy were her nieces and nephews and their children. She would spoil them every chance she got.
Cheryl is survived by her mother, Clara "Clare" Aeling of Winona; brothers, Thomas Aeling of Winona, Mark (Bonnie) Aeling of Prescott, WI and Michael (Deborah) Aeling of Rochester; one sister, Pamela "Penny" (Duane) Koehler of Winona; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Jason) Mahlum, Laura (Chris) Devine, Brian Aeling, Jackie Aeling, Heather (Andrew) Grigg and Troy (Samantha) Koehler; step-nephew and niece, Corey (Carissa) Koehler and Stacey Koehler; many cherished great-nieces and nephews and her four-legged companions, Rosie & Emme.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral Mass will Be 11 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with the Reverend Mark McNea officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m., until the time of Mass. Cheryl will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery. Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Jackson, Jessica, & Lia Mahlum wrote on May 19, 2019:

"We love you great Auntie Cheryl! Thank you for the fun sleepovers at your house, the rides in your convertible, and for frosting Christmas cookies with us. You supported our online art club, school fundraisers, and school projects. Thanks for being one of our biggest fans! We love you and will always remember you. ~Jackson, Jessica, & Lia Mahlum"

Nancy @ Birchwood Laboratories wrote on May 16, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy on the loss of a great lady "

Sheryl (Glenna) Kjellberg wrote on May 15, 2019:

"I was a classmate of Cheryl's at Winona Senior High School, class of 1974. I'm so sorry to hear of Her passing. Hoping that Her family and friends can find comfort in knowing that She is without pain. My sincere and deepest condolences. May She rest in peace for all eternity."

Jan Shaver wrote on May 15, 2019:

"RIP dear friend-Be nice in Heaven-not everyone gets our humor. You left a huge footprint on this Earth-you will be missed."

Nicole DeBoer wrote on May 15, 2019:

"We are Cheryl?s next door neighbors. We are so sorry to hear of this. Cheryl was such a kind lady and we enjoyed chatting over the fence. My kids will miss greeting Emme and Rosie when they are outside playing. Praying for comfort for the family. We will miss her."

Mark Haesly wrote on May 15, 2019:

"I was a classmate of Cheryl?s, class of 1974 Winona Senior High School. Very shocked to hear this as I was looking forward to visiting with her at our upcoming 45th class reunion. You will be missed!! Mark HAZ Haesly"

Ann Brancich Ringlien wrote on May 15, 2019:

"I have so many good memories of Cheryl. She had such a huge heart. My condolences go out to the family."

Trina Case wrote on May 15, 2019:

"Heather I'm so Sorry for you and your Family. I can see Cheryl and Lori riding "