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Cherie James Stellfox

  • On January 21, 2019
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Cherie James Stellfox, age 72 of McMurray, PA formerly Erie, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Born on October 13, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Howell L. “Bud” James Jr. and Barbara Teal James. Dear sister to H. Lester (Patricia) James III and Alan “Punk” (Margaret) James.

Beloved wife to Richard K. “Rick” Stellfox Sr. for 46 years. Loving mother to R. Kendell (Emily) Stellfox Jr., Teal (Katie) James Stellfox, Brittny (David) Anna Smith, and Cori (Daniel) Stellfox Weber. Cherished grandmother to David James “D.J.”, Cameron, Aurora, Uriah, Kayleigh, Elizabeth “Ella”, and Zachery.

Cherie graduated from Fairview High School in 1964 and Slippery Rock University in 1968.  Cherie worked as a Physical Education Teacher at Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA for 42 years.  During her teaching career she was heavily involved in many activities including coaching and the teachers union.  Cherie had a love for many different hobbies and collecting over her lifetime. In her retirement her greatest joy was spending time with her 7 grandchildren and escaping the cold to their Florida home.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 2 PM – 4 PM and 6 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 25th at 11 AM at Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 941-9050.  Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Gardens in McMurray, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org, or Alzheimer’s Association,www.alz.org.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.pittsburghcremation.com.

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26 Comments

Barb livingston
  • Jan 21 2019
Ohhhh Cherie....you are already missed by so many. Your kind, loving, generous, fun loving smile and energy are a source of strength and hope for many of us. Your KO family appreciated your perseverance! Your grandchildren are lucky to have had you...........you will live on. Enjoy some pease and quiet and rest.
Joel Vanucci
  • Jan 21 2019
Rick and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I always considered Cherie a good friend and I have the utmost respect for her and your family.
Nick Kamberis
  • Jan 21 2019
Cherie will be missed but never forgotten. She touched hundreds of lives at Keystone Oaks. Her spirit, work ethic and enthusiasm is infused in all of us who were fortunate enough to call her friend, teacher or coworker. Words can’t justify how much that I learned from Her. Thank you Cherie Stellfox!
Jim Mizia
  • Jan 22 2019
So sorry for your family 's loss!
Pat Cunningham
  • Jan 22 2019
A lovely soul gone all too soon. Heartfelt sympathy!
Kristy achilles
  • Jan 22 2019
My prayers to the Stellfox family. Mrs. Stellfox was my 9th grade gym teacher. Her dedication to her students is one i will always remember.
Rich Locher
  • Jan 22 2019
Rick and family, You know we thought the world of Cherie. We are going to miss her. A beautiful lady.
Barbara Griffin
  • Jan 22 2019
To Rick and family, I worked with Cherie at Aiken School. I enjoyed our many discussions at our end of the building. She was a dictated teacher, a caring coworker & especially proud loving mother. She will be missed.
Laura Timbario Quering
  • Jan 22 2019
So sorry to be reading this. I had Ms. Stellfox as both a freshman and sophomore and always loved her fun and inviting nature. She always was kind and patient with us (even as a bratty teenager who didn’t feel like changing for gym) . She was a great teacher who always had a smile on her face. My deepest condolences.
Joanna & James Coleman
  • Jan 22 2019
So sorry for your Family's loss. May God, family and friends bring Peace, love and comfort at this difficult time. James & Joanna Coleman
NancyJean Morrison
  • Jan 22 2019
I always admired you as a colleague, and a leader in our union at Keystone Oaks. You were one of the first working mothers in our school district. You led the path for the rest of us. God Bless you and your family.
Jen O'Connell Stuckert
  • Jan 22 2019
RIP. You were a great teacher. Your family was very lucky to have had you. You are already missed by so many. And to your family, I am very sorry for your loss.
Josh Gross
  • Jan 22 2019
Cherie was my physical ed teacher, but more like a mother figure. Im heartbroken by this. She would look after children as her own. You can always tell she had a heart of gold and had a great attitude to boot. She would share stories of her children she loved to me as you can tell how proud she really was of them. She was my favorite. RIP Cherie
Kim Metzger
  • Jan 22 2019
Prayers for the family on the loss of a wonderful person. She was a wonderful and friendly gym teacher when I had her in KOHS, 1971-75.
the murrays
  • Jan 23 2019
Prayers sent.
Shirley Bowlin Sciulli Kozlowski
  • Jan 23 2019
My sincere condolences to the Family. I knew Cherie from KO but also though my Brother Dr Don Bowlin. We went out many Friday night's with the Teachers. RIP. So sad from this news.
Mary Ann Bronder, 1975
  • Jan 23 2019
She was a smiling and caring teacher at KO. I pray that now she is in God's care. My sympathies to family. Would it please the family to donate to KO foundation in Cherie's memory?
Jennie KO class of 96
  • Jan 23 2019
Best Gym teacher ever! Had her for a teacher in elementary school then again in highschool! She was always so much fun. My heart goes out to her family, you will be in my prayers.
Joel Dickson
  • Jan 23 2019
Dear Rick and Family, I was saddened to read of the passing of your life's partner, Cherie. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Your old friend, Joel
Chris Zaremby (coworker to Cori)
  • Jan 23 2019
I send my best wishes to the entire Stellfox family as you grieve. I am so sorry for your loss.
Hope Schinkovec
  • Jan 23 2019
So sorry for your family ‘s loss! ((Hugs)) and prayers to all of you!!
Charles & JoAnn Kiselich
  • Jan 23 2019
Dear Rick and Family, Cherie was a wonderful, caring person. She was my good friend for over 40 years, and I will miss her terribly. We worked together both at the high school and at Aiken Elementary, and she was always a dedicated teacher who loved her students. I loved the 23 years that we shared theater tickets together and how we would talk all the way into and out of town on those theater days. I don't know why God chose to take her so early, and I pray she is at peace in His care. Also I pray that with God's help and the help of family and friends you will find peace. Always keep in your hearts all the wonderful memories you have of Cherie as a wife, mother and grandmother. She was a special person. We both send you our prayers and sympathy.
Johnnye Patterson
  • Jan 23 2019
Dear family of Cherie, It is with sadness that I learned of the transition of your very special wife, mother, grandmother Cherie. She was always such an outstanding person who cared greatly about her family, students and friends. It was a pleasure working with her at Keystone Oaks , and everyone admired her leadership and valued her friendship. Blessings to all of you.
Kathy Glod
  • Jan 24 2019
Rick and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Cherie was a wonderful person and we have so many memories of our conference trips. Our hearts are saddened. Prayers for all of you. I am certain she is smiling down on all of you. Deepest Sympathy, Eric and Kathy Glod
Geri Wise
  • Jan 24 2019
My deepest condolences to all of Cherie’s loving family. What I remember most of Cherie, her love for her family, a kind and gentle soul.
Joni McMillen
  • Jan 26 2019
Rick and Family Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cherie was a wonderful person who cared a lot about her students and the members of the KO staff. We owe her a lot for all the time she spent during union work. I will always remember Cherie coming down the hall with a constant smile on her face. May God watch over you and your family with his peace and comfort. Cherie, rest in peace.
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