Cheryl Ann Dado. Submitted photo
Cheryl Ann Dado. Submitted photo

Cheryl Ann Dado, aged 72, died peacefully on May 12, 2017 at her home in Balsam Lake, after a long struggle with brain tumors.

Cheryl was born in February 1945, in Eastport, Maine, and was adopted at birth by Joseph and Nedra Callahan. When World War II ended, the family returned to St. Paul to resume civilian life. Cheryl attended St. John the Baptist Catholic grade school and was an accomplished piano player at a young age. She enjoyed playing piano and organ for church services throughout her youth. Cheryl graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton in 1963.  

In 1964, Cheryl married the love of her life Kenneth Dado, and upon his completion of college, they moved to Milwaukee where Ken started his teaching career. After one year, they moved to the small town of Elmwood, Wisconsin, where Ken worked as a music teacher at the elementary and high school and Cheryl worked at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. After spending 33 years in Elmwood raising their family, Cheryl and Ken retired to Balsam Lake. 

Family was Cheryl’s passion and delight. Cheryl was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother whose favorite times were spent with her family enjoying camping, fishing, skiing trips and attending her grandchildren’s events. She was an avid baker and loved traveling.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Kenneth Dado; sons, Dr. Robert Dado (Mary), children Caitlin, Steven, Megan and Kevin, of Grant, MN; Patrick Dado (Kristin) of Inver Grove Heights, MN, children Colton and Myah, and Jeff Zeman of Welch, MN, children Kelly and Patrick; sister, Mary Jo Cater of Addison, TX; and brother John (Carol) of Old Orchard Beach, ME.

The visitation is from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on May 16, at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, WI. The funeral service will be on May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Balsam Lake. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 507 W Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.