Cheryl Ann (Essary) Kerzan, 66, entered into the kingdom of heaven on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
She was born March 30, 1955, in Evansville, IN to Fred and Carolyn “Sue” (Crowe) Essary. She was a 1973 graduate of Mount Vernon Senior High School and obtained her master’s degree in childhood education from the University of Evansville. She had many interesting careers, but most rewarding to her was being a civil servant for the City of Indianapolis, IN Purchasing Division for more than 16 years as a Senior Buyer before retiring. She was the first Indiana President of the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing, INC. and was instrumental in facilitating changes for the NIGP and City-County Agencies, winning awards from the Mayors Office for her work in cost saving measures.
She was a devout Christian and prayer warrior who knew and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a member of Harvestime Temple in Mount Vernon, IN; Sunbeam Chapter #1, Order of the Eastern Star; Past Worthy Advisor and Grand Worthy Advisor of Sunbeam #126, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls; The women’s Tuesday Club; She co-facilitated a Bible study group at the First Christian Church in Mt. Vernon, IN and a few prayer chains over the years. She chaired Shoebox for Kids and Soles for Souls; She was sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN for the Walk to Emmaus; She sponsored a child from a 3rd world country for over 10 years and took great joy in exchanging letters, pictures and sending birthday and Christmas gifts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Cathy Howe, niece Amanda Howe and grandson Anthony Dilcher. She immensely loved, and was very proud of, her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Stephen Kerzan; sister Chawn (Lawrence Tully) Essary, nieces Cayce Gibbs and Courtny (Michael) Clayton, brother-in-law Dwight Howe, nephew Jeremy (Christi) Howe, great niece Liv Elizabeth Howe, Stepdaughter Karen (Bryan) Hayden, Stepsons Joe (Janie) Kerzan, Tony (Auleen)Kerzan. Great niece Meah Gibbs, Great nephews Devon Denny, Aidyn Clayton, Brynnon Clayton, Jahvon Gibbs, James Carte and Joseph Carte. Step grandchildren Savanna Dilcher and Stevi Hayden, Ella and Levi Kerzan, Harleigh and Baileah Hayden. Her longtime Frister Cindy Searcy and numerous Brother and Sisters-in-law, cousins, and MANY loving friends. She was a giving, selfless, and beautiful person who will be sorely missed by so many.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Joseph Lee for the extreme kindness and excellent quality of care given to her and our family. We are forever grateful. To the Deaconess 3600 Unit nurses Haley and Bria, our family thanks you for your diligent works and compassion. Also, a special thank you to Courtny Clayton for her loving kindness, care, compassion, and gentleness with Cheryl.
A celebration of life service and internment will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.
Please be kind to all those you meet, for you may never know their struggles.
Simple Cremation Evansville is entrusted with care.