Cheryl Desterhouse

Cheryl Desterhouse

June 05, 1950 – July 19, 2023

Cheryl Marie Desterhouse was born to John and Elizabeth Braniff on June 05, 1950. Cheryl took life’s challenges with grace and determination. She was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 13. She faced the challenges of the disease up until the end of her life with that same grace and determination. She did not allow the disease to stop her from traveling with her best friends, going on bingo trips to Kansas, or spending time with her grandkids.

Cheryl was a devoted wife to Les, who she married on February 24, 1973. Cheryl and Les worked hard for the life they built. They were best friends, and loved each other dearly. On August 29, 1984, her dream of becoming a mother came true with the birth of their son, Dan. Cheryl was a loving mother who did all she could to see her son healthy and happy.

The same devotion she had for her son, was given to his children, Wyatt and Parker, when they were born. Cheryl spent most of her retirement years with her grandson, Wyatt. She and Wyatt enjoyed going to garage sales, visiting relatives that lived in nursing homes, and getting lunch together at McDonalds for a special treat. She enjoyed picking up Parker from daycare next door and getting to spend time with Parker and Wyatt until Dan got off work.

Cheryl was a loving person with a giving spirit. This was evident in how she gave her time to help her friends and family. She was always willing to do what was needed to help support the ones she loved.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth Braniff; husband, Les Desterhouse; grandchildren, Kali and Jack Desterhouse; father-in-law, Robert; mother-in-law, Lerria Billie Gepford; brothers-in-law, Bob Desterhouse and Jerry Smith. She is survived by her son, Dan (Bry) Desterhouse; grandchildren, Wyatt and Parker Desterhouse; sister, Sally (Jim) James; brother, John Braniff; sister-in-law, Judee Smith; several nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Viewing and service will all be held Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W Center Rd.

Viewing for friends will start at 9:30am.

Service will be at 10:30am, with a luncheon for friends and family held immediately after the service.

A funeral procession will take place after the luncheon to go to the Omaha National Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Notre Dame Sisters.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “view livecast” button.



  • Judee Desterhouse Smith Posted July 21, 2023 10:10 pm

    You will be missed & loved, by many. But we will Never forget you ! We will always hold you in our hearts ❤️!
    You are reunited with your “Best” friend, your partner in crime, Your beloved honey, Your hubby,LES. God Bless You Both 🙏
    R.I.P. “Girlfriend “. Until we meet again 🌹 💕 🌹

  • Amy Jennum Posted July 24, 2023 9:07 am

    Cheryl ,I will never forget you ,you were an amazing coworker and friend.Thanks for the memories,your B.F.F. Amy

  • Albert Allen lll Posted July 27, 2023 8:32 am

    My ❤️is saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to all Family members 🙏

  • Andrews Family Posted July 27, 2023 11:43 am

    Blessing to you Chery!!! You’re in our prayers.
    We love you!
    The Andrews Family – Edwin, Steven & Renee, Larry & Louise, Wilson, Rosie & Mitchell

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