Cheryl ‘Cher’ Lynn Alderton
Cheryl ‘Cher’ Lynn Alderton, nee Hass-Runge, age 75, of Merrill, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services and surrounded by her family. She was born on April 20, 1947, to the late Clifford and Barbara (Berhow) Hass in Merrill. Cher attended and graduated from Merrill High School, with the Class of 1965 and went on to attend Luther College and graduated from UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Mathematics and Geography. She met and married the love of her life, Robert Runge on May 1, 1971, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Sadly, he preceded her in death. Cher then met Doug Alderton, and the two exchanged marriage vows on August 9, 1996, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He survives. Cher was an incredibly organized and detailed lady, which is why she did so well at her job for almost 40 years at the Wausau Insurance Company as a systems analyst and in audit review. She is remembered as very smart, creative, and thorough. Cher enjoyed sewing and knitting as well as making quilts and afghans for friends and family; she loved sharing her talent and gifts with everyone. In her younger years, she enjoyed traveling and would find adventures throughout the U.S., as well as going overseas to Ireland, Europe, and Russia, just to name a few. Cher also visited Mexico. She was an avid and dedicated sports fan, whether it was the Packers, Badgers, or the Brewers, she loved them all. Faith was an important part of her life, and she was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Cher would watch wild birds come and go and would take pictures and document them. She looked forward to playing cards and cribbage; her competitive side would come out! Cher also liked doing puzzles, reading books, and participated in multiple bowling leagues in Wausau, Merrill, and Antigo. Cher enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, especially her gladiolus. She will be sadly missed, but always remembered.
Cher is survived by her husband: Doug Alderton, daughter: Sara (Jeremy) Lee, with their children: Sasha, Anton and Ivan, brothers: Jerry (Jen) Hass, Rick (Kerry) Hass and Todd (Sandy) Hass, sister: Nancy Hass, stepdaughters: Donna Alderton and Tara (Darrin) Gremban, stepson: Douglas Alderton and step grandchildren: Greyson, Grant, Valerie, and Alexis. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband: Robert Runge, infant son: Christopher and infant daughter: Rebecca.
The funeral service for Cher will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 11am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Corning. Pastor Joel Danner will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 9am until the time of the service, also at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service and will take place in the Immanuel Lutheran Church cemetery. Family asks those that are attending the funeral to please wear casual sports attire in her memory. The service will be recorded and posted under her obituary on the funeral home website for future viewing for those unable to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cher’s name may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church for their organ fund, The MS Foundation (https://nationalmssociety.org) or the National Kidney Foundation (https://www.kidney.org). The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation shown to Cher and her family by the Pine Crest Nursing Home staff. Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are encouraged and may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.