Cherish life. Cheryl Marlene Vampola (née Diestel) cherished her life and everyone in it. She was born and raised in San Francisco surrounded by the hustle and bustle of her family, “Number 5” of “The 10” brothers and sisters. Cher’s city girl heart set off to UCSB where she met her best friend and husband of 44 years. Santa Barbara became her home as she poured her heart and love into raising four children. She created a home of sandy braids, popsicles by the pool, backyard BBQs, starry night campfires, and kid artwork taped on the wall. By planning outings, adventures and excitement she celebrated everyday life and filled it with her loved ones. As her legacy grew, Cher became the most loved Grammy to her grandbabies. Cher dedicated her time and passion to supporting the youth and community through her work as a science teacher, school instructor at the historic society and her volunteering. She lived life to the fullest and passed into God’s gentle hands on May 9th surrounded by family. Such is life. Such is a wonderful life.
Cher is survived by her husband, John and her four children: Kenneth, Stephen, Lisa and Kathleen. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and countless memories.
Service to be held at Saint Raphael Church at 10 AM on Monday, May 22nd.