WEBSTER, Cheryl Lynne (nee Gignac)
It is with overwhelming sadness that we share news of the unexpected passing of Cheryl Lynne (Gignac) Webster, age 52, on January 19th at her home in Huntsville, Ontario. Cheri was born in Windsor, Ontario, to Bernard and Colleen (Walter) Gignac on November 29, 1970. She grew up in Lasalle with her siblings, Allen and Amy, amidst a multitude of cousins, friends, and animals. Perhaps it was this endless and ever-changing menagerie of little beasts, both tame and wild, that sparked Cheri's joy of children, and a life-long passion for teaching. It was on a blind date while studying at the University of Windsor that Cheri met Dave, the love of her life. They married, finished school, and moved to Hunstville, where they would begin their lives together as a family and eventually, raise three beautiful children. Noah, Sarah, and Sophia were Cheri's pride and joy, and their kindness, sensitivity, humour, and compassion are a testament to the kind of person that Cheri was.
Along with her three children and her beloved nephews, Tristan and Trey, Cheri leaves behind the hundreds of students that she taught at St. Mary Catholic School for nearly 20 years. She lived a life of service - to her family, her school, her church, and her community. She was the "go-to" person for many a teacher, principal, and friend - the person who could always be counted on to get things done. She founded St. Mary's Robotics Team, and volunteered to help mentor Hunstville High School's Robotics Team, who in 2022, won the provincial championship. She was an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, where she coordinated the altar servers, prepared the children for First Communion, and led the Children's Liturgy. Music has always been one of Cheri's passions, and she loved to sing with the church choir or to accompany them on her flute.
There are some who spend their entire lives trying to find their purpose. Cheri was blessed to have found hers, and to have lived it fully until the end. Her life was one of simple pleasures. She enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. She saw the beauty of nature around her, and the beauty of those whom she touched and cherished.
Cheri is survived by her husband David, and their children Noah, Sarah, and Sophia. She leaves behind her parents Colleen and Bernie, her siblings Allen and Amy, and her in-laws Ken, Michael, and Chloe. She is dearly missed by her nephews Tristan, Trey, and Dylan.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 26 at Billingsley Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Friday, January 27 at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Huntsville) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.