Cheryl Lucetta Larison, 70, of Salinas passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 in the arms of family, after a long battle with cancer. She was born June 19, 1944 in Turlock Ca.
Cheryl attended Roselawn Elementary School and graduated from Turlock High School in 1962. She married David Larison in 1967 where they fell in love during graduate school at Humboldt State College.
She taught in Tracy, Ca. for one year and moved to Salinas, Ca. She had Nathan before she and her husband came to Tracy and then had Kalah, and Emily. David and she adopted Mathew to complete their family. Cheryl taught in the Salinas Elementary School after parenting her children in Salinas. She worked with the Salinas Adult School and taught clay. She worked for Susan Kavalick and Associate and taught integrated instruction all over the United States and in Europe. She decided to work in the classroom and taught at Steinbeck until she retired. She resided in Salinas and became a Board Trustee for the Salinas High School District until she passed.
She was a member of the California Teacher Association, Board Trustees of California, Chinese American Association, Japanese American Association, and University Women Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Gladice Mattson, brother Noel Matson, and her Uncle Richard Elliot.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Larison of Salinas; children Nathan and Lisa Larison of Salinas, Kalah and Trent Ishimaru of Salinas, Emily and Adam Tomasetti, of Camp Hill, PA., Mathew Larison of Salinas; grandchildren, Cole, Aiden, Signey Ishimaru of Salinas; Ian Kalani Larison of Salinas; Anna, Aryn, Alice, Owen, Ethan Tomasetti Camp Hill, PA.
Visitation will be held 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Funeral Service will be held 11:00a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 at Petra Bible Church, 115 Iris Drive, Salinas, CA 93906.
Burial will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.
Donation can be made to Cheryl Larison Memorial Scholarship Fund, Acct #11902, P.O. Box 868, Salinas, CA 93902.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com