Cheryl Saunier

Cheryl Saunier

Sunday, May 12th, 1968 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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Cheryl Lynn Saunier, age 52, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at Capital Region Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 12, 1968 in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Frank Henry and Margaret Ellen Vanderburg Saunier.

A lifelong resident of central Missouri, Cheryl was a 1988 graduate of Jefferson City High School where she was a member of the High School Pep Club. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she enjoyed attending the Saturday night service with her parents.

If you knew Cheryl, you were greeted with a big smile. She would listen to you and enjoy the time spent with you. When it was time to leave, you were most likely given a big hug and told “Love you” instead of goodbye. Cheryl worked as a caregiver at the YMCA daycare for a few years but spent most of her time volunteering at Capital Region Medical Center. She also spent many hours at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter visiting with the animals that needed love and attention while waiting for a good home.

Cheryl met the love of her life, Doug Schulte, in 2001 and she treasured his companionship for nearly 20 years. They both resided at Estes Independent Living Apartments and enjoyed spending time with each other every day, visiting, listening to music, watching baseball games and going to the movies or to concerts. Her extended family included friends at the apartment and their staff. With Estes, she did her own shopping, went bowling on Monday nights, took day trips to the Lake, to Columbia, with trips to the St. Louis Zoo and Cardinals games. As a group they celebrated birthdays, holidays, and enjoyed barbeques. The Estes family gave her so much love and support.

Family and friends were always the center of Cheryl’s life. Her favorite memories were with them: cheering on the Cardinal’s with her Dad, ceramics classes with her grandmother and Mom, or playing with her niece and nephew. When she was younger, she spent a week every summer at Camp Wonderland making new friends. As she grew older, she found a love for travel and got to see many places including Yellowstone and Disney World. She went on many trips to both Branson and Nashville for live country music. Some of her favorite family trips were to her brother’s wedding in Jamaica and to Orange Beach, Alabama for her 50th birthday.

Due to some of her health issues from Spina Bifida, Cheryl spent many days throughout her life at the University of Missouri Medical Center and received amazing care during her time there. She had lifelong friendships with her nurses and doctors and the family will always remember the love shown to their family.

Survivors include: her parents, Frank and Margaret Saunier of Jefferson City, Mo.; her brother, Brett Saunier of Lake St. Louis, MO; his wife Lyndsey; her beloved nephew and niece, Ty and Norah Saunier; her companion and the love of her life, Doug Schulte; uncle, Louis Saunier of Linn, Mo.; aunt, Rose Ann Leivian of Jefferson City, Mo.; numerous cousins; and so many friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Frank and Kate Saunier; her maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Doris Vanderburg; and an aunt, Mary Ann Hayes.

Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2020. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation and required to wear protective masks while in attendance.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Trevor Dancer officiating.

A webcast of Cheryl's service will begin at 2:00 p.m. for friends that are not able to attend by going to First United Methodist Church’s website,, and click “livestream”. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter, 2308 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109 or the Special Learning Center, 1115 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    201 Monroe Street
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  • Service

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    201 Monroe Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. for friends that are not able to attend by going to First United Methodist Church's website,, and click "livestream".


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Dee Caldwell

Posted at 04:11pm
Her smile her laugh no one showed more love than Cheryl. I considered her one of my kids and forever will treasure her memory. Dee Caldwell

Melanie Heseman

Posted at 01:13pm
To all of Cheryl's family and friends - I am so sorry for our loss. Cheryl was an amazing woman and a great friend to me for decades. Cheryl and I met over 30 years ago, and our paths crossed numerous times over the years! I will miss her beautiful smile and all the good she brought into this world. There is no doubt in my mind that Cheryl is enjoying all the pleasures of Heaven. Until we meet again, "Love you."

jolene Cornelius

Posted at 12:38pm
I am sorry to learn of Cheryl's passing. I got to know her as I volunteered at the hospital and would eat lunch the same time she did every other Wednesday. She was a very nice person. I know she will be missed. Jolene Cornelius

La'Chelle Scott

Posted at 10:48am
Ms. Cheryl you’re a wonderful person and friend I’m truly grateful to have been blessed with your precious presence. Mrs. Saunier I’m sorry for your loss I’m sending my prayers and condolences Ms. Cheryl was a great resident.

-Staff from Estes

Paula Caywood

Posted at 08:11pm
I have so many fond memories of Cheryl from my childhood. So many Sunday dinners at grandpa and grandma’s house. I remember putting together puzzles and playing dominoes with grandma and Cheryl. I remember she loved every animal on the farm. All the cats and dogs and horses. The sheep and the cows and the chickens. I remember her sweetness. The big hugs. She was a wonderful cousin. I am so saddened at her death. And my heart breaks for you Frank and Margaret. You were such devoted parents. I hope there is comfort in knowing all who met her loved her. Dad and I will see you tomorrow. Take care!!

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