Strong, loving, & generous. A great lady has gone to a better place. Edwina R. Cheek Ely, age 101, of Westerville, Ohio, peacefully departed to Heaven, surrounded by her loving family, on July 6, 2019, after a brief illness, at Dublin Methodist Hospital.
She was born in Delaware County on the farm of her parents Raymon. & Ada(Freeman) Rammelsberg, in "the blizzard of 1918" on January 4. Edwina attended a one room school, tutoring other students, & graduated from Orange Township HS as Valedictorian. She gave up her music scholarship to Otterbein & worked a year at Williams Grill where she met Don Cheek, her future husband, before attending OSU in Home Economics, graduating & teaching in Bucyrus. They married in 1942. She followed Don to Army bases in San Antonio & Biloxie, working as a clerk. They moved to Westerville in 1945& joined Church of the Master U M where she taught Sunday School, choir member, women's Circle groups, & preparing meals. She was a member of AAUW, Children's Hospital Twig charity, Girl Scout Leader, PTA, part time secretary. Don won many sales awards at Equitable Life & they visited Nassau, Florida, & other resorts. Edwina learned bridge from her best friend & they played over 20 years as well as couples club. Don taught her golf & she played often. She loved to cook & was famous for her pies. She helped care for her father & mother many years & Don for over 10 years. She loved dancing& Glen Miller, patron of Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Broadway plays, Otterbein trip to London for theater.After Don died in 1982, she & her cousin took a river cruise to Switzerland & Germany, & an Alaska cruise w/ friends. Met & married Dwight Ely in 1992. They went to England & Ireland & took a Panama Canal cruise. He died in 2003.
Survived by daughters Elaine C. Perry & Sheri ( Ken) Grove; grandchildren Bill Perry( Rebekah Kim), Chris Perry(Jean Sung), Lou (Lisa) Grove, & Lauren( Adam) Steinmetz; great grandchildren Skylar & Carter Perry, Kailani, Kona, & Naia Perry, Emmett & Desmond Grove, & Oskar & A. J. Steinmetz; Rammelsberg & Freeman cousins; & Cheek relatives.
Preceded in death by son James Cheek, brother Allen( Merle) Rammelsberg. Edwina was loved by all who knew her & will be greatly missed. Special thanks to Harry & Ann Peat, the outstanding Staff at Dublin Methodist Hospital, & Hill Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church Of the Master UM, 24 N Grove St., Westerville, Ohio.
Services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, July 20,2019 at The Church of The Master, U.M. 24 N. Grove St., Westerville.