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Cheryl "Cheri" Paasch

Friday, March 9th, 1956 - Saturday, January 5th, 2019
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Anyone that ever met Cheri knew she had a green thumb. Those that knew her well know that this is a complete understatement. But what might not have been immediately evident is that her green thumb didn’t just apply to houseplants and vegetable gardens. Everyone that had the pleasure of spending time with her left feeling fuller, more loved, and a bit more…grown.

Growing up, Cheri assumed the role of eldest daughter to Bud and Mary and big sister to Laurie and Linda with resolve and grace, though “big” might not be completely accurate. Standing at a proud 5’ ¾” (she says you can measure that way when you’re that close to 5’), she was resolute in her role as a trailblazer and was a sterling example for her sisters as well as her peers in the myriad extracurriculars in which she participated. Of those, the most notable are the Hood River County Fair and FFA. Her “green thumb” developed during this time and was reflected in the calm, steady animals she nurtured. Her favorites were always pigs. She was also a gifted horsewoman, undoubtedly due to her uncanny ability to make horses feel respected, trusted, and heard. She had this effect on people too.

Then, Cheri fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Randy. After over a decade of young love studded with unflinchingly hard work co-owning a mobile slaughter business and bucking so many bales of hay the baler casing actually wore out (true story), Bobby made his tiny presence known. Just before he arrived, a Parkdale neighbor on her usual walk noticed a ready-to-pop Cheri on hands and knees in the dirt of her garden. Her belly wouldn’t let her bend to tend the late-summer veggies, so she made do. It’s with the same determination and love she raised Bobby and Gary. It’s also worth noting that motherhood didn’t temper her entrepreneurial spirit. Anyone that was lucky enough to walk past the Gourmet Gifts booth at the farmer’s market knows that.

In gardening as in life, it takes equal parts nurturing and acting on intuition to encourage growth—Cheri’s gift was knowing when to let the wild things hold tight to the wildness in their hearts and when to intervene with her gentle touch and compassionate guidance. If there remains any doubt about her masterful knowledge of that fine line, it will dissipate the second her two strong, impassioned, good-all-the-way-through yet wholly wild boys enter the room. Her legacy lives on brightest in them and shines steadily in all that survive her.

Cheri is survived by the two greatest fruits of her labor, Bobby and Gary Paasch and their wives, Mollie Paasch and Elle Ossello, respectively, as well as her sisters, Laurie Crosswhite and Linda Harris-Massingill, their spouses, Scott Crosswhite and Doug Massingill, and their children and spouses Jenny Crosswhite, Daniel Sandoval, Brian Crosswhite, Melissa Crosswhite—their children Aubri and Austin—Justin Crosswhite, Kyle Massingill, as well as her father Bud Harris, and the great many extended family members and friends who adored her.

Services are planned for 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 1:00pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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Posted at 11:00am
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Cheryl "Cheri" Paasch

Janet Rasmussen Lee

Posted at 12:01pm
Cheri and I were very close from our teens through early marriage years. After I moved away from Hood River, and as the years rolled by with family and children, we did not stay in regular contact. I will always treasure my time, friendship and memories with Cheri.

My heart and prayers for her and for her family with her unexpected passing.

The Stolpe Family

Posted at 06:07pm
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Cheryl "Cheri" Paasch

The newest member of the Ossello/Paasch Fam.

Posted at 03:15pm
Elle and Gary, I am sad for you, but so excited to meet you!!! And I cannot wait to see how these flowers will taste.
Can't wait to love you to the moon,
Yet-to-be-named-pup xxxoo
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Joann Reynolds

Posted at 12:08am
So sorry for your loss, Cheri was such a loving lady with a great big smile and hug for me when we would meet. I will miss those times.

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