Cheryl Leeann Mahaffy
Jefferson- Cheryl Leeann Murkens Mahaffy, 73, died peacefully on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family and dear friend, Teresa Morgan, after battling cancer for 2 ½ years.

Cheryl was the daughter of Harry Murkens and June Short and was married to Dennis Mahaffy.

She was an independent truck driver and then became a teamster, driving for Skidmore and Shah Trucking and Koski Construction for over 20 years. Cheryl served as director for the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League and was a member of the Classy Consignments in Jefferson, where she sold antiques and collectibles.

She was a strong advocate for animals and was passionate about the spay & neuter program, along with the Humane Society.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Dennis Mahaffy; sons, Joseph Faher, Kris Andersen and Billy Mahaffy; daughters, Denise (Javier) Gonzalez and Katherine (Frank) Kosik; sisters, Bonnie (Andy) Short-Yaros, Louise (Adam) Murkens-Kelley and Kit Murkens; many grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Michael Murkens.

Friends will be received at the East Springfield Federated Church, 11995 Main St., East Springfield, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 4:00PM-6:00PM, where services will follow at 6:0PM, with Rev. Ed Huntley, officiating.

Memorials in memory of Cheryl may be given to Spay & Neuter Program at the Ashtabula APL, 5970 Green Rd., Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Western Reserve for the compassion and care given to Cheryl and her family.

Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut is honored to serve the family.

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Published on October 12, 2019


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Valorie Somppi
Oct 16, 2019
I worked with Cheryl at Cristal, and became friends. She was a great and fun person. Prayers for her family.
Oct 16, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Cheryl Leeann Mahaffy.  Send flowers
Jim Pananen and Margaret
Oct 16, 2019
Cheryl was a special lady and well thought of by all..she was the bright light in the room..She will be missed by so many of us ..
Oct 14, 2019
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Elliot and Jeannie Godleski
Oct 13, 2019
Our sincerest sympathy for Dennis and all of Cheryl's family members. Cheryl was such a wonderful woman and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏🙏. May God Bless her. May she rest in peace and be free of pain 😢💔
Jeannie Carano Godleski
Oct 13, 2019
Sadly to say our lives have lost a most wonderful woman 💔. Cheryl had a heart of gold and was always giving of herself and her time. I will miss having her in my life for she touched my heart in so many ways. I pray that God will bless her and that she will live in peace 🙏🙏. Love you forever Cheryl ❣️