Cheryl Lynn Loshnowsky, 53

Beloved wife, devoted mother, and loving friend Cheryl Lynn (McCloskey) Loshnowsky of Gilbertsville, PA passed away on December 31, 2022, following a courageous fight with an aggressive brain cancer. Born on March 30, 1969, she was 53 years old.

Cheryl is survived by her husband Erik Loshnowsky, with whom she was married for 19 years, daughter Maura, fur-baby Stewie, and several close friends as her family: cherished “sister” of 44 years to Melissa (Middleman) Firman; adoring “aunt” of Melissa and Michael Marazas; and incredible friend to Jessica Kateusz and Jennifer Mitchell-Winterbottom, who all gave abundant love, care, and support to Cheryl over the past 18 months during four arduous brain surgeries, infusion treatments, therapies, and more.

Always proud of her Northeast Philadelphia roots and Irish heritage, Cheryl grew up in the Lawncrest neighborhood as the loving daughter of the late George McCloskey and Florence “Alma” (Kelly) McCloskey (deceased 2016 and 2017, respectively) and treasured niece of her beloved late Aunt “Hon,” Helen (McCloskey) Holloway. She graduated in 1987 from Cedar Grove Christian Academy and Temple University in 1994. She attended and served on Church Council at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Burholme. Cheryl held staff accountant/business operations/office manager positions with various corporations, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations throughout the Philadelphia area, bringing professionalism, a strong work ethic, and great camaraderie to her teams.

A dedicated powerhouse of a volunteer for her daughter Maura’s many activities, Cheryl was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for more than a decade, organizing countless trips, cookie sales, and special events while also serving on the Service Unit Board. She became active in 2013 with TOPS Swimming, serving in every role from bake table/volunteer coordinator to Treasurer. Cheryl was a USA official for TOPS swim meets, traveling throughout the region with the teams, and holding a board position. She volunteered at Hillside Aquatic Club as an official and volunteer coordinator, served as Vice President of the Board, and was the Club Representative on the Hillside Piranhas Swim Team Board.

When she wasn’t working or volunteering, Cheryl was a foodie, enjoying great meals of lobster tail or prime rib with good friends. She passionately cheered on her Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies, Wings, and Phantoms – and, for reasons unknown, the Dallas Cowboys; loved to travel, especially to her beloved Ocean City, NJ for Prep’s Pizza, as well as Myrtle Beach, Disney World, New York City, and on various cruises. Accompanying her always (including during the final hours of her life) was the music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Barry Manilow, and her #1 favorite, Tim McGraw, whose song “My Best Friend” was Cheryl and Erik’s first dance at their November 2003 wedding. Indeed, for so many of us, Cheryl will remain that best friend, forever loved and deeply missed.

Friends and family are invited to Cheryl’s Celebration of Life service on January 6, 2023 with a viewing from 9-11am and a service at 11am at Catagnus Funeral Home, 711 N Franklin St, Pottstown, PA 19464 with a luncheon following at Good Will Fire Co, 714 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:  GoFundMe https://gofund.me/bec0686d for Cheryl’s medical expenses and support of Erik and Maura Loshnowsky.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Manatawny Service Unit #642, 212 Prospect Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 (please make checks payable to GSEP FBO Manatawny SU)

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I met Cheryl when she joined the Jr High Youth group at Immanuel Lutheran church. She immediately stood out and when it was time for her to move up to the Sr. She asked to stay so we made her a Jr Advisor and she helped out with planning and running events for years. As most people know, Cheryl was a Dallas Cowboys fan. Every time they played the Eagles, when the Eagles made a play I'd dial her number let the phone ring twice and hang up She do the same on Cowboy scores. When I was in need of new furniture, I tried to call Cheryl to go shopping with me one Saturday morning, but it went to voicemail I went alone, and found exactly what I wanted. The set came in blue or green and I chose green for Eagles. As the salesgirl was writing up the order, I told her that when Cheryl foung out it was green she would flip. Almost on que, my phone rang, seeing it was Cheryl, I answered and told her I found the perfect set. She asked what color I didn't answer. Cheryl just knew and started yelling at me it better not be green. The salesgirl heard her and with a look of shock just stared at me, and I fell to my knees laughing...I will miss her.....

~ Ken Stevens Feasterville-Trevose, PA
1/6/2023 3:02:57 PM

God apparently had a higher purpose for this great soul. Well done good and faithful servant!

~ Dave Weatherly, PA
1/6/2023 1:17:13 PM

Cheryl, your kindness was motivating. Your exuberance for Maura’s passions were inspiring. Your dedication as a mom and wife was admirable. You were a fierce defender of others, friends and family. Your passion for life will be missed. Erik and Maura I am truly very sorry for your loss. May God be with you both during this very difficult time.

~ Christine Bond
1/3/2023 8:59:13 AM

Eric and Maura, My deepest sympathy on the passing of your loving wife/mother. I pray that you find some peace in your loving memories of her. Kathee G.

~ K Geisner
1/2/2023 8:16:37 AM

My only regret is I didn’t know Cheryl longer. May you rest pain free and do all the things you enjoyed. My condolences to all the family and friends and my good pal Erik.

~ Bob Rosen West Palm Beach, FL
1/1/2023 2:50:04 PM

With deepest condolences on the loss of Cheryl. She will be missed.

~ Marsha Firman
1/1/2023 1:43:25 PM