Cheryl Bendele Thomas

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Cheryl Bendele Thomas, 43, passed away peacefully at her home in New Braunfels, Texas, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 10, 2012. She was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents, Authur and Aline Davis and Paternal Grandparents, Ernest and Alice Bendele. Her parents, Ernest and Fanita Bendele, Husband, Christopher Thomas, Son, Riley, Daughter, Claire, Brother, Carl Bendele (Kacie) Nephew, Kyle survive her. Cheryl was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother who will be missed by all. Born in San Antonio, Texas, on February 6, 1969 her family moved to Hondo where she grew up and attended high school before moving to San Antonio where she obtained a degree in Dental Hygiene from the UT Health Science Center. She worked as a Dental Hygienist for 17 years, had a true love for her profession and enjoyed getting to know her patients, many of whom became her close friends. She met the challenge of fighting breast cancer head on and taught many who knew her lessons in faith, courage, perseverance and strength. She loved to travel the world and embraced every minute of life with true zest. She enjoyed scrapbooking the pictures of her life's experiences into pages so the precious memories could be relived over and over. Cheryl will be most remembered for her generous, caring and kind nature, always willing to help and care for others before herself. Memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels 78130. There will be a reception following the service at the Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Central Texas, 611 N. Walnut Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130, 830-625-7525 and Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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  1. Chris, Riley, Claire, Ernie and Fanita, Carl and family, So sorry at the loss of Cheryl. It is difficult to put into words the sadness in our hearts. May you find comfort in all the love, strength, courage and faith shown to all by Cheryl during her challenges. My love to all. Aunt, Sister In law, Melrose Bendele

  2. Cheryl will be in our prayers as well as for her family. We always remember Cheryl with a beautifl smile. Our memories of Cheryl was the fun times we had at the Frio River with family.

  3. Please extend my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Cheryl was a very special person, and we will all miss her. May God Bless all of her family in this time of sorrow.

  4. Cheryl was such a wonderful person. She will be missed by all who knew her and remembered with love. Heaven got a really special angel.

  5. My thoughts are prayers are with Claire and her family. Your mother’s beautiful smile will always be remembered.

  6. Cheryl would touch your life by just meeting. Her strength, courage and love of life will be missed by all. May God Bless her family. Sending lots of love your way. Heaven has an amazing angel.

  7. My condolences to your family. The written tribute to her is beautiful! Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends. May God and the Holy Spirit give you the strength you need during this time of your loss.

  8. Ernie, Fanita and Carl, my mom and I wanted to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. We had been praying for you all. Cheryl was such a sweet person.

  9. My love and prayers are with all of you. I know God will guide you and help you even more so now. Cheryl will always be your guardian angel now.

  10. Cheryl was my Dental Hygenist for a number of years. We became very good friends on a family basis. She will dearly be missed by all who knew her. She was a real sweetheart.

  11. Ernie & Fanita, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just know you and Cheryl’s family are thought of often! Hugs to all!

  12. I was fortunate to get to know Cheryl over several years as she worked in the dental office next to mine. She always had a smile and a kindness that her patients and coworkers recognized as genuine. We miss her. Her beautiful family are in our prayers. Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  13. May all the happy times remain with you forever. May God Bless you all and carry you the rest of your days on His earth, in His Heart, so that you may never stumble. Love You All Sister Elsie Aunt Elsie

  14. Carl, Earnest, Fanita, Christoper Riley and Claire: I am so sorry for your loss and saddened that her luminescent life here was cut short. Heaven is better for her presence and this world will suffer in her absence. I am proud to have known her and to have shared part of her journey. I will remember her in my prayers and in my memorials.

  15. Dear Chris, Claire and Riley, We are so sorry for your loss. Rick and I admired Cheryl’s strength and positive attitude. She was an inspiration to those around her. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Ann and Rick Brawner

  16. I have met Cheryl a few times through my wonderful friend Linda Schernik Tanner. I feel like I know her through Linda’s conversations. Cheryl will be very missed by her family. My sincerely sympathy. Colleen Hughes

  17. Dear Ernest Norton, Fanita and All the Families Thomas and Bendele: We were immediately attracted to the beautiful, exuberant countenance of Dear Cheryl to whom we are blessed to claim kinship. We are with you in thought and prayers…Fondly, Jerome and Adrienne Weynand

  18. We are so very sad that this day has come to pass. We enjoyed sharing some of her better days. You are all in our hearts and prayers. We will be out of town on her memorial. May God take good care of her. She was a special person. Much Love, Brenda and Spike

  19. Ernest and Fanita, We are so sorry for your loss and would like to express our condolences to the entire family. Our prayers are with all of you. The Haby sisters, Loretta Griffin, LaVerne Davis and Dianna Kolwalik

  20. Our deepest condolences go out to the Thomas Family. We know Cheryl will be missed by many in our Community.

  21. Chris, Riley, and Claire, As the days and weeks pass as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Cheryl was a very special person. She would always greet you with a smile and kind words. She will always live in our hearts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Please let us know if there is anythin we can do.

  22. I am grateful I was able to visit with Cheryl one last time before she passed away. That visit, with my sweet friend was special and a cherished memory. I left feeling uplifted and honored to have been able to be with her one last time. Cheryls struggle wasnt easy but she endured it well and with the grace she so desired. She was a true source or strength and inspiration to all who knew her. I was not only impressed by Cheryls courage, but equally awed by her loving family. You may all take comfort in the fact that you were there for her, caring for her, loving her tenderly to the very end. No one could have asked for anything better. What a blessing you were to her! Cheryl will be missed; she was a beautiful person, loving mother, dedicated spouse, caring daughter, and loyal friend. I will think of her with fond memories and as source of strength and courage in the face of adversity. What a blessing and a privilege it was to have had her touch my life!

  23. Chris.. I’m sad to hear of cheryl passing just know she’s in a better place. Not sure if you remember me.. Melinda who worked next door with Greg Osborne DDS. One of my greatest memories is when ya’ll had a fantastic christmas party at your house this was years and years ago.. We had some wine and laugh all night long. Please know I’ve been praying for her. We will keep your family in our prayers. Love your children God Bless,… Melinda M. Uranga

  24. Chris, I am sorry to hear about Cheryl. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. There will be a day when there is no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face. But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always and forever in our hearts. Love you Cheryl!!

  26. Fanita and Ernest, I am so sorry to learn of your loss . Ipray that you will find comfort through the Lord. You and the whole family are in my prayers. In Gods’ Love, Deborah Love

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