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Cheryl Korsmo


In celebration of a life well lived, our family honors the cherished memory of Cheryl Ann Korsmo, who fought a courageous battle that ended on July 22nd, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Rochester, MN. An outdoor memorial service will be held Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centennial Park in Northwood. Due to COVID-19, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. There will be chairs set up but people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

She was a gallant fighter, who had many health miracles over the past 6 weeks. Cheryl recently recalled a night of intense pain, where she suddenly felt “Comforted and bathed in prayer.”  The family is so grateful to the army of prayer warriors, and they are comforted that she is no longer in pain, but seeing Jesus face to face. Cheryl was born on March 30, 1948 to Robert and Virginia Halvorson in Northwood, ND. She went to school in Northwood and the “Homecoming Queen” graduated in 1966. 

She married the love of her life, David Korsmo, on November 16, 1968. Where you’d see one, you’d usually see the other, and the names “David & Cheryl” always came out together. In their early married years, they went to school, and Cheryl received her nursing degree at UND, embarking on a 43 year career that was more than a job….it was a calling. Cheryl was always running into someone who remembered her fine care. She loved the Northwood Deaconess Hospital, and made a huge impact there, bringing her expertise, professionalism and caring spirit. 

During these years, David and Cheryl were happily raising their family. First born Michelle, twins, Stephanie and Stacie, and son, Jason completed the circle, and the circle continued to grow as 15 grandchildren came. Cheryl was in her element when she was making all of her specialties in anticipation of each family gathering. Her homemade buns, caramel rolls, pancakes, queso, and anything with fresh rhubarb were just a few of her specialties. Ministering to her family was top priority.  The servanthood she displayed, was a direct extension of her close walk with her Savior. Her number of cookbooks was only rivaled by her number of devotional books and Bible Studies. She had a well worn Bible, especially loving the Psalms. She loved to worship and consistently shared her faith as part of her daily life. 

She cheerfully headed up the Ladies group in Church. She was a true blue friend. She was a Master Gardener, an avid supporter of Sioux/Hawks hockey and football, and she loved to paint...the whole house...and the windows...all by herself.  The entire family went to see Cheryl’s stash instead of “Blockbuster,” when they wanted a good movie. She just delighted in providing. David and Cheryl especially enjoyed their oasis at Crystal Lake. Working at the lake felt more like relaxation. There was lots of hostessing, and there were countless quiet sunsets, enjoying the glory of God.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 51 years, David; children Michelle Gullekson, Stephanie (Marshall) Troutman, Stacie Korsmo, and Jason (Cherie) Korsmo; grandchildren: Katie, Riley, Morgan, Brady, Brendan, Gavin, Caleb, Colin, Joey, Ethan, Jakob, Nathanial, David, Brooklynn, and Garrett; her brother Bob (Cher) Halvorson, sister Jacqueline and brother-in-law Daniel Korsmo; and sister Lisa (Bruce) Nelson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Judy Korsmo, Mark and Barbara Sivertson and Kris (Korsmo) Braaten.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Virgina Halvorson, in-laws; Peder and Bea Korsmo, brother-in-law Steven Korsmo and granddaughter Adelyn Grace. 


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I was SO saddened to hear of Cheryl's passing. Cherylhas always held aspecialplace in my heart for the past30 years....whether it was teaching a class that Cherylattended, chatting about a critically ill or injured personwe had flown by LifeFlight, or the many trauma meetings we attended throughout the years. Cheryl exemplified what it meant to be a professional nurse and patient advocate.Cheryl was calm, had a lovely inviting smile, and was able to present her thoughts and ideas in a positive manner. And, she was always so proud of her family. My thoughts are with your family!

Deb Syverson Jul 30 2020 12:00 AM

Paul and Judy

Sorry for the loss of Cheryl. My deepest sympathy to David and Korsmo family.

David T Walsvik Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM

My extended sympathy for the korsmo family, Cheryl is in gods care.

Jerry Beck Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM


We watched Cheryl's Family Service yesterday and it was so heartwarming and I felt all the love for her. I saw all you guys there and it made me miss everyone so much. It's always been wonderful being a part of your family.

Charleen Cabler Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Cheryl and I graduated from Northwood together so only saw her at the class reunions after that. A memorial will be given to Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks in Cheryl's memory.

Arlette (Peterson) and Lowell Stanlake Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM

Thinkinking of the Korsmo Familey May she rest in peice

Kassie Jacobson Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

Im so very for your loss David and family. Peace be with you

Dawn Mandt, Grafton Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

My Wife and I only had a few times each year to greet and talk with Cheryl. Each time we came away feeling better. Cheryls warm soul was easy to see thru her beautiful eyes and bold smile. It was even dent that Dave and Cheryl were much in Love. An angel of the lord lives on. God Bless and Prayers to Dave and the Family. Hawk & Dawn Hawkinson

Hawk & Dawn Hawkinson Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to David and his wonderful family. Cheryls life ended too soon on this earth as Dels did too. We go way back to 1970 at VCSC married student housing. Cheryl and David were so much fun to be around. Thoughts and prayers. Carol Pinke, Fargo

Carol Pinke Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

I loved our visits to Northwood. Seeing everyone. It was wonderful. And on one of our trips, David introduced me to, Cheryl. I remember details because I thought Cheryl was beautiful. I loved her hair which was the perfect "page boy" style. She was wearing the cutest "scooter" skirt (green and blue) with a matching sweater. Perfect loafer shoes. But more than anything she was so thoughtful and fun to be around. Thank you Cheryl for taking such good care of my Mom, DeeDee and myself when we visited 6 years ago. Such hospitality. Love Charleen (Sister) Cabler

Charleen (Sister) Cabler Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

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