Cheryl L Balmer

Cheryl Lynn Balmer (Bard) 72, went home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Hershey Medical Center.

Born October 17, 1948 to the late Benjamin F. Bard, Jr. and Marcia Bard (McGann).  She was a member of Elias UCC, Newmanstown and a retired registered nurse.  She spent much of her career at the Children’s Center at Hershey Medical Center and later years at Philhaven, PA, where she helped develop their adolescent programming.

Surviving are her children, Kimberly A. Stevenson (Tim) and Ryan S. Balmer (Heather). She is also survived by her mother, Marcia Bard (McGann); her sisters, Cathy Bard, Mechanicsburg; Susan Coffman (Alton), Tennessee; Marcia Dyson, Philadelphia; Lisa Smith, (Ritchie), Lititz; and her brothers, Benjamin, III (Jane), West Virginia; Stephen D. (Beth), Mechanicsburg; and David J. (beloved Teresa), (Amy), Thompsontown; 6 Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.

She had a strong faith and followed God with her whole being. She was a voracious reader of theological studies and medical information. Also, she was a talented and gifted artist who had a love for all things nature. This can be seen in her numerous (too many to count) paintings, sketches and drawings. Throughout most her life, Cheryl was adventurous and very athletic until later in her years when she developed a very rare auto-immune disorder called Isaac’s Syndrome which all but left her debilitated. During the course of her final years, she saw over 60 specialists in regards to the Isaac’s Syndrome but was never able to fully recover.

She is dearly loved and forever in our hearts. A private family-focused memorial will be held on July 5, 2021. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor can be made to Elias UCC, 9 N Sheridan Road, Newmanstown, PA 17073.

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  • Thankyou so much Cindy for remembering our mother for her compassionate care for you all those years ago… it was my hope and prayer that people she cared for would remember her for the love she showed. Thankyou!

  • Cheryl was a newly married young nurse at Elizabethtown Hospital for Crippled Children almost 50 years ago when I was a patient there. I always remember and appreciated how she cared for me when I was bedridden following scoliosis surgery. What a bright light she was for me! I had the pleasure of running into her briefly about 2 yrs ago. I wish to extend my condolences to the family and let you know how important she was for that brief time in my life. She was special and I was sorry to hear of her passing.

  • To the family of Cheryl Balmer,
    I am sending my deepest condolences to the entire family of Cheryl Balmer. Cheryl was a beautiful soul! God blessed her with many wonderful gifts. May you all find peace in knowing that she is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.
    To my dear friend Kim, I know the pain of losing a mother. I lost mine almost 5 years ago at the age of 72 also. I would love to reconnect with you. Please look me up on social media or e-mail me.
    God bless and take care!
    Amy Rhinier Bosque

    • Amy, So sweet of you to respond to my mom’s obituary. Sorry to hear about your mom. I have good memories of her. I will try to track you down.

  • Kim, so sorry for your loss. My mom saw your mom often at Dr. Bobner’s. Seeing her picture this morning…I saw you! Please feel free to reach out when you are ready. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I will always remember Aunt Cheryl for her kindness. I remember as a kid loving to see her paintings. Thinking and praying for you Kim, Ryan and Grandma!

  • We miss and love you dearly Aunt Cheryl. Thank you for your kindness and loving personality throughout my entire life. I have so many memories with you from my childhood watching comedy VHS tapes on repeat. Although your great nephews did not know you well, I know you will always look down upon them and help them grow to be followers of Christ and fill the shoes of the Bard family that we all know. I know you will forever be at peace with Jesus and we cannot thank the Lord enough for finally calling you home to be with Grandpa.

    Love you always,

    Zach, Brantley and Noah

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