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Cheryl Goertz

Friends gathered in Atlanta for a celebration of life ceremony for Cheryl Ann Goertz, 75, who passed away peacefully the morning of May 19 at Emory Midtown Hospice, Atlanta.

She passed due to complications from a lifelong congenital autoimmune disease.

A memorial service was held for her in San Ramon, California.

Cheryl was born in Hillsboro to H. Norton Goertz and Betty (Funk) Goertz.

Cheryl was 100% reliable, steady, calm, and had a great sense of humor. She also possessed a strength that carried her through 14 surgeries before she completed high school.

That inner strength remained with her always. Cheryl enjoyed music, both classical and jazz. She learned to play the violin and then switched to drums and guitar. She always carried the beat and kept the rhythm of her life going.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School and then obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. After this, she obtained a master’s in education from Wheelock College in Boston. During her college years, she attended Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, where she observed and participated in social programs aimed at relieving poverty.

She worked in Salt Lake City Head Start for 20 years, teaching children and working with their parents. 

Her involvement in social programs was a lifelong commitment. Cheryl always carried the vision of helping others and making the world a better place. For that reason, she joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1965 and devoted her entire life, until her dying day, working toward a better future for the world.

An appreciation of her life can be found in the June 15, 2020, issue of the Militant newspaper at

Her dear husband, Dave Wulp of Atlanta, as well as her sister and friend, Elizabeth Goertz, of San Ramon, California, survive Cheryl.

Cheryl’s parents and her sister, Mary Jean (Jeanie) Goertz, preceded her in death.

Cheryl held a strong vision of making the world a place of greater equality and harmony. In her memory, individuals may consider making a donation to any charitable organization that values making the world a better place.

On her last day, she told her husband and friends while smiling, “It’s been a good ride.”

Last modified June 11, 2020