Cheryl Haselwood

Obituary of Cheryl Erma Haselwood

Cheryl Erma Haselwood will be remembered as a strong, capable, generous woman with a can-do attitude and a fierce love of her family. She peacefully transitioned out of this life into the next on June 6, 2023.


She gave her two daughters and three grandchildren the space, independence, support, and confidence to do and become whatever they put their minds to. 


She was a fierce defender of the underdog, be it a horse, cat, dog, or human.


She was an athlete, playing both field hockey and basketball for the University of Washington as one of the first pre-Title 9 women student athletes. 


She impacted the lives of thousands of middle and high school students as a teacher, coach, and mentor during her more than 20 years in the Rochester School District. 


Cheryl was well-aquatinted with death since, in her retirement, she served as a deputy coroner for Lewis County and was very proud to serve with her fellow “last responders.”


One of her greatest joys was discovering her two big brothers and big sister in 2016. The warmth and love from this discovered family brought her immense pleasure and much needed connection. They all lament not having found each other sooner.


Cheryl was the treasured daughter of Verol and Erma Elmendorf; the high-school sweetheart wife of James Haselwood; and the mother of Denise Haselwood of Olympia and Diahan Southard (Jared) of South Jordan, Utah.


Cheryl is remembered and loved by her husband, daughters, and three grandchildren, Jack, Henry, and Eleanor, as well as her three half siblings, Rollie McLaughlin of Lacey, Jack McLaughlin of Spokane, and Darlene Porter of Yakima.


A Celebration of Life open house will be held on June 16, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 3611 Cooks Hill Road, Centralia, WA 98531. In lieu of flowers, please donate a book or a piece of athletic equipment (or your time as a coach, umpire or official!) to your local elementary, middle, or high school.


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