Cheryl Kay Refuerzo

May 29, 1947 - Feb 18, 2017


Cheryl Kay Refuerzo, born May 29, 1947, peacefully passed away on February 18, 2017 in Sacramento, California. She retired from the Department of Water Resources as the Chief Administrative Officer in the Division of Operations and Management after 36 years of total service. She is survived by her daughter Brigette Martinez; grandsons Hunter Jury and Jace Martinez; sister Virginia Hopper and husband Ken; nephew Vincent Thomas and great nephew Nathan Thomas. She is also survived by a very special family friend, Delores Brown. She also leaves behind numerous other family members and friends. Her death is preceded by her parents, Bernard and Lenore Manic; infant daughter Courtney Brooke Mariko Hayashida and her brother Bernard “Bee” Manic, Jr.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 27, 2017 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at East Lawn 4300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95624. Private Services.

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible gifts may be made in memory of Cheryl Refuerzo and Courtney Hayashida to the medical research organizations below by mail or online. Please note Pediatric Cardiology on the memo of a check or in the comment section online.

Sutter Medical Center Foundation
2800 L Street, Suite 420
Sacramento, CA. 95816

UCSF Children’s Hospital Fund
Box 45339
San Francisco, CA. 94145-0339

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Virginia says:

    Sister Dearest… As the weight of your world is eased from your shoulders… As the translucent wings of relief spread full… Take flight sweet Sister…let the calm breeze of peace…lift you on high Gently carrying you to the pure…true love that awaits… And so…as you depart this life…taking a part of my heart with you… I shall lovingly whisper… No worries sweet Sister…No worries by Virginia Lenore I love and miss you so much and it’s only been a matter of days since we lost you.

  • Vincent Thomas says:

    Love you and miss you. Send you on the other side.

  • Vincent Thomas says:

    Love you and miss you. See you on the other side.

  • Vikki Dedeker-Freeman says:

    Cousin Cheryl I Love You and you will always be in my heart and in my memories. I send my love to the universe to reach you. I will see you again my dear cousin.

  • blake says:

    sorry i couldn’t make it Virginia. Im so sad, i love my Cousins..

  • Karen Briggs Molina says:

    Virginia, I am saddened to learn of the loss of your sister Cheryl. My sincere condolences. May all the memories of fun times together, give you strength in the tough days ahead.

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