We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kok Funeral Home - CG
Cheri Shannon, age 59 of Cottage Grove, passed away on Saturday May 7,2022 surrounded by her family, peacefully and without pain, from COPD.
Visitation will be held 9-11 am, Friday, May 20, 2022, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Avenue, St. Paul Park. Mass of Christian Burial will start at 11 am with the interment following at the church cemetery.
Cheri was born in 1963 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Brainerd. She moved with her family to St. Paul Park in 1969. She graduated from Park High School, class of 1981. In 1986 she met Tom "Shorty" Shannon at the local Tom Thumb and they fell in love. They were married on October 17, 1987 at St. Thomas Aquinas and moved to South St. Paul. They ended up back in Cottage Grove where they raised their son Mike.
Cheri and Shorty founded Shannon Auto Glass in Newport in 1991. Then in 2004, they co-founded American Motorsports Bar and Grill, known to many as the "Car Bar" where she met many new people and had a lot of fun. Cheri was a very outgoing person and easily made friends wherever she went. She loved music, beaches near and far and spending time at their cabin on Big Blake Lake. She loved her animals and was fond of watching birds, especially the hummingbirds and oriole birds she fed each year. Her love for life and contagious personality touched many lives and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Tom "Shorty"; son Mike (Ashley); father Virgil; siblings Ted, Cary (Darrell), Andy, Betty, Judy (Lance) and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. She is preceded in death by her mother Grace.
LIVESTREAM INFORMATION: For those who would like to participate in Cheri's service via livestream, you can watch the service on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am. It can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and "CLICK PLAY" to begin. Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall to let the family know you were able to watch the service. If you are having troubles with the Livestream, the service will be available to watch later in the day.