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Cheryl Bruins, age 74 of Cokato, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Harmony River in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  She was born on September 20, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard Flanders and Shirley Bigham.

Cheryl grew up in Minneapolis, MN graduating in 1965 from Roosevelt high school. Shortly after graduation, she met and married Albert Leroy Bruins in 1966 in El Paso, TX. Shortly there after they gave birth to Bob while Leroy was serving in the United States Army. They later on gave birth to their daughter Michelle. In their younger years of marriage Cheryl and Leroy moved around a lot, finally settling in Chaska, MN where they raised Bob and Michelle. Cheryl worked several different jobs through-out her life including working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, working on circuit boards and ending her career as a caregiver. Cheryl was a lover of wolves, dogs, classic rock music, Harley Davidson and professional wrestling.

She is survived by her daughter: Michelle Bruins – Padgett; brother: James Flanders; granddaughters: Alexis (Zack) Ryks, Kayla (Luke) Otto, Hannah Bruins and Elizabeth Kisor; grandsons: Kaile Padgett and David Fischer; nephew: Nick Flanders; daughter in law: Sandie Adams- Bruins; 12 Great-grandchildren; special friend: Tony Barber. And many loving friends.

Preceded in death by her husband: Albert; son: Robert and her parents.

Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home is Winsted, Minnesota assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can be directed to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Donna Pederson

    Cheryl was an awesome sister-in-law. She and Bobby lived with us while my brother LeRoy was in Vietnam. I loved her wit and smart comebacks. May she rest in peace.

  2. Marci Flanders

    I’m very sorry for the loss of my Sister-In-Law. She will be deeply missed. Enjoyed the years of knowing you. Miss and Love. Marci

  3. Marci Flanders

    Cheryl, RIP. Knowing you all these as a Sister-In-Law has been wonderful. Knowing that you have family waiting for you is good to know. Love Marci

  4. Rev. Dawn Lundgren

    So sorry for your loss, praying for you all!

  5. Beverly

    I know your mom for many many many years may she rest in peace

  6. Tony barber

    I will miss you every day



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