Sheryl “Sheri” Hayes, 58, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on June 1, 2020, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Sheri was born in Winona on September 16, 1961, to Jim and Sandie Stevens. She spent her childhood in Minnesota City and Winona, graduating from Winona Senior High in 1979.
Sheri married Bill Hanson and they soon divorced. Sheri then married Bryan Milks and they also soon divorced but not before bringing two awesome boys into this world.
Then along came Henry, who had two awesome boys of his own. She married Henry Hayes on May 22, 1993. A year later, Henry and Sheri added another awesome boy to the family, thus creating the “mad house 5.”
Sheri worked many jobs in her lifetime but “the best job she ever had, in the worst place she ever worked” was as a mail carrier for the United States Post Office. Her co-workers and customers meant the world to her. They put a smile on her face and a “warm-fuzzy” in her heart.
Sheri was also blessed by MANY kids that lived at or hung out at their house. #family
Sheri enjoyed smiling! Her family was sure to keep that smile on her face!!! She also enjoyed gardening, reading and “projects.” Everybody ran when she said “I’ve been thinking!” And, Sturgis with the Hanson family. Sheri looked forward to their yearly trip to Sturgis so she could relax and unwind … yes, believe it or not, in Sturgis!!!
Sheri is survived by her husband, Henry Hayes of Rochester; sons, C J Hayes of Janesville, Wis., Jesse Hayes (Meghan Neimon) of Mukwonago, Wis., Cassidy (Lindsay) Milks of Leroy, Minn., Dallas (Heather) Milks of Rochester, and Zack Hayes of Rochester; grandchildren, Jake and Julia Hayes of Janesville, Wis., and Carter Milks of Rochester; parents, Jim and Sandie Stevens of Winona; sister, Kristie Stevens (Jeff Grund) of Winona; brother, Mark Stevens (Lauri Kaehler) of Rochester; mother-in-law, Maxine Hayes, and “up North” family; brothers-in-law, John (Cathy) Hayes, and Robb Hayes; nieces and nephews, Marshall, Joe, Annie, Harley, Scheppy, Nick (Miranda), Lilly, Jeremy, Jeni (Troy), Greg and Charlie; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and her granddogs.
Find a reason to smile EVERY DAY… she did! Make a reason to laugh out loud … she did! Onward and upward!!!
A family funeral service will be held in The River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens. At a later date there will be held a celebration of life.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.