Cheryl Lynn Barnes, 56, of Kouts passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2023.  She was born June 16, 1966 to Marion & Lockie Sue (Jackson) Thomae, graduated from Calumet Baptist High School and received a diploma in Legal Justice from Davenport College. Cheryl made her career in the juvenile justice system beginning with Porter County Juvenile Probation and concluding as Administrative Services Manager for Porter County Juvenile Detention having served nearly 23 years.  Membership at First Baptist Church of Kouts, trips with Robert to places like Amish Acres, classes to create patchwork quilts, having an affinity for writing with fountain pens, and being passionate about the color purple were all part of what made Cheryl who she was.  But it was the parade of Brittany Spaniels throughout her life that seemed to define her character: “Remington”, “Winchester”, “Weatherbee”, “Lilly”, “Buzzby”, and “Paddy” all graced her life with the love that only a canine can provide.  Robert provided the affection, comfort and support that brought her life fulfillment.
On August 15, 1987 she married Robert Barnes who survives along with her mother, Lockie Thomae of Valparaiso, and her beloved Brittany Spaniel “Emmaline Summer Daisy Barnes”. She was preceded in death by her father, Marion Thomae, brother, Gregory Thomae, sister, Velma Thomae Anderson and brother-in-law, Ken Anderson.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 10 am – 12 noon at First Baptist Church of Kouts, 504 Sunset Dr., Kouts with memorial service beginning at 12:00 noon, Pastor Doug Murray officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Brittany Association (ABR) or National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network (NBRAN).


My Sincere condolences to Cheryl's family and to Cheryl may you live in the warmth and love of our Heavenly Father and no longer suffer the pain you endured during your last days here on earth. You will be missed by all. -Nancy Heggarty 

I was so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. I was so honored to be the maid of honor in your wedding 35 years ago. We lost touch over the years but you always were on my mind. Hugs and prayers. -Judy Scott (and husband, Thomas) 

So very sorry to learn of Chery's illness and passing. In high school, Cheryl was a good friend. When we graduated, we were allowed to walk with a friend of our choosing, and Cheryl and I walked in the processional together. I remember a sleep over at my house where we did hair and makeup. All the fun giggles that high school girls do. Then we even talked at one time about joining the Air Force together. I remember when Cheryl met Robert. If I remember correctly, they were both working at Kmart at the time. So many memories, and so many years of friendship. Cheryl was a lovely lady, with a kind and caring heart. I moved away, and it's been years since we last saw each other, but we kept in touch, and she was always a good friend. Robert, you are in my prayers. We rest in the fact that Cheryl is with Jesus, and is no longer suffering. I'm so glad that she knew Christ as her Savior. We know that we will gather again someday, and rejoice in the presence of God. I pray that God comforts you and heals your pain during this time of adjustment. Lean in to Him! Blessings and prayers! -Charlotte Jones 

My deepest sympathy for the loss of such a dear, sweet lady. Of course Cheryl (and Robert) and I met over a Brittany, Paddy and then again Emmalin. Paddy had a very rough start at life and I truly thought no one would see the beauty she was...boy, was I wrong! Cheryl and Robert immediately sent a message that they wanted Paddy to become part of their home...all in what I later learned was typical of Cheryl. I know Cheryl is now resting well with all of her babies. God Speed, -Cathy Schadel and Robert Shotwell 

I remember when Cathy Schadel rescued Paddy and how excited she was that she had found the perfect home. The Brittany Rescue community has lost a wonderful volunteer, but Heaven has gained another angel. I can only imagine all those little nubbies and tail feathers wagging to greet her. Rest Peacefully, Cheryl. -Diana Tucker 

Some people leave a lasting impression. Many years ago, when I lived in Valpo, I met Cheryl and was struck by her genuine and caring nature. I remember that still. My deepest sympathies to Robert and friends and family who knew her best. Sincerely,  -Nancy Hammond

Cheryl was a great friend and a person who loved God!! She will be missed dearly by me and her friends and family. Will be praying for Robert Barnes who she loved! -Linda Calaway 

Such a sweet and talented lady! Had many interesting conversations with Cheryl over many years.Loved her fur babies and the love of her life, Robert. Rest in heavenly peace. -Jeff and Dawn Burns 

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