Cheryl Starsiak (1970 - 2005)

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Cheryl Ann (Rake) Starsiak
1970 - 2005
December 19, 1970
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, United States
November 20, 2005
Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana, United States
Other Names
Cheryl Ann Rake, Cheryl Ann Murrell
Cheryl Ann (Rake) Starsiak was born on December 19, 1970 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia United States, and died at age 34 years old on November 20, 2005 in Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana. Cheryl Starsiak was buried at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Johnson County.
Updated: July 6, 2022
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Cheryl married Leonard (Lenny) E. Murrell on March 12th 2000 in Marion Indiana. She then married Casey Starsiak. Between the two marriages she has three children: Kaliegh (Kay) Nichole Murrell (from her first marriage to Lenny), and Thadeus (Tad) David Starsiak and Jessica (Jess) Starsiak with Casey.

She divorced Casey and then she and Lenny remarried shortly before she died. Lenny is currently a contractor on Karen Laine's and Mina Starsiak Hawk's show "Good Bones".

Cheryl recently has gathered internet attention due to HGTV's 'Good Bones' that follows mother-daughter duo Karen E. Laine (first wife of Casey Starsiak) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (daughter of Karen and Casey) as they renovate homes in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mina Starsiak Hawk's dad Casey and Karen Laine had three children in total before later divorcing. Casey then married Cheryl and they had Jess and Tad. Tad works with Karen and Mina on their jobs.

She was the manager at Medical Office Outsources in West Virginia and a member of Rock Of Ages Christian Center. A copy of Cheryl's obituary is located at Cheryl Starsiak: Obituary
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December 19, 1970
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia United States
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Born in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, she spent much of her life in Marion and Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana.


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Cheryl was the manager at Medical Office Outsources in West Virginia, and a member of Rock Of Ages Christian Center.

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November 20, 2005
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Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana United States
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Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana
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Cheryl Ann Rake Starsiak Murrell 34, of Mooresville, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away November 20, 2005. She was born December 19, 1970 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was the manager at Medical Office Outsources and was a member of Rock Of Ages Christian Center. Survivors include her children, Kaliegh Nichole Murrell, Thadeus David Starsiak and Jessica Starsiak, her parents, David H. and Dora J. Rake; her brothers and sisters, Kimberly Sturm, Jeffery and John Rake, Roberta Koons and Linda Pasko; her companion, Joseph Schmid and her friend, Leonard Murrell. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Ave. Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave.

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Cheryl Starsiak lived 37 years shorter than the average Rake family member when she died at the age of 34.
The average age of a Rake family member is 71.

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In 1970, in the year that Cheryl Starsiak was born, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1987, by the time she was 17 years old, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1990, Cheryl was 20 years old when after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

In 1992, by the time she was 22 years old, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

In 1997, when she was 27 years old, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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