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Cheryl Christine (Parrish) Bornkessel

Cheryl Christine (Parrish) Bornkessel, age 68, of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Great Bend, KS, passed away on June 25, 2019.


Funeral services will be on July 3 at 2:00 pm in the Church of the Resurrection’s Wesley Covenant Chapel. Friends, family, and former students are invited to join with reception to follow. The family welcomes flowers and/or donations to American Cancer Society.


Mrs. Cheryl Bornkessel, 68, was born on February 17, 1951, in Great Bend, Kansas, to become the oldest of three siblings. At the early age of 5, she was already honing her skills in conversation and friendship, going house-to-house making social visits. This call for building relationships would only continue as she grew up participating in dance through ballet and point, worked as a lifeguard at the community pool, and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1969.


Cheryl attended the University of Kansas, where she joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and became Social Chair while she earned her Education Degree. It was there she met Robert (Bob) Bornkessel who she later married in 1973.


She served as an elementary teacher for 38 years in Hickman Mills, Center, and the Blue Valley School Districts. She retired in 2015.


Cheryl was known for her abundance of energy, encouraging spirit, selflessness, contagious laughter, and love for children. She was a mother to Brett Andrew (1979), Brooke Nicole (1981), and Blake Anthony (1983). She considered being Mimi to her four grandchildren as her life’s greatest role. Always social and service-minded, she actively volunteered with Church of the Resurrection, the Overland Park Arboretum and was a member of Johnson County Young Matrons. She was an avid reader and believed in the power of love, as best expressed through action.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Ambrose Parrish and Mary Belle (Polly) Parrish, and her son, Brett Andrew, whom passed at 4-months old.


Survivors include her husband Bob; two siblings, Cindy (Parrish) Viskocil of River Falls, WI and Robert Parrish of Lawrence, KS; her two children Brooke (Bornkessel) Kunstman of Olathe, KS, and Blake Anthony of Bentonville, AR and their spouses Matthew Kuntsman and Alexandra (Rampy) Bornkessel; and her four grandchildren Brayden Matthew (12), Lukas Michael (11), Kiersten Nicole (4), and Scott René (2), many family members, and a host of friends-like-family.

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Memorial Service
Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Chapel
13720 Roe Ave.
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Date of Service:
Jul 03 ,2019
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2:00 pm
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Mark and Kim Jun 29 ,2019

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So very sorry to hear this news. We will be out of town when the service takes place and can’t be there. Cheryl graduated from high school with Mark. Their 50th reunion is coming up in July and we saw this news on the high school Facebook page. There are many condolences there at GBHS Class of 69 that I hope the family can see. Mark remembers well her dad’s auto dealership. Imagine our surprise when our son Brett (now 34 years old) ended up in her 3rd grade class at Overland Trail Elementary. She was much too young and we are so sorry for your loss. She was full of fun and personality.

Monica Davis Jun 29 ,2019

GBHS friend ,Salina ,Kansas

Dear Bornkessel family, My heart breaks with the loss of my friend Cheryl. Was looking forward to seeing her again at our 50th class reunion along with others in our friendship gang. It feels good to know we’ve been friends so long and share love of family, teaching, reading. Those are the sweet glimpses of Joy in my grief. I won’t be able to join you next week but will be there in spirit. Been remembering lots of fond stories from our times together. God’s peace and comfort be with you all.🕊