February 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Cheryl Hewelt, Beaverton

In-home caregiver made life better for people and animals

Ms. Hewelt )

A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, once wrote: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

Cheryl Hewelt did more than listen; she rescued, adopted, comforted and loved animals every bit as much as she loved people.

“She had four dogs, two cats, and she made birdhouses,” said Judy Greenwood, her best friend and companion for the past 30 years.

“We hung feeders in the tree in front of our house and they drew in all kinds of birds during the summer and winter. It didn’t matter if it had two wings or four paws: She loved it.”

Born in Mount Clemens, Ms. Hewelt died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in her cottage on Lake Wixom in Billings Township. The cause of death was heart congestion and renal failure. She was 53.

Earlier in her life Ms. Hewelt worked for General Motors Corp. and later as a foreman at Technical Industries in Metro Detroit. For the past 17 years she worked as an in-home caregiver.

Frankenmuth, Traverse City and Mount Pleasant were among her favorite local travel destinations. She was a quietly religious person and also enjoyed cooking and tending to her garden.

Among her favorite pastimes were crackling campfires outside her cottage on summer nights.

Ms. Hewelt was a former member of the Michigan Humane Society and was a supporter of the Disabled Veterans of America.

She is survived by her friend, Judy Greenwood; and three nephews: Richard and Shane Stetler, and William Clemens.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude Parish, 15889 E. Seven Mile, Detroit.

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