Bosket – Edited

Gary Alan Bosket

Gary Alan Bosket, who lived from Aug. 25, 1938 to Oct. 12, 2019, peacefully passed away at the Ryan House after a long and full life. Gary had a short but courageous battle with cancer over the past six months.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Nancy; his son, Geoff and his wife, Cheryl; Randy and his wife, Caryn; Jason and his partner, Kim; grandchildren Kyle, Abigail, Stephanie, and Megan; and Sophie, the cat.

Gary was born in Endicott, NY to parents Chester and Helen. Gary received his education at Broome Community College and University of Arizona in 1961. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Denver in 1978 and then travelled the world during his career with IBM. He embodied the qualities of strength, commitment to family, and had a love of good conversation.

The Bosket family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of the Valley and all the special people who work for them.

Gary will be missed by all of those who knew and loved him. At his request, there will be no formal services.

Cheryl Strong

Cheryl Strong (70) passed away on Sept. 28 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 30 years, David Swenwold, beloved dog Mitzi and hundreds of devoted friends throughout the U.S. Also surviving Cheryl are her sister, Diane Miller, nephew, Kris Miller, and niece, Kallie Forsberg, who live in Twin Falls, ID.

Cheryl graduated from the Radiological Technologist School of St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. She went on to specialize in Radiation Therapy at Swedish Hospital Tumor Institute in Seattle. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Portland. Cheryl worked at Salem Hospital for 28 years, becoming director of the hospital’s cancer program before she retired.

Cheryl was a bright, multi-talented lady with countless interests. She was an avid reader, enthusiastic line dancer, canasta player, water aerobics participant, and jewelry maker. She loved walking, especially with Mitzi. They visited a local nursing home bringing comfort to memory patients.

Caring for others is a theme that runs throughout Cheryl’s life. Cheryl was a caring friend to all. She had an intuitive ability of recognizing people’s needs and responded accordingly. She was a recruiter for SaddleBrooke activities and promoted involvement in social events. Cheryl loved life and spread her love to everyone around her.

Friends gathered at the SaddleBrooke Activity Center on Oct. 19 to celebrate her life and share stories of the many ways she was a positive influence in all of our lives.