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Cheryl M. Zitzner

March 24, 1951 ~ May 28, 2020 (age 69)

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Cheryl Marie Zitzner, age 69 of DeSoto passed away unexpectedly at her home on May 28th, 2020 due to cardiac arrest.  Cheryl was born on March 24, 1951 in Richland Center to Burl & Martha (Swiggum) Burns. She was baptized at North Kickapoo Lutheran Church in 1951 and graduated from Westby High School in 1969.  She married Dennis Zitzner on January 3, 1970 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Westby. In January 2020 they were married 50 years. 

 In 1982 Cheryl and Dennis purchased cabins by De Soto. They worked hard on cleaning up the property and moved from Liberty Pole to the river in 1984. The cabins are now known as Scenic View Cabins. Cheryl loved her cabins and her customers, whom with many she developed long relationships and returned year after year.  Cheryl was a hard worker her entire life. She earned her Nursing Assistant certificate in 1972 from Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, which led into a role for Cheryl that was very natural for her working at VMH taking care of people. In more recent years she was the Foreman at Northern Engraving in Lansing, IA until the plant closed in 2002.  Cheryl was also a Guard at Dairyland Power Cooperative until she retired. Her favorite was her cabins. Cheryl and Dennis still own and operate Scenic View Cabins along with Elk Mountain Campground.

Cheryl enjoyed being outdoors; rides in their 442 Oldsmobile, going to their cabin in Bloomer, boating, fishing, and took great pride in her well-cared for flower baskets and yard.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Liberty Pole church and a member of the Red Hats Club.  Her children and grandchildren were her greatest treasures. Cheryl would go to great lengths to make sure they felt loved and were happy.  She loved her family more than anything and always seemed to take better care of them than herself.  There are not enough words to express all the beauty that was Cheryl.  She was a priceless treasure and anyone that knew her will not be the same without her.  

Cheryl is Survived by her husband Dennis of De Soto, three children; Angela Zitzner Karwoski of Genoa, Danny Zitzner of DeSoto, Lacey Zitzner of Viroqua, five grandchildren; Isaiah Zitzner, Nola Karwoski, Aida Karwoski, Romeo Barnes, Bella Barnes, her mother; Martha Burns (Thomas “Arnold” Lewison), two sisters; Miny Hirschfield (Jack), Ruthie Lepke, two sister-in-laws; Diane Delap (Jerry), Irene Zitzner, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her father; Burl Burns, father-in-law; Gaylord Zitzner, mother-in-law; Mildred Zitzner, brother; Thomas Burns, three brothers-in-laws; Bob Hirschfield, Danny Lepke, Connie Zitzner.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, June 5th, 2020 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Liberty Pole United Methodist Church. Private family services will be held with Pastor Pam Harkema officiating. Burial will take place in the Viroqua Cemetery. If you are attending the visitation, we ask you follow social distancing guidelines. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

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June 5, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Liberty Pole United Methodist Church
S6759 State Highway 27
Viroqua, WI 54665

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