PAHZ, CHERYL SUZANNE, age 72, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on May 16, 2021, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at Woodland Hospice. Cheryl was born on January 29, 1949, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Cheryl is survived by James Pahz, her husband of 52 years. She leaves behind two daughters, Elida Pahz (Gilder), of Miami, Florida, and Lisa Anderson (Keith), of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She is also survived by four grandsons, Kevin, Erik, and Josh Diaz-
Pahz, and Maximus Anderson.
Cheryl worked at Central Michigan University for many years in the technical services department of the library. She was the co-founder of Children’s Hope Adoption Service with her husband James, placing more than one thousand children with permanent
loving families. Cheryl was a creative individual with numerous artistic abilities. She won a prestigious art contest while traveling in Israel and her artwork is still used to encourage people to visit that country. In her free time Cheryl also liked to
write and co-authored several books with her husband Jim. She is preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Shirley McConnell.
(Under name Cheryl Goldfeder; with husband Jim Goldfeder) The Girl Who Wouldn't Talk (juvenile), National Association of the Deaf (Silver Spring, MD), 1973.
(Under name Cheryl Pahz; with husband Jim Pahz; and illustrator) Robin Sees a Song (juvenile), National Association of the Deaf (Silver Spring, MD), 1977.
Will Love Be Enough?, National Association of the Deaf (Silver Spring, MD), 1977.
(With husband James Alon Pahz) Total Communication: The Meaning behind the Movement to Expand Educational Opportunities for Deaf Children, C. C Thomas (Springfield, IL), 1978.
...Robin Sees A Song, Jim Pahz and Cheryl Pahz, 44 pp., People Potential Series 2, National Association of the Deaf, Silver Spring, Md., 1977. Robin Sees A Song is a heartwarming, fanciful story poem about a little deaf girl named Robin who, after a lot
of wondering and questioning, discovers the meaning of a song. This is the second story about Robin, who was first introduced in the book, The Girl Who Wouldn't Talk. The story line in Robin Sees A Song is unique. The little girl is puzzled about just
what a song is. She poses the question to her father. He replies, "Now I'd say, if I had my choice, to sing is like doing a dance with your voice." Robin asks her mother. She says, "Well, I've always found a song is like painting a feeling with sound."
Robin still doesn't understand. Finally, a dream figure, the Song itself, comes to Robin in the night and whisks her off to a far away land where she experiences songs through sight, touch, and smell. Robin learns a lesson important for all of us—a
song (like so many things in life) is what you want it to be. The author's use of a deaf girl as the main character allows us to perceive part of the world as a deaf child might see it, giving the story's message greater impact. The artwork greatly
enhances the text, with illustrations on practically every page. This book could be an important part of either a unit on handicapped people, specifically the deaf, or a unit on poetry. Children aged eight and up would find the story appealing and