For Immediate Release: July 6, 2004
Media Contact: Kristen Habbestad, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORWALK, CA – July 6, 2004 – Cerritos Community College District announced with great sadness today that longtime board member Cheryl A. Epple passed away suddenly July 5 at the age of 52 after suffering what appeared to be a fatal heart attack, although cause of death is still pending. Epple is survived by her husband Bob and their daughter Nicole, mother Joyce McCone, siblings Terri McCone-Williams, Lisa VanEpp, Nelda Rueter, Don McCone, Rob McCone, and nieces and nephews Ashley, Samantha, Megan, Kelly, Ryan, Jon, Chris and Renee.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the suddenness of Cheryl’s passing,” said Cerritos College Board President Bob Arthur. “We will all miss her presence as a leader and friend, and our condolences go out to her family at this time.”
Epple served on the Board of Trustees of the Cerritos Community College District since she was first elected in 1993. She was re-elected to the board in 1997 and again in 2001. Epple was known as an advocate for alternative revenue generation to support the educational process. During her time on the board, Epple held the positions of board president (in 1996 and 2001), vice president (1995 and 2000), and secretary (1999 and 2004). Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, Epple attended Cerritos College.
Epple was a resident of Bellflower and worked in the city locally as a tax consultant and longtime businesswoman. She specialized in tax preparation for individuals, small businesses and audit representation for the general public. She is also survived by
Epple’s involvement in local organizations included leadership and membership in the La Palma/Cerritos American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Soroptimists International of Artesia/Cerritos, local Girl Scouts Troop 200, and the Artesia/Cerritos Women’s Club.
Details regarding funeral arrangements are forthcoming and will be released by the college.
For nearly 50 years, Cerritos College has served as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County communities including Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada and Norwalk. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.