July 11, 1966 – April 27, 2015
Cheri D. Harper, an industrial engineer who was a member of the Six Nations Indian Reserve, died Monday at her Amherst home after complications from cancer. She was 48.
Born in Buffalo, Ms. Harper was a graduate of Kenmore West High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned an industrial engineering degree from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, in 1989, and then worked for GM and Harrison Radiator for several years.
Ms. Harper’s industrial engineering career spanned over 25 years working for several companies. She was a coordinator at Delphi Automotive from 1997 to 2005; industrial engineer at NXP Semiconductors from 2006 to 2008; materials manager at PCB Piezotronics from 2008 to 2009; and industrial engineer at Goodyear Dunlop Tire from 2010 to 2011.
In 2011, she became a process development leader at Moog Inc., a position she held until her death.
She was a member of the Lean Six Sigma Society, an organization involved in improving manufacturing efficiency.
Ms. Harper was a member of the American Indian Science and Technology Engineering Society. She also was vice president of the Buffalo Astronomical Association.
She is survived by her mother, Patricia; and four brothers, Allen, Mark, Eric and Chris.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lombardo Funeral Home, 895 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.