Cheryl Ann Raimondo, 56, of Jamestown, passed into God's loving arms, on Monday (July 7, 2014) from pancreatic cancer.
Cheri, as she was known by most, was the daughter of Thomas Rosario Raimondo and Margaret Bernice Mihalko Raimondo.
She was born August 2, 1957 at 12:58 in the early afternoon, she most loved growing up with and being cared for through life by her loving sisters, Rozanne Hammond of Jamestown, Linda (George) Davenport of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Patricia O'Blarney (Robert) Trusler of Jamestown, and little sister, Tammy Raimondo of Jamestown; and beloved brother, Russell T. Raimondo, aka Butch of Jamestown.
She looked forward to rejoining her mother and father in heaven.
Others who brought her endless joy were her nieces and nephews: Michelle (Tom) Turner, Rick (Debbie) Hammond, and the late Sally Hammond, Jamie Trusler, Jeff Trusler, Scott Trusler, Aaron, Alyssa and Allyson Raimondo, Tyler James LaMonica, Philip (Ashley) DeAngelo, Danielle (Travis) Melquist; and Cheri's many cousins and their mates were also precious in her life, including all great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cheri was a graduate of SUNY, College at Buffalo in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design and illustration. She moved to Sarasota, Fla., where she was employed as a laser artist for Laser Works Inc., The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art, and The Design Center.
She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia in 1989, and especially thanks Dr. Daniel Dobey for years of support and teaching. She located to Virginia and taught with Virginia Beach City Public Schools for 12 years as a second grade teacher and later as a gifted education specialist at Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented, during which time she earned her master's degree in education of the gifted.
Cheri moved on from Virginia Beach Schools and was employed as a gifted differentiation specialist for Albemarle County Schools in Charlottesville, Va., and Fredericksburg Public Schools, in Fredericksburg, Va. From 2008- 13, Cheri was employed as a gifted teacher and resource specialist for Arlington Public Schools, Virginia. Her colleagues, students and their families at Glebe ES, as well as her colleagues in Arlington Public Schools' Gifted Services Department remained a source of great inspiration and uncommon love until her passing.
Cheri loved being creative and enjoyed all genres of music, art, writing, and literature, as well as photography, history, drawing, painting furniture, studying Nebuli and looking through telescopes, sharing knowledge with children, and playing with children. She believed that one must always practice forgiveness in every moment lived.
Her Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday (July 10, 2014) in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Dayle Keefer will officiate. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Friends will be received by the family from noon-2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Of Chautauqua Co., 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 in her memory.
Visit our website www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.