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On July 1st, 2023, we sadly lost Cheryl Ann Gaudreault. She passed peacefully in her sleep in Newport, NH where she lived with her son, who has been her caregiver for the past few years, and his partner Bridget Jenner and her son Zack. Born June 7, 1956 in Dover, NH to Richard Philip, Sr. of Madbury, NH, who passed March 24, 2023 and Carole Philips (Lord) Gaudreault, who passed February 14, 2006. She is also pre-deceased by longtime companions Alan Petipas and Jody Sears.
Cheryl is survived by her older twin siblings, Karen Hill of Winchendon, Mass and Thomas Gaudreault of Lowell, Mass and brother Richard Gaudreault, Jr. of Sanford, Maine. She has three children, Carl Gaudreault of Newport, NH, Trisha Gaudreault of Lebanon, NH and Keith Marable, Jr.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Amanda Lemere, Rylie Hoerl, Megan (Gaudreault) Zaker, Raeven Bill, Salomé Bill, Tytan Gaudreault and Xavier (Marable), and great-grandchildren Vanessa, Bailey, and Bryson Lemere, Michaelis Burdge, Lily Mae Nichols and Aviana Beth Bill.
Also, nieces and nephews, Thomas Gaudreault, Rikey Gaudreault, Justin Tyme Gaudreault (pre-deceased), Christopher Gaudreault, Corrina (Gaudreault) Scott, Jeff Gaudreault, Renee Gaudreault, Michael Hill Jr, Shawn Hill (pre-deceased), Philip, Angela and Amanda Sawyer.
Cheryl worked at the Mascoma Valley Regional school District at the high school in the cafeteria and at the Canaan elementary school as the custodian. She also worked at the LISTEN thrift store with friend, Barb Pecor, and also at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, sterilizing surgical instruments.
She was an animal lover and enjoyed growing plants and flowers. She had many beloved pets. Cats, George, Shadoe, P-Nutt, dogs ChiChi, Sammy, Brandy, parakeets Georgie and Freshie, and most recently, chihuahuas, her favorite being T.T., who miss her very much, to name a few.
Her home was always filled with Native American arts and culture and Harley-Davidson memorabilia. Her motorcycle enthusiasm was introduced by long time friend, James “Vege” White. She attended Laconia Bike Week for several years, admiring the bikes and taking photos of her favorites.
Cheryl enjoyed a variety of music. You wouldn’t be surprised to hear her tooling around the house listening to Da Brat, driving along listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan or Prince, who she shared a birthday with, or tending to flowers outside playing some Foreigner or 2Pac.
Through the years, Cheryl welcomed in many of her children’s friends and they became like adopted kids to her. You would find her picking up Danny Collins, and Denny Sawyer with Carl on a Friday night to go to the rollerskating rink to meet up with Laurie (Smith) Foreman, Connie Smith and the gang back in the Bandana-Rama days. She could wake up in the middle of the night and find Charlie Sullivan and Matt Kmon playing Atari in her kitchen, or learning how to hard boil eggs to perfection with Jody. Or she might hear Ken Eastman, Mat Jason and the crew singing Boys II Men outside the window. Jessica Oakman, Becki Zani, Sandi Malpica, Velvet Grace, Heather (Fear) Carpenter, Cara (DeMasse) Eliason..so many thought of her as a second mom and didn’t hold back bringing all the crazy teenage antics to her. Everyone was family. Rusty Blish, Shawn Farnsworth, Tim Largus, Randy Grose, Todd Judkins, Kwame lBanks, Wayne Shambo, Jesse Campbell, Mike Licks, Josh Parkington, Marjon Deery, Joel Wallace.. so many meant something to her. Andrea Pierce, Laura (Smith) Foreman, Bryan Workman, Josh Rollins all held a special place in her heart, as so many others did.
Even Cheryl’s grandchildren’s friends bonded closely with her. Seannah (Arnold) Viffien, Ceagin Darling, Hunter and Chance Crowe, Alexis Landgraf, Christine Rondeau, Montana Fellows, Hunter Redmond, Ryan Wilson.. anyone who was close with her children or grandchildren was close with her.
She always spoke of her neighbors and the friendships she made with them throughout the years. Many memories with, Tammy Davis, Carl and Barb, Bryan and Darcie Terrill, Ken and Charlotte Hall, Torey Kopackz, Chelsie Fellows, who Cheryl had known since birth, Sheila Levy, the Williamsons, all of them and more were important parts of her life.
Cheryl had close friendships that meant a lot to her. Bonnie (Duquette) Perry, Amy McKinney and Cindy Labombard Nostrant. Cheryl and Cindy had an amazing and adventurous friendship that Cheryl truly cherished. She was heartbroken when she lost Cindy.
Every person mentioned, and everyone that she knew, were all important parts of Cheryl’s life. Not everyone was related to her, but each one was like family to her. Each person formed memories with her that they will remember her by and she has taken with her.
Although she is gone, keep Cheryl close to your heart. Speak her name when reflecting on memories. Keep her spirit alive, as she will live on in our hearts.
“Everyone has their own experience. That's why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually, you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don't have to come back again.” -Prince
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender. -Tupac Shakur
A celebration of Cheryl’s life will be planned for a future date. She wishes for her ashes to be spread, along with her father’s, near the home she grew up in.