Cheryl L. Erling, 72, of Rocky Hill, beloved daughter, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain while fighting her third courageous and valiant battle with cancer. Cheryl was born in Hartford, CT on August 10, 1946. She was the beloved daughter of Eleonora (Selnau) Erling of Bristol and the late Herman Erling. Cheryl was raised in Bristol and attended schools there before continuing her education at Hartford Secretarial School and Post Junior College. She was employed by Bristol Brass Corporation, Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.
Cheryl was very kind-hearted, generous, hard-working and independent with a quick sense of humor. She would always offer help whenever needed. She remained strong during her illnesses, always doing her best to be positive and look forward to the future. She loved spending time on Cape Cod and in Florida. At the Cape, Cheryl enjoyed Beach Plum jelly, cranberry harvest festivals, whale watching, and the beauty of Cape Cod Bay. In Florida, she enjoyed walking the beaches in search of the best sea shells, taking “cruises to nowhere”, the pretty sunsets and flamingoes. Cheryl loved to watch the wildlife at her home. A favorite memory was seeing a majestic Snowy Owl in her very own backyard. She also liked to watch Downton Abbey, loved ice cream, and enjoyed the fun, food and excitement of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos. Her signature good-bye saying was a light-hearted, “Cheerio”! Cheryl truly loved visiting with her “little guy”, Logan. She cherished him deeply and he brought much joy to her life.
In addition to her mother, Cheryl leaves to cherish her memory her brother Jan Erling and his wife Alice of Greensburg, PA; her sister Deborah (Erling) and her husband George O’Hara of Newington; and her sister Barbara Erling of Bristol. She also leaves two nieces and two nephews, Todd Erling and his wife Cindy Ramsey of Germantown, NY; Allison (Erling) and her husband Mark Erdman of Baltimore, MD; Josh Erling and his wife Shelley of Acton, MA and Sarah (Curtis) and her husband Erick Williams of Bristol; and five great nieces and nephews, Sophia Erling; Gavin Erdman; Scarlett and Lucy Erling; and Logan Williams.
Cheryl’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to her physicians and their staffs, Dr. Maryanna Polukhin, Dr. Kevin Watson, Dr. Mircea Badara, and Dr. Vipra Sharma for their support, kindness and compassion during Cheryl’s illnesses. The family wishes to thank Dr. Patricia Garcia, Dr. Clare Cherney, the palliative and hospice teams, and attending staff of Hospital of Central Connecticut for their compassionate care. The family also extends their appreciation for the kind companionship and tender care of her Brightstar Care aides, Simone and Andrea.
Funeral services in celebration of Cheryl’s life will be held on Saturday (September 1, 2018) at 11 AM at the Barnes Memorial Chapel at West Cemetery, 49 Pound St., Bristol. Burial will follow in Peacedale Cemetery, James P. Casey Rd., Bristol. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday between 10 and 11 AM at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested in Cheryl’s name to the Friends of Cape Cod National Sea Shore (FCCNS), PO Box 550, Wellfleet, MA 02667 (www.fccns,org/donate) Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol is in care of arrangements. Please