OBITUARY

Cherie L. Fitzsimmons

12 February, 196523 December, 2020
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Cherie Gingras Fitzsimmons of Monroe, Connecticut passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 at the age of 55 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

A cherished wife, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, and friend, Cherie was beloved by all who knew her.

Cherie was born on February 12, 1965 in South Hadley, Massachusetts and was the eldest child of Omer A. and Shirley (Opalenik) Gingras. Growing up, Cherie loved spending her summers at Lake Winnipesaukee with her family and enjoyed participating in numerous team sports. Cherie graduated from South Hadley High School in 1983 and then went on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross in 1987, earning her degree in Economics Accounting. She created lifelong friendships and left a lasting impact on these communities.

An accomplished professional, Cherie became a Certified Public Accountant and had a fulfilling career at General Reinsurance for twenty-seven years. As a Vice President, Cherie contributed significantly to GenRe through her many roles and management responsibilities. As a manager and mentor, she displayed kindness and guidance to others, creating lasting connections with her coworkers.

In 1996, Cherie married her best friend Daniel (Dan) Fitzsimmons. They created lasting memories filled with joy and laughter. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and sharing wonderful adventures. Some of their favorite destinations included Europe, Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, and Florida. Cherie and Dan loved hiking and admiring the beauty at many National Parks.

Cherie was kind and generous, valuing the friends and family in her life. She had a passion for bringing people together, organizing and attending class reunions as well as family events including graduations, dance recitals, sporting events, birthdays, and other special occasions. Her bright smile was contagious to everyone she met. Cherie had an energetic, outgoing, and vibrant personality as well as a loving, warm presence that was admired by many. The simplest pleasures in life brought Cherie great happiness. Her interests included crocheting, reading, skiing, volunteering, solving jigsaw puzzles, and watching movies, especially It’s a Wonderful Life. Her creativity and enthusiasm for photography inspired her to design treasured memory books for each of her nieces and nephews.

Cherie will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved her and is an inspiration to all. She will be cherished and remembered by her husband Dan, brother Omer Gingras and wife Shelley, sister Toby Decker and husband Matt, father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Rita Fitzsimmons, brother-in-law John Fitzsimmons and wife Patty, and brother-in-law Timothy Fitzsimmons and wife Bernadette. She will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews Matthew, Lauren, Thomas, Kathryn, Julianna, Brian, Eric, Evelyn, Elise, and Nathan. They will hold dear the times they spent together.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on Monday, December 28th with visiting hours from 3-7 pm at Spadaccino Funeral Home at 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. In addition, the funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 29th at 10:30 am at Saint Jude Parish Church, Monroe, CT. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to The American Cancer Society. We would like to thank everyone for their helpfulness and support.

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Patti Cunningham

29 December 2020

I had the supreme honor of living with Cherie for 3 fun-filled years. She was so full of love all who met her benefitted. My condolences to her loved ones. Heaven just got a little more cheerful with Cherie there.

Karen Prout

29 December 2020

To Dan and Cherie's family,

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I was so sad to hear of Cherie's passing. I worked with and was friends with her for many years at Gen Re. She was such a wonderful, smart, kind, caring person always willing to help with a problem, provide guidance or just listen. I learned a lot from her through the years with work and personally. She always had a smile and had a positive attitude at work and in life. I am lucky to have had her as a friend and she will be missed. She always had nice stories of her travels with Dan and of spending time with her many nieces and nephews. May your many memories of happy times shared with Cherie bring you comfort at this time and keep her in your hearts. You have my deepest sympathy.

Karen Prout

Bernice and Mark Bakstis

29 December 2020

Dan & Family,
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of your lovely wife Cherie.
May prayers, peace, love and beautiful memories help you and your family through this time.

Our condolences to you,
Bernice and Mark Bakstis

Diane Brown

29 December 2020

Cherie lived life to the fullest...every minute! She inspired us all. She and Dan went everywhere and did everything. They loved the US Parks and Forests. She will be deeply missed. Sincere sympathy to Dan and her family.

Kim (Landry) Schwalm

29 December 2020

I met Cherie on the SHHS gymnastics team.. such a kind and caring person.. outgoing.. fun.. her laughter was infectious.. the world will be a little less bright without her beautiful soul.. And her smile and the joy she brought to this world will be greatly missed 😓 our thoughts and prayers are with all who will miss her...
Kim & Ed Schwalm

David Pettinicchi

28 December 2020

Dan and family: Heartfelt condolences and sympathy to you and the family on the loss of my buddy "Weezie" (inside joke we shared...she made the mistake of telling me her middle name years ago!!!) She was loved by all. Always a mentor, a friend, a co-worker, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. And possibly the most courageous person I have ever met, who smiled in the face of adversity and never let things get her down. She will be missed, but Heaven is a little happier now that she is there.

Jeanne Favreau

28 December 2020

In our deepest regrets our hearts are broken of the loss of Cherie even though haven’t met since she was a child We’re. sure that a kind and gentle person and theLord now has a. very special Angel our thoughts and prayers are with your family Love Mark and Jeanne.

Frank Foster

28 December 2020

Dear Dan,
We are so incredibly saddened to hear of Cherie's passing. What an incredible person she was, always cheerful, gracious, kind, and giving. We will certainly miss her. Our love and prayers will always be with you.

With our sincerest love and condolences,
Edie and Frank Foster

peter dahl

27 December 2020

Dan and family;

Our sincerest sympathy to you and your family.

It was quite a shock to learn of Cherie's passing.

A fondest memory was chatting with Cherie at "coffee hour"

when you hosted Bard Club meetings. Her career, your trips etc.

Dan, our deepest condolences, we are with you in mind and spirit.

Much love;

Peter and Cindy Dahl

Darcy Fragomeli

26 December 2020

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