OBITUARY

Cheryl Linn Fuentes

December 31, 1965September 4, 2018
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Cheryl Linn Fuentes, 1965-2018

Cheryl Linn Fuentes, 52, of Alexandria passed away peacefully in her home on September 4th after a four year battle with breast cancer. She was a loving and devoted mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. Cheryl entered into this world on December 31st, 1965, in Bay City, Michigan, the daughter of Albert Andrew Greniuk, Sr. and Judith Greniuk (King). She had 4 siblings; Cynthia, Kristal, Albert, and Holly. She grew up on a working farm and enjoyed many return visits throughout the years.

She graduated from Standish Sterling Central High School in 1984, Michigan State University in 1988, and received a Masters in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1993. She also studied at the University of Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden and studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador via Georgetown. During the Summer of 1984, Cheryl worked as an Au Pair in NYC.

After moving to Alexandria, she started her professional career in in 1993 as a project manager working at Development Associates. There she met her future husband, Alfredo Medardo Fuentes. They wed on October 10, 1998 at St. Rita Catholic Church. She had three loving children, Victor (born 1999), Alfredo A.(born 2002), and Christina (born 2006).

Professionally, she continued her career at the Arlington County REEP Program as a Teacher Trainer and ESL Teacher. She subsequently spent 12 years at Arlington County Government in the roles of parent educator and coordinator for the Project Family program in family and child protective services. She was awarded Arlington’s 2018 “Ally in Prevention” by Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia for her work.

In her spare time, she was an avid volunteer. She was the Treasurer of Little Hunting Park, Treasurer for the Carl Sandburg orchestra, a soccer, softball and baseball coach, classroom volunteer, 4-H leader for Mt. Vernon Awesome Adventures Club.

Cheryl was an active member of St. Rita’s church, in fact her second date with Alfredo was a bicycle trip to church. She loved the many visits from family and friends, always hosting many gatherings for special occasions. She enjoyed reading, gardening, museum tours, zoo visits, picnics in the park and family beach holidays. Her love of travel allowed her to explore all of Europe, Scandinavia, the Soviet Union, Latin America, Southeastern United States, and her beloved State of Michigan.

With the organization, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, she was a Hear My Voice volunteer, produced the bilingual “First Steps After Diagnosis” video, and wrote the blog, Caregivers Are a Key Part Life- Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Alfredo M. Fuentes; sons, Victor and Alfredo and daughter, Christina. Also, by her mother Judith (King) Greniuk, her siblings: Cynthia Luczak, Kristal (John) Wioncek, D.D.S., Albert Greniuk Jr. (Carol McIlwain), and Holly Joshi. Nieces and nephews Matt and Megan Luczak, Katrina and Elena Wioncek, Tyler McIlwain, and Adriana Huezo Fuentes.

She is preceded in death by in-laws, Maria Julia Fuentes, Medardo Huezo Fuentes, Guillermo N. Huezo Fuentes, Guillermo Sr. and Victoria Fuentes, Jose R. Fuentes, M.D., and Douglas Luczak; and her father, Albert Greniuk Sr.

A visitation for Cheryl will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 from 5pm until 8pm at Demaine Funeral Home, Old Town Alexandria. A Mass of Christian Burial will occur Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11am at St Rita Catholic Church, 3815 Russell Rd, Alexandria, VA 22305. A graveside service will follow the Mass at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cheryl's memory may be made to:

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Victor Fuentes
  • Freddy Fuentes
  • Albert Greniuk
  • Jose A Ramirez
  • Ruddy Castillo
  • Matthew Luczak

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Cheryl Linn Fuentes

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Jasminka Pecotic Kaufman

September 11, 2018

Dear Family:
When I remember Cheryl, I remember how welcome we felt in America. She was kind, gentle, caring and patient. I could see that she was very passionate about serving the community, through the Project Family Program, where I met her. From fall 2016 until summer 2017 I took my two boys (Matej and Ivan, 5 and 3 at the time) to Arlington Mill Community Center twice a week, where they could play with other children, sing and dance, draw and listen to stories, learn about letters and numbers... Cheryl was always there to gently guide the children, never losing her patience, always aware of the needs of others. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. I pray that you find strength in the Lord. I will always remember her as a sign of Christ's love for all people.
Jasminka, Zagreb (Croatia, Europe)

JJ Hogan

September 10, 2018

The Fuentes Family - so loving, kind, hopeful and giving! Cheryl's deep devotion to her family was present in her happy, joyful and helpful children! Our son Nick enjoyed much laughter on the golf course and in the orchestra with Victor. We send warm embraces and loving prayers to you all. Godspeed, Cheryl. The Hogan Family

Laura McNulty

September 8, 2018

We are heartbroken at Cheryl's passing. She was always a force at West Po Golf. Her willingness to pitch in even when she wasn't feeling up to it was an inspiration to me. She will be missed and her memory will remain in our hearts. We will be traveling so will miss the service, but have made a donation in her name to The First Tee. We hope her family finds comfort in knowing what a wonderful and warm person Cheryl was, and that she will be remembered fondly by the Shelton's!

Jeff & Laura (Justin and Joshua)

Sr. Elizabeth Ann O'Reilly, OP

September 7, 2018

Elena, my prayers are with you and all your family. Today all my classes went to the "club" :) and I prayed a Divine Mercy chaplet for Cheryl and all of you. May you feel the Lord's love and consolation during this difficult time.

Dolly Davis

September 7, 2018

In 2012 I began working with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC I met the Fuentes family when the children were under the age of 13 years old. Cheryl and I hit it off right away as she became my right arm and at times my left brain. Our chapter offers a bi-annual golf gear giveaway and volunteers are always needed. Cheryl jumped in to help wherever she could with the most menial tasks such as sorting clothing, shoes or golf accessories, to assisting on event day with keeping things neat and greeting parents all while ensuring her children had their needed golf items. Cheryl had a warm spirit that I absolutely loved. As a devoted mother and wife I saw the love she bestowed to her family. Either she or Alfredo battled brutal traffic just to make sure the children made it ON TIME for golf class and with perfect attendance each week! Even though there were times she was completely exhausted, she would do her very best to make sure her children were on time! Battling DC traffic - that's real love! And, her devotion to our LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program was phenomenal. She was always supporting our annual Putt Putt Luau at East Potomac Park Mini-Golf and as we enjoyed the cookout and splash party one summer in her neighborhood park. That's what I loved most about her spirit is her love of family, her dedication to the fulfillment of special events that positively impacted her children and those around her and her follow through with everything she did. I missed her greatly when she was too ill to be with us and I'll miss her more because God has her Home with Him. My deepest and heartfelt condolences are to Alfredo, Victor, Freddy and Christina and to their extended families.

Bruni Hernandez

September 7, 2018

My thoughts and abrazos go to the family. She had a heart of gold. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Gina Wells

September 6, 2018

So many fun memories with Cheryl at the Grenuik farm, picking pickles, playing games, sharing dinner. Over the years as we grew, I loved to hear of Cheryl's adventures, accomplishments, her marriage and family. My heart breaks for each of you, sending love and condolences, your King cousin

Shawn Teasley

September 6, 2018

I knew Cheryl as Holly's awesome, older sister! For a few years, while living with Holly, I was blessed to be around this amazing family. From the trips to MI or the year that Cheryl's family drove a crown vic. to Chicago; I have many fond memories of this brilliant, creative, and kind woman and mother. I am sending love and tenderness in your direction. Be gentile while grieving this beautiful soul. xoxoxo Shawn Teasley

Leona Harrow

September 6, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Cheryl. Wish I could be there. She and the family will be in my prayers.

Sally LaBonte

September 6, 2018

I'm so sorry for your family's loss of your mom and wife. Cheryl was such a sweet and special person. I was lucky to work beside her in Arlington and I hope you all know how much she loved you and how very proud she was of you. Everyone she met was truly fortunate, especially children, who she cared so strongly and deeply for. I wish you loving memories and comfort in your great sadness.