Sheryl Lynn (Boerenko) Cavanaugh-Bakaj

December 9, 1963 ~ July 16, 2022 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Sheryl Lynn Boerenko Bakaj


It’s with heavy hearts and much sorrow that we announce the passing of Sheryl Lynn Boerenko Bakaj, 58, on Saturday July 16th 2022. Sheryl was born on December 9th 1963 in New Hartford, N.Y. to Rosemary K. Peck and Adam S. Krawczyk III. Pre-deceased by her dad Adam at a very young age, her mom Rosemary then married Donald C. Boerenko who graciously adopted both her and her younger brother. Donald and Rosemary moved to Colchester in 1969 where they decided to settle and still reside.  Sheryl went to Colchester public schools and graduated from Bacon Academy in 1982. Sheryl then went on to college at Eastern Connecticut State University and then on to nursing school and became a nurse.  She loved her job and loved helping people. Sheryl later had a family of her own and settled down in East Hampton, CT. She leaves behind the love of her life William Bakaj, her daughter Megan Pease and spouse (Kevin Pease), and her son Matt Cavanaugh and spouse (Victoria Cavanaugh). She will be dearly missed by her three grandchildren Jenna, Lily and Matt Jr. Sheryl is also survived by her mother Rosemary K. Boerenko, her dad Donald C. Boerenko, and her two brothers Adam S. Boerenko (spouse Ivelisse Boerenko), Erik Boerenko (spouse Kelly Boerenko). She will be missed by her three nieces Victoria Boerenko, Alyssa Boerenko, Kylie Boerenko and her nephew Garrett Boerenko.


Sheryl was full of life and she showed it by the love she gave her grandchildren, family, friends and dogs Skye and Harley. A lover of animals, Sheryl was never without a dog, she even brought them when she traveled in her toy hauler/camper. She loved traveling to the southern states and loved Country music. She visited and rode on Bill’s Harley through the Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and Nashville Tennessee. She also loved the Bahamas and the beach where she made many friends. At home: Nana’s grandkids, gardening and family were her enjoyment. Last but not least Sheryl even shared her love with non-family members like her daughter’s best friend Tanya who was like a second daughter to her. Engraved on a gift bracelet: “I didn’t give you life, but life gave me you” …in a letter wrote:


“I couldn’t have loved you more if you were my very own. Thank you for the privilege of being your extra Mom. In my heart you have always been, and will always be, my daughter. I love you.”


Sheryl showed that love has no boundaries. She will be forever in our hearts.


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