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May 2, 2013

Cheryl R. Stelter

Cheryl R. Stelter

NEW KINGSTON — Cheryl R. Stelter, of New Kingston, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, following a lengthy illness and battle with cancer.

As Cheryl’s husband for 35 years, I struggled with how to summarize one’s life in a brief column and still do her justice.

Born and raised in Queens, Cheryl graduated from John Adams High School and attended Queens College for a year.

For those who knew Cheryl, you are aware of her passion, strong beliefs, a desire for privacy and an unwavering commitment to things that were important to her and what she loved to do: the environment (she was years ahead of most folks in her concern over global warming and its serious effects on our weather, pollution, etc.)

Cheryl served as Clean Communities coordinator, Plastics Recycling coordinator, Litter Control officer and chairperson of the Environmental Commission — all of which when we lived in Matawan, N.J., and vice chairperson of the Environmental Roundtable for the Bay Shore Region in New Jersey. She loved fly fishing in the county’s great trout streams and was the first female officer of Trout Unlimited Jersey Shore Chapter.

A fan of music — from Jerry Garcia’s Grateful Dead to raps Kanye West and most in between and camping — from Maine to Pennsylvania — she loved the outdoors, fresh air, crackling fire and outdoor cooking.

Cheryl was a talented artist and loved arts and crafts and folk art — our home is a testimony to her skills and our shared love of early American art and furniture, gardening — she spent endless hours creating a beautiful and natural garden that surrounds our home — I think “perennial” was her middle name.

Sayde, our wonderful daughter that Cheryl committed 18 years as a stay-at-home mom, helped successfully launch Sayde’s life. Her black pug, Owen, brings hours of joy and loyalty to both of us. And most importantly, honesty; I know of no one more honest and “street smart” than Cheryl was — never a lie, never deceitful to some maybe honest to a fault.

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