Cherie La Pelusa, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday April 28, 2020 at Bayonne Medical Center due to complications from COVID-19.
Cherie was the co-owner of Gary La Pelusa Landscaping alongside her husband, 3rd Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa Sr.
With a unique style all her own, Cherie was in tune with the political scene in Bayonne where she was elected several times as the Democratic Committeewoman for her district. She was known by many as a meticulous political planner who worked tirelessly for her husband’s campaigns. She also ran the Gary La Pelusa Association, a political organization created to inform the public, help create a better quality of life, and help others in need while recognizing those deserving individuals for their dedication and hard work in the Bayonne community.
Cherie was a fierce protector of her family with a boundless amount of love that was unquestionable and unwavering. She was an image of light and a nurturing mother who instilled in her children the importance of moral values and integrity. She especially looked forward to snuggle time with her daughter Gianna before taking her to school and lunch dates with her adored grandsons Noah and Nicholas, who were her pride and joy.
She was known to many as a straightforward and strong-willed personality who had an intuitive ability to read a person’s true character. She never hesitated to express her direct opinion or her beliefs regarding any subject matter.
Cherie's favorite pastimes included a family game night of Scrabble, playing cards, or listening to the tunes of Elvis Presley and country music with her daughters. She was a diehard New York Yankee fan and an avid lover of sports. One of her finest attributes was her great sense of humor and ability to bring laughter to others. During holiday seasons she enjoyed burning bayberry candles and handing them out to her friends for good luck and prosperity for the New Year.
Cherie will remain in the hearts of her family and all those whose lives she touched. Her spirit, energy and flair will be missed immensely and loved eternally.
Sadly, Cherie's mother, Adrienne Marangio, succumbed to complications from COVID-19 on May 2nd. Cherie was predeceased by her father, John Marangio her grandparents, Ralph and Rae Holtzman, and her father-in-law John La Pelusa. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her devoted husband of 28 years, Gary La Pelusa Sr., her loving children, Gary Jr. and his companion Paige, David, Jennifer, and Gianna, her adored grandsons, Noah and Nicholas La Pelusa, sisters, Julie Gartenberg and Maria Davin, mother-in-law Marie La Pelusa, her aunt and uncle, Lois and Lou Grassi, (both of whom she had a close and unbreakable bond with), her brother and sister-in-law, John and wife Ellen La Pelusa , and her godchildren, Laura, Johnny, and Chris. Also survived by her nieces, nephews and many loyal friends.
Remember me whenever you see a sunrise.
Remember me whenever you see a star.
Remember me whenever you see a rainbow,
or woods in Autumn colors from afar.
Remember me whenever you see roses,
or seagulls sailing high in a sky of blue.
Remember me whenever you see waves
shining in the sun. Remember me and
I’ll be remembering you!
whenever you see a teardrop or meadows
still wet with morning dew. Remember
me when you feel love growing in your
heart and remember I’ll be remembering
Services and interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ, will be private. Please consider leaving a condolence message or lighting a candle on the tribute wall above in honor of Cherie. Your words of comfort may be just the light that the family needs during these trying times. Reaching out reminds them they are not isolated, alone or forgotten.
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