Cheryl “Cheri” M. Browne, 53, of Suffield, CT and Windermere, FL, entered into the peace of Our Lord’s Infinity Mercy on Tuesday (April 5, 2011) in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. Cheri was the beloved wife of J. Francis “Bud” Browne and a loving daughter of Raymond and Shirley (Langan) Mitchell of Dracut, MA. She was born on May 18, 1957 in Lowell, MA. Cheri touched the hearts of many people with her genuine, warm, loving and caring embrace. She was honest, direct, a loyal true friend and a person of great humility. She lived by the motto “if there is a will there is a way which was reflected in her honesty, integrity and consistency to follow through. Her loves were reading, walking, gardening, cooking, conversing with friends and family, bringing people together, lending a helping hand, traveling, her two golden retrievers KC & Lady and playing tennis with her pals. She loved her home in Windermere, FL and truly enjoyed interior decorating. She was well informed and well versed on many intellectual topics. Family was the most important part of her life.
Cheri was a former member of the Suffield Zoning and Board of Appeals, Founder and 1st President of the former Enfield Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, former member of the Johnson Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, a committee member on the Hall of Trees Charity Event to benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and was an active member of the N. Central CT Chamber of Commerce helping with many charity events and serving on numerous committees, etc.
Along with her husband, Cheri founded and built Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels in 1989 and was a Corporate Director of J. Francis Browne, Co, Inc. She was also formerly employed as a National Trade Show Manager and Special Events Coordinator with Vivendi Universal, Torrance, CA.
Besides her beloved husband, Bud of 31 years and parents Cheri is also survived by her loving daughter; Brielle of Bethel, ME & Boston, MA, her two beloved sons; J. Francis, IV “BJ” of Suffield & Windermere, FL and Nicholas of Denver, CO. Her siblings; Raymond Mitchell of Fort Myers, FL, Debra Powell (Robert) of Mountaintop, PA, Karen MacAulay (Andrew) of Belmont, MA, Heidi Mitchell of Haverhill, MA, Gregory Mitchell of Dracut, MA and Gretchen Greene of Mountaintop, PA, her mother-in-law; Alice Browne of Suffield, CT, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many loving and close loyal friends, especially the Rhode Island trip buddies, the Cape Cod Clan, the Hazard Grille Gang, Book Club, Bonko Group, Cookie Swap Pals, Enfield Junior Women’s Club and Enfield Women’s Club. She was predeceased by her best friend Brenda Vigeant, of Dracut, MA.
Cheri’s family would especially like to thank Kathy Ostrowski for her support and the exceptional & compassionate care given to her.
Relatives and friends may gather with her family during calling hours on Friday (April 8, 2011) from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels 43 Shaker Rd. Enfield (Exit 48 off I-91, East on Rt. 220 for 1 ¼ miles). Funeral services in celebration of Cheri’s life will be held on Saturday (April 9, 2011) with the procession forming at 9:30 am at the funeral home to St. Patrick’s Church for A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Patrick’s King St. Cemetery. Because of Cheri’s love of children the family has requested memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund 555 Long Warf Dr. New Haven, CT 06511. “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”.