Kerrie Anne Guibord

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(Asbury Park Press)

Kerrie Anne Guibord, age 48, of Point Pleasant passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, after a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Born in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1960, she lived her childhood years in Plattsburgh, N.Y. before moving to Wall in 1974. Kerrie graduated from Wall High School in 1978 as a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Douglass College, Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1982. During her college tenure, she was a member of the Rutgers Women's Crew Team for four years and went on to coach the team from 1982-1989. Kerrie worked summers at Hinck's Turkey Farm in Wall. After graduating from college, in addition to coaching, Kerrie worked for The Atlantic Club in Wall and in public education before pursuing a career in commercial insurance. She received her Chartered Property Casuality Underwriter (CPCU) certification in 1995 during her many years of employment with St. Paul Travelers Insurance in Edison from which she retired in 2006. She was a member of Fellowship Chapel, Point Pleasant.
Kerrie loved animals, especially her three cats, Gryphon (Fat Boy), and twins, Tiki and Ronde - otherwise known as her "boys". They brought such joy and comfort to her. She was an avid reader of anything in print and accumulated quite a library over the years. She was a history buff and especially enjoyed reading about the American Revolution. Kerrie also enjoyed and grew a variety of plants and flowers in her gardens. A few of her favorite places to spend time with family and friends included Rollins Pond State Campground in the Adirondack Mountains of N.Y., a family camp on an island in Lake Champlain, N.Y., and the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Kerrie was a very active tri-athlete who loved to train and compete with her friends and teammates in the great outdoors. She was known by many at the Jersey Shore as "Coach Kerrie". She could often be found running the boardwalk in Spring Lake, riding her bike on training rides, participating in Adventure Team Races and training at The Atlantic Club where she was an active member. She was a big fan of Lance Armstrong and aspired to emulate his work ethic as she prepared for many of her athletic events as well as the challenges that she faced in life. She was famous for her team training regimens and encouraged many a first time marathoner. In addition, she dedicated her time and energy to raise money for a variety of causes such as the National Arthritis Foundation (NAF) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS). Kerrie trained many NAF Joints in Motion teams to compete in various marathons including those in Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco, Calif. Other marathons that she participated in included scenic places such as Alaska, Chicago, and San Diego. She was a regular participant in the MS 170 mile bicycle team ride from Sandy Hook to Cape May and the River to Sea Relay from Frenchtown to Manasquan. She was a big fan of the N.Y. Giants and the N.Y. Yankees!
Kerrie was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Edna and Richard Frye; her paternal grandparents, Mary and Richard Guibord; her uncle, Michael Guibord; and her stepbrother, Michael Cottrell. She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her mother, Irene Frye Cottrell and stepfather, Herbert G. Cottrell of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; her father, Peter B. Guibord and stepmother, Theresa Guibord also of Plattsburgh; her sister, Lynne Guibord Landis and her husband, Eugene of Pt. Pleasant; her brother, Richard Guibord and his wife, Kathy of Interlaken; an aunt, Reverend Christine Frye of Wakefield, Quebec, Canada; and an uncle, Alden Frye and his wife, Penny of Crossville, Tenn.; an uncle, Barrie Guibord of Jay, N.Y.; an aunt, Susan Guibord Patnode and her husband, John also of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and an aunt, Deborah Guibord Stay and her husband, Kenneth of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; cousins, Bari Ayn Guibord of Chicago, Ill. and her spouse, Lenka Reznicek, Alicia Frye Smith and her husband, John also of Crossville, Tenn., and Kenneth, Kelsey, and Korinne Stay of Plattsburgh; many step-sisters and stepbrothers including, Herbert Cottrell and his wife, Barbara of Lakewood, Linda Cottrell of Roswell, Ga., Paul Cottrell of Hapeville, Ga., Christopher Cottrell and his wife, Amy of Wharton, Theresa and Michael Hynes of Morrisonville ,N.Y., Yvette Durham of Plattsburgh, Robert A. Durham of Lake Placid, N.Y., Eric Durham of Port St. Lucie, Fla., James Durham of Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Stacey Chapman and her husband, Jeffrey of Schuyler, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews including Brittany and Conor Landis, Sarah Adolfsen and her husband, Kris, Rebekah Singh, Rachel Cottrell, Codie and Chandler Cottrell, Kaitlin and Carson Hynes, Simone and Mark Shay, Claire and Kash Durham, Payden and Emily Durham, and Cara and Dana Chapman; and great nieces and nephews, Alexa Singh, Nathaniel, Kimberly, Danielle, and Timothy Adolfsen. Kerrie will be greatly missed by many friends and family from communities both near and far.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick, N.J. A service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at 11 a.m. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kerrie's name to the Joan Dancy and PALS Support Group, Riverview Medical Center, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, N.J. 07701;

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 16, 2009
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