Cheryelle "Nana" (Weir) Eichorst of Windsor, formerly of Suffield, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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Born in Catskill, New York, in 1947, Cheryelle moved to Connecticut with her family in 1977 and worked for many years at The Suffield Inn and The Windsor House, retiring from the state of Connecticut Department of Corrections - Osborn Correctional. Cheryelle was a kind, generous soul who enjoyed helping others. Over the years her house was always full of friends and laughter. She loved spending time with family and took great pleasure in hosting the holidays. She was a collector of pugs, real and not real.
Cheryelle is survived by her parents, Marilyn Weir and Jim Clark of Greenfield Center, New York; her son, Rob Eichorst of St. Petersburg, Florida; her daughter, Audra Puchkoris and her husband, Brad, of Windsor, with whom she made her home; and Steve Snow and his wife, Gayle, of Ellington. She also leaves her grandchildren whom she loved dearly, PFC Bradley Puchkoris Jr. USMC, New River, North Carolina, Kelly Puchkoris (who graciously helped her with everything) of Windsor, Jenna Barrett and her husband, Jeff, of Canton, Georgia, and Alicia and Stephanie Snow of Ellington; and her great-granddaughters, Sierra and Peyton Ingalls. Cheryelle is also survived by her siblings, Rudy and Debbie Weir, Bud and Rita Seeley, and Midge and Billy Craft, all of upstate New York; many nieces, nephews and friends. She leaves very special friends, sisters, Joyce Roth and Marcia Jarosz of Enfield, who have willingly adopted her beloved pugs, Jynx and Chopper, who were everything to her. Cheryelle was predeceased by her son Joe Eichorst; her brother Lawrence Weir; and her mother-in-law, Irene Eichorst.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family during visiting hours Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in West Suffield Cemetery.
To honor Cheryelle's memory, save an animal, give one a forever home, or make a donation to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.
For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
Windsor Locks Funeral Home
441 Spring Street
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, 2014