Cheryl A. Connaghan, 64, of Chester Springs and formerly of the Upper Askam section of Hanover Township, lost her courageous battle with cancer on May 11, 2013.
She was born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 13, 1948, a daughter of Geraldine Meszczynski, Upper Askam, and the late Edmund A. Meszczynski Sr.
Cheryl graduated from Hanover Area High School, class of 1966, where she was the captain of the cheerleading squad. After graduating, she moved to California, where she started teaching ballet and creative dance. During this time, she began her studies in early-childhood education. After earning an associate's degree, Cheryl moved back to Pennsylvania, where she started at LA Petite Academy.
Cheryl gave 18 years of loving and caring service to hundreds of children throughout the tri-state area. She will be sadly missed by all of the lives she has touched with her love and compassion.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her father, was a sister, Deborah.
Surviving are her husband of 22 years, Kevin Connaghan, Chester Springs; daughter, Jesika Marie, Pomponia, Calif.; brother, Edmund A. Meszczynski Jr., Shavertown; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Cheryl will be held 9 a.m. Saturday at George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Main Street, Sugar Notch. The Rev. Joseph Kakareka will officiate. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial will be held in Cheryl's honor in Calvary Fellowship Church, Lionville, Pa., on June 22, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Cheryl's memory may be made to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 901 E. Street NW, Suite 405, Washington, DC 20004.