Cheryl Terrass Naslund
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Naslund, Cheryl Terrass

Cheryl Terrass Naslund, 60, of Vestal, NY, our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away on Tuesday, October 13th after a sudden and unanticipated cerebral hemorrhage. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Richard Naslund; her father, Terry Terrass; her children, Cambria, Kalindi, Neelam, Skye, and Sterling Naslund, and Melanie Zioze and husband Dean; her grandchildren, Alexis, Kate, and Jack Zioze; her sisters, Leigh and Adrienne; many nieces and nephews; her exchange daughters, Carola and Gabriela; and a multitude of friends around the world. She was predeceased by her mother, Jackie Terrass, and by her infant son, Nicholas.

Cheryl and Richard moved to the Binghamton area in 1987 and soon became integrated into the community. Cheryl was the librarian at UE high school, a driving force in the University Women's group, a member of the Indian Cultural Center, a volunteer ski instructor for the Greek Peak Adaptive Ski Program, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a part-time PhD student in the School of Education at BU, a mother of six who took numerous additional foreign students under wing, and a founding member of the Red Poodle Society. She was an avid traveler and adventurer, scuba diver, photographer, art walker, museum goer, a gourmet cook specializing in world cuisines, a generous and frequent host, an unparalleled copy editor, frequent rail trail walker (with her love Tamarind the Red), passionate learner, English, Spanish, and French speaker, internet guru for many local organizations and desperate students in her library, and social chairman for her husband and for half of the Binghamton area as well.

She was particularly proud (as were we) when she received her Professional Ski Instructors of America certification to help with her volunteer work. She was selected as Volunteer of the Year at Greek Peak Adaptive Ski Program in 2009, was given the UEHS Tiger Pride Awesomeness Award in 2012, and was awarded the Broome County Woman of Achievement Award in 2007. She learned to ski on one leg in her fifties in order to better teach amputees to ski. She was a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara (BA), and the University of Michigan (MLS).

Visitation hours will be held on Sunday, October 18th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton (183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 19th at Our Lady of Sorrows Church (801 Main Street, Vestal) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The family will greet friends from 5:00pm and a reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Cheryl's name to Broome-Tioga Special Olympics (checks to BTSO, c/o John Crosby, 9 Londonderry Lane, Owego, NY 13827) or to Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports (checks to Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports, 9 Eland Dr., Apalachin, NY 13732;

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Querido Dick, Nilam, Sternlin, Sky... Les mando un cariñoso saludo desde Santiago de Chile. Recordar a la Cheryl junto con uds. trae siempore una brisa de felicidad y una sonrisa en mi vida. Recuerden que en Chile tienen una casa y familia que los quiere y desea verlos pronto. Con afecto, Enrique, Josefina e hijos.
Enrique Hurtado
October 9, 2020
Dick and Family, I think about Cheryl very often. I think about how lovely and smart she was. I remember how she laughed. I remember the way she told a story, and of her love of life. I miss her.
Peggy Golden
October 11, 2016
This month is Cheryl's birthday and also the one year mark of her passing. This past weekend, Jim and I spent a couple of days with Dick and family in Binghamton at their hillside home which was lovingly decorated by Dick and Cheryl with beautiful paintings, masks, and other memorabilia, a place that is peaceful, and where the family can sense their mother's influence and love.
Miss you Cheryl, my good friend!
Janice Pegels
October 10, 2016
I cannot believe we are coming up on a
year without you Cheryl. I think about you
everyday because the star I named for you
in our southern sky is always visible to
me. It seems to be shining with more
intensity lately. I am sure heaven is basking
in your brightness and energy. I chuckle to
myself when I am out on a long nighttime
walk and I feel your presence walk with me.
I will never forget you. Wishing comfort
for Dick and the kids at this one year mark.
Connie Bungo
October 9, 2016
remembering you
and the light you brought to your family and still do.
Colleen Standley
April 25, 2016
I am so so sad to hear this. Cheryl was one of my favorite roommates in La Jolla, Ca in the late 1970's. We loved the ocean and I remember when she was a waitress at the nearest fancy restaurant on the beach. She got a tip from Movie Actor John Wayne, whom she had recognized and spoken to as she served him. The tip was more than the bill for his lunch! She was overwhelmed, of course. We kept in touch through yearly cards until Facebook took over. I'm not great at FB so hadn't checked it for quite some time. Cherl was such a adventurous and untiring person her entire life. I was hoping we might again have an adventure together before we wore out. Guess she did that first. I send my deepest sympathies to Dick and the children and her sisters. Sadly, Heidi Hahn
Heidi Hahn
January 22, 2016
Dear Naslund and Terrass Families - too soon. An extraordinary legacy of accomplishment and kindness - forever a Palo Alto treasure.
Colleen Standley
October 28, 2015
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Cheryl's passing. She was a wonderful companion throughout our graduate studies at Michigan. Cheryl was so full of life, energy, humor (I can still hear her laugh), passion and intellect. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to Dick and all the family.
Nancy Spitzer (formerly Greene)
October 26, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl for many years at the high school. She was a wealth of resources and always willing to lend a hand if you needed help finding information. We would walk in together many mornings and I enjoyed hearing about her adventures and how proud she was of her kids and family. Her blog posts from Chili were also fun to read. She was an amazing person who will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I am sorry for your family's loss. May peace be with your family.
T Trupp
October 25, 2015
Cheryl was the consummate librarian, a perfect lady at all times, and a great friend. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends.
MaryAnn Karre
October 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Naslund family as you face this sudden and tragic loss. I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl through the BOCES School Library System. Through our many interactions, Cheryl's bright, inquisitive mind and passion for her profession always shone through. She generously gave of her time and expertise as a colleague, mentor, and friend to the librarians in our community. She will be truly missed.
Nicole Laura
October 20, 2015
Gracias Cheryl por tu presencia en este mundo, por tu apertura y calidez y tu infinita capacidad de estar abierta a lo nuevo.
Francesca Nilo
October 19, 2015
Cheryl always impressed me with her intelligence and energy. I want to express to the Naslund family how sorry I am to hear of their tragic loss.
Janet Sutera
October 19, 2015
For as long as I can remember, Cheryl identified herself as "Cheryl Naslund" every time she called our house. It made me smile because she was unique enough to need no surname. She was brilliant and posessed joie de vivre. In her warmth, she reached out and connected with all who surrounded her. Dick, Sterling, Skye, Neelam, Kalindi, and Cambria: Wishing you strength and light as you endure her shocking loss. You are in my prayers.
Sarah (Engle) Scordino
October 19, 2015
I met Cheryl and family through my work at Southern Tier Independence Center. I was inspired by Cheryl and always looked forward to visiting with her. I am shocked and saddened by the news of her passing. I pray for peace, strength, and blessings for her family in their time of sorrow.
Kami Giglio
October 19, 2015
A beautiful full life in 60 years. I wish I had half the zeal as she - EW Vestal Public Library Employee
October 19, 2015
Cheryl was a past president of SLST-East, School Librarians of the Southern Tier East. All local librarians, public & school. lift a glass to Cheryl in remembrance and admiration for her inspirational life.
Lonna Pierce
October 19, 2015
Dear Dick, friends and family of Naslund:
Cheryl has been a generous and a kind person. I had the opportunity to work with her as a volunteer at Indian Cultural Center. She was always helpful and took keen interest in knowing about other cultures especially Indian. We always appreciated her love shown by adopting children especially from India. This world needs people like her to spread the love of humanity. We will miss you Cheryl. May your soul rest in peace.
Dev Devadoss
October 19, 2015
UUCB was blessed to have Cheryl's light and love for so many years! Cheryl was a bright, energetic loving presence in our congregation. I was blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lauri Thomas
October 19, 2015
Dick - I was surprised and saddened to learn of Cheryl's passing. I never met your wife, but when I read the GeoBing newsletter, I was always amazed with the full and adventurous life you, Cheryl, and your family led. Reading her accomplishments, Cheryl seemed a force of nature. My sincerest condolences on your loss.
Alex Czuhanich (former student, Class of '88)
October 19, 2015
Naslunds, Cheryl was a great mentor and inspiration to me, both as a parent and librarian. She always impressed me with her intelligence and dry humor. I think of her often with much appreciation for her support and kindness to me during difficult times. Bless you all!
Susan Waring
October 18, 2015
Dear Dick, children, family and friends of the Nalsunds,
It has been a week of long meditations and prayers for a friendship as the one I could share with Cheryl has got really deep in my heart, because of the determination, energy, joy, intelligence and virtue she put in every relationship she undertook.
She has been my partner throughout my Education PhD, while she made hers. We first started studying one year in Chile, and after went to the United States and Canada to visit some leaders in our common research area. She was able to hold together a macro system sight with a strong and generous commitment to the particular and the ethnographic perspective, making us realize that this was the real full meaning of theory.
When I saw a picture where she and Dick looked as two young hippies, she told me it was because they got in to California University in 1968If ever that generation has been able to bring such a overflowing basket of juicy fruits as Cheryl and Dick did, young people in the future will have much to learn from it!!!!
I could witness how firmly they raised each one of their children, along with much love and care; and it made me sure that that was the right combination.
They became a paradigm for Jose and me, for the way they entertained, adventured; enjoyed people, culture and nature, spas, good wine, tasty conversations. They were excellent hosts and wonderful guests.
Cheryl, everything you have undertaken you have filled with life. Thank you for your exemplary life.
See you.
Enrique Hurtado
October 18, 2015
My heart goes out to Cheryl's family and friends. I met Cheryl at Special O skiing. A very special lady. May God give you all inner strength and peace.
Penny Williams
October 18, 2015
Dear Dick and family, Ken and I are deeply saddened by this news. Cheryl was a wonderful, loving, generous woman who cared deeply about her family, her friends, and the people in her community. Like many other people, I'll miss her.
Peggy Golden
October 17, 2015
Cheryl and her husband have been wonderful friends of mine for many years. What a sad and tragic loss of such a vibrant, brilliant individual.
October 17, 2015
Dear Dick and family,
The world has lost a very special person but heaven has been made even more beautiful by Cheryl's presence there. We can't begin to fathom what you are going through. Please know that our hearts are heavy with the knowledge of the burden you are are experiencing. We know there are no words anyone can say to ease your grief but hope that seeing how much she was loved and the knowledge of how much she loved her life and her family will give you some comfort. Together you lived an amazing life. She left a tremendous legacy of love that will keep her memory alive forever. Please know you are in all of our prayers.
With much love,
EJ and Kim Shwrry
Kim Sherry
October 17, 2015
We will never forget you, you'll always be in a heart. It's sad to see such a wonderful person go. Book club will never be the same without, and may our thoughts and prayers be with you and your family.
Rebecalyn Barber
October 16, 2015
We are so saddened to hear of Cheryl's untimely passing. She was always a friend to us and our community. God Bless and take solace in knowing what a wonderful humanitarian she always was. We will never forget her kindness and compassion for everyone around her.
John and Neha Deopuria
October 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rachel Light
October 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to my friend Neelam in the loss of your wonderful Mother. Love you, Alice
October 16, 2015
Words cannot even begin to express what a profound loss our world has had. My heartfelt sympathy to Dick, and all the family. Cheryl was a beatiful, gracious, talented, intelligent woman whose energy level always astounded me! What I will always remember though, is her kindness. In fact, the words of songwriter Jewel come immediately to mind from her song, "Hands": In the end, only kindness matters. Cheryl lived that. Godspeed my friend; you will always be close in my heart...xo
Deb Renee Biggs
October 16, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Colleen McKinney-Syron
October 16, 2015
Please accept my sincere sympathy. Cheryl worked with me at the Teacher Center of Broome County, She always had so much to offer. She will be greatly missed.
sharon wells
October 16, 2015
My condolences and heart-felt sympathy to the husband and family of Cheryl. I worked with Cheryl in the Union-Endicott high school Library and found her to be especially liberated and diverse in consideration of the uniqueness of cultural and races. I was inspired by her thought for detail and improvement in all things considered important. She would always give me a Christmas greeting and gift each year in coming to the district office.
May her memory and love comfort you.
Jessie Y. Beale
October 16, 2015
Cheryl was my sister's friend and I visiting Binghamton the past week. Randi told me a lot about Cheryl and she was an inspiration to me even though I did not know her personally. She was a truly amazing, giving person. I am sorry for your loss.
Michele Scheiner
October 16, 2015
How sad to have such a bright energy force leave her family and friends so soon. She touched everyone she encountered with such wonderful spirit and care. I only knew her through such encounters @ UUCB. I found her fascinating with all she did and looked forward to accomplishing. There are no words to soften the suddeness of her loss for those that loved her. To Dick and children...many hugs and positive energy to you all to help you through this time.
Darlyne Mitchell
October 16, 2015
My deepest sorrows to the Naslund's. Continue your good work to eternity.
Willie Margai
October 16, 2015
My deepest sympathy to your family.I met Cheryl at my friend Krishna's house,she was an amazing lady.
Gabi Sorensen
October 16, 2015
My thoughts are with Kalindi and the Naslund family during this difficult time. Please know the Hartwick College family has you in our prayers.
Kim Fierke
October 16, 2015
I am deeply sorry for you loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lori Bailey
October 16, 2015
My loving thoughts go out to Cheryl's family. I liked and admired Cheryl very much and am so saddened by this news. Her strong and caring spirit will live on through all those who were privileged to know and love her. My best to you always..
Jan Cohen
October 16, 2015
My thoughts and condolences go out to the family.
Cathy Lipski
October 16, 2015
Cheryl had a rare combination of chutzpah and kindness. She was willing to stand up and speak truth to those in authority. I remember her sharing a ride with me, a newly minted school librarian, to attend a conference in Buffalo. She took me under her wing and mentored me for several months. She was a librarian's librarian, a leader in her profession. Holding heart space for her dear family and many friends.
Rick Gridley
October 15, 2015
It was too early and unbelievable! She was such a wonderful person. We always learned something new every time we met her. We have lots of good memories of her and we'll always remember her in our hearts.
Dear Dick, Cambria, Kalindi, Neelam, Skye, Sterling, Melanie and Dean: Please accept our deepest condolences.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Bahman, Nazila, Ramina and Arshia Sotoudeh
October 15, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nasland family. I was fortunate to have worked with Cheryl. She was a very special and talented woman. She touched so many lives in so many ways. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Richard and Karen Fedor
October 15, 2015
Sharon scism
October 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Naslund family. I loved working with Cheryl at UE. She was a gracious and lovely lady who I admired immensely ; I know she will be sorely missed.
cheri champion
October 15, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Naslund family. Cheryl was such a vibrant person, adventuresome, intellectually curious and involved. Her life touched so many people. She will be sadly missed. May knowing that you are in the hearts and thoughts of others help you in this time of sorrow.
Gail and Matt Szeliga
October 15, 2015
I had only met Cheryl and her family once. Mike and I were invited to dinner at her home. Another couple, familiar with Thailand, was also there. Skye was heading to Thailand to be an exchange student. Skye was as bright and adventuresome as her mother.
I was so impressed with Cheryl's organizational skills, her knowledge, and how she encouraged and loved her family.

She was remarkable and enjoyed a "life well-lived". I can only imagine how much her family will miss her.
Betty Sabo
October 15, 2015
Dick and family~I was shocked when I came across a post telling of Cheryl's sudden passing. I have known Cheryl since 7th grade back in Groton, CT. We spent a lot of time together, played hours of gin rummy and just enjoyed being friends. I am so happy that I was able to see her and some of the family at my work in Enumclaw when you were out in this area some years back. She was a wonderful person who inspired so many people throughout her life. I will miss her. Hugs to the whole family!
Karen Hoyt
October 15, 2015
Sending our deepest condolences to Dick and all of the wonderful Naslund family. Although we all would have preferred Cheryl had continued to live on as we all knew and loved her, she will be living on in so many of us, in so many ways, for all the good she has done throughout her life.
Susan Blue, Pete, Jordan & Josh Charnetsky
October 15, 2015
She was a dear, dear friend and colleague -- my co-worker at the Institute for Development Anthropology before she went on to become the librarian at UE. She was a great librarian and a great human being. Our deepest condolences to Dick and the kids.
Sylvia Horowitz
October 15, 2015
I am so grateful for Facebook as that is where I heard the news about Cheryl. We met at UCSB and have been friends ever since. Cheryl was in my wedding and I was there when she married Dick. Although we were on opposite sides of the US, Cheryl was always so good at staying connected. She really was the glue for all of us. Dick and the kids - my heart goes out to you. I am sending big love to you all. I will deeply miss my longtime friend!
Carolyn Strause-Cochran
October 15, 2015
Mrs.Naslund will be missed deeply as a person and an Librarian at the HS, nobody can fill her spot
Kobe Green
October 15, 2015
Dick and Family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Cheryl was a wonderful friend and we will truly miss her. May all the memories you shared together with her bring you peace.
The Tammariello Family
Jamie Tammariello
October 15, 2015
We are so very sorry about Cheryl. Cheryl was a force of nature-strong, vibrant, and constantly on the move. It is unfathomable to think that she is gone, but what she accomplished in 60 short years is also unfathomable. Cheryl left behind an incredible legacy--her family, her work, her contributions to society, and a global network of friends that will continue. Her love of life and adventure were once unstoppable. We will miss her so very much. The Kilmarx Family
Beth Kilmarx
October 15, 2015
Cheryl was a dear friend of many years since Campus preschool days, at UU church, in Opening Belles, and in our mother-daughter book group. I'm grateful to have had a delightful conversation with her just a few weeks ago to catch up on our lives. Cheryl had a zest and passion for life, for her friends, and for her family.
Janice Pegels
October 15, 2015
Her caring nature and unabashed directness were a winning combination. I am truly heartbroken (particularly for the Naslund Family) about this loss.
Wendy Martinek
October 15, 2015
We are all devastated by the sudden loss of our amazing Cheryl. There are no words to express our grief. She had a beautiful, caring heart and a gentle spirit. She was the first to welcome our family to Vestal in 1998 with an apple pie and a broad smile. From that moment on, we became steadfast friends forever. The memories are many and we will always look back on them with amazing gratitude and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .
Connie and Vince Bungo
October 15, 2015
We are so very sorry for the loss of clearly an amazing, loving person
October 15, 2015
We are shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Cheryl. We really enjoyed her company and conversation over the years. She was such a kind and gentle spirit. Naslund Family - you are in our prayers and we offer our sincere condolences.
Matt and Cynthia Szeliga
October 15, 2015
Very sorry to hear this sad news. Cheryl was a classmate and friend at the UofM School of Library and Information Science. She will be missed by so many.
October 15, 2015
Dick and family , we are so sorry, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time . If there anything we can do let us know. Mayda and Ricardo
October 15, 2015
As one of the SPICE families who enjoyed and will now miss Cheryl, we send our love to the entire family. We so enjoyed getting to know everyone in Johnstown PA. We will truely miss Cheryl.
Linda, Ed, Beth, Jennifer Pasto and Melody Allan
October 15, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl was a wonderful friend and adventurer. May her memory be a blessing to all she knew.
Elisabeth Green-Streeter
October 15, 2015
So sorry for your lose. My heart goes out to the Naslund family.
Chase Harrington
October 15, 2015
So sorry to hear about the passing of Cheryl. Cheryl was a great librarian and person. She would drop whatever she was doing to help the kids, teachers and aides. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Ann Folli
October 15, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss.
Fran Sala
October 15, 2015
To all of the Naslunds, especially Skye, Sterling, Neelam, Kalindi and Cambria - I'm so sorry and heartbroken!
Cary Fox
October 15, 2015
She was my High School librarian and current mentor while I am going to school to be a school librarian at Syracuse University. She was an amazing women and I am honored that I had a chance to learn from her. I hope that I can make her proud and be a great school librarian like she was to thousands of students. She will be missed.
Kenneth Roman
October 15, 2015
Cheryl - So great at staying in touch with friends. Thank you for that ... despite the years and distance, you found a way to get in touch. I see you as the glue that held friends and family together. You done good.
Mary M
October 15, 2015
My sincere condolences to the Naslund family. Cheryl was an intelligent and articulate woman who was a passionate supporter of libraries. I had the pleasure of working with her on many library related functions. She will be deeply missed.
Melissa Slater
October 15, 2015
My heart and thoughts go out to Sterling and all of the Naslund family. I am in total shock and saddened. I have been Sterling's mentor for over nine years, but our relationship has grown more than that. Cheryl and family welcome their friends into their home like if they are part of the family. I will miss our talks, Cheryl, about literature, politics, etc. You were a very compassionate, bright and strong woman. Your values and love for people will be passed on to your children. You raised them right. I'm sure they will still walk the dog, even though you are gone and I'll keep after them! Sterling, Dick and girls, I am so sorry! My sincere condolences!
Frank Anzalone
October 15, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl at UE for several years. She was a true professional and really cared about the students. The entire community is deeply saddened by the loss of such a great person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and UE Community.
Kevin McManus
October 15, 2015
I was deeply saddened to learn of Cheryl's passing. She and I had become quite good friends when we were taking classes at Binghamton University. She had a huge impact on my thinking through the many discussions we had on education and other topics. I loved her sense of adventure and her energy and intellect. She will be sorely missed by so many people. A great person had been lost to us all. Blessing to her family and friends.
Kathryn Mack
October 15, 2015
To the Naslaund family,
Our deepest sympathy. No words could express your loss. May God Bless all of you at such a difficult time.
Mike Koehler
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Toni Gaska
October 15, 2015
I was so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. She touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Fedor
October 15, 2015
Dear Naslund family, so much love and sympathy goes out from our family to yours. As I am sure you know, we are all just crushed by this news. Cheryl has been a dear and constant and welcoming friend since we arrived in the area. Our only comfort is that we were able to spend some wonderful quality time with her recently. I will especially fondly remember our dinner at Tranquil and our 'Wadjda' evening, as well as other times over the years, too numerous to mention. Cheryl always kept the conversation lively and was an uplifting and interesting hostess and guest. She was truly a blessing and will never be forgotten.
The Knipscher Family
October 15, 2015
Dick & Family, Our whole family is terribly shocked and so deeply saddened by your loss. I really don't know what to say, but we stand with you all at this difficult time and we are always right down the street if we can help in anyway.
Steven Shindler
October 15, 2015
What an amazing woman! I met Cheryl when I worked for computer services at UE school district. As long as I knew her, she never ceased to surprise me. She was kind and encouraging to me when I was working on my weight loss. She was never afraid to speak up for what was right, no matter the personal cost. She always had a minute to make you feel special and important, no matter how busy she was. Incredibly intelligent, with a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor she possessed and shared. I am so sorry to her dear family for this immense loss. Her spirit, I have no doubt; will never be far away from all those she loved and cherished. I am glad to have been blessed to know this unique woman, and to have called her friend.
Sharon Scism
October 15, 2015
I am so very sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this terribly difficult time.
Denise Stoughton
October 14, 2015
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