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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Cherryl Vaccarella

Cherryl L. Vaccarella (Adams)

Thursday, June 12th, 1969 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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MECHANICVILLE - Cherryl Lynn Vaccarella, 51, of Saratoga Avenue, died of medical complications at the Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving husband, John and her devoted mother, Mary Andrus on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Born in Somerville, NJ on June 12, 1969, the daughter of John R. Adams and Mary M. Andrus, Cherryl was a graduate of Colonie High School and Cobleskill College and Buffalo State. She earned her Masters Degree from SUNY Albany in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. After several years of working in industry, Cherryl joined the faculty at SUNY Cobleskill College in the Hospitality, Culinary and Restaurant Management Department.

Cherryl’s enthusiasm for the curriculum and dedication to her students and their academic success lead to over 22 years of successful and rewarding teaching and their guidance . One of Cherryl’s principal hallmarks was that the “real world” demands punctuality, commitment,
honesty and trust. These corner stones of education and life in general have lead to hundreds of Cherryl’s graduates to be launched into their own businesses and work in top industry positions. She has earned the respect and fond admiration of her fellow faculty members and colleagues over the years. As the faculty advisor for the student CHAT Club, Cherryl was involved with her students coordinating multiple community fund raising projects such as the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness to name a few for more than 20 years.

Cherryl had received AHE, CDP, WSA, DRA, achievements.

Cherryl has been a woman of conviction and dedication, not just to her students, but in her life in general. She has been someone who is spirited and full of energy, a risk taker, and a person always seeking to improve and innovate the current status. She accepted challenges, both professionally and personally, with an attitude of “forward motion”. She was a true, compassionate and loving generous heart to colleagues, family, and friends.

At home, Cherryl enjoyed gardening and decorating and protecting the environment and always helping her friends and neighbors. She was a chef, a true artist in the kitchen, creating new recipes with general ingredients. She would often say “I am going to shop the cooler’.

Cherryl loved her dogs, Sammy and Cooper. They were her “soul mates” on four legs. Her home was her “fortress of solitude”.

Cherryl is survived by her husband, John Vaccarella, parents, John R. Adams and Mary M. Andrus, brother, John J. Adams, nephew, Justin Adams, niece, Ula Tanuvasa, uncles Steve Hribik, James Hribik, Troy Brisesbois and families and many cousins and second cousins.

Our dearest Cherryl, we already miss you terribly and will love you always.

Calling hours at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118 on Monday from 5-7 PM.
A Private Funeral Mass(FB Live Link - ( will be celebrated on Tuesday at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 No. Main St, Mechanicville with burial to follow at St. Paul's Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the funeral mass are required to call the funeral home for time and attendance control. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, wearing of masks will be mandatory and social distancing guidelines will be followed at all services.
Those wishing to help Cherryl's dedication to enable students to succeed, are urged in lieu of flowers, to mail a donation to the newly founded Cherryl Vaccarella Scholarship Foundation at SUNY Cobleskill Foundation, 106 Suffolk Circle, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Inc.
    39 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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    Fr. Thomas Morrette
  • Interment

    St. Paul's Cemetery
    62 Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Posted at 02:24am
It is several months after Cherryl's passing and I only learned of it today because I stopped by the school and I always look for her when I stop by. I was in several of her classes as an adult student. She was great. She was great with the younger students, great with me and cared about all of us. Such an asset to the school. For the short time I knew her, she made my life better. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I wish her family, John, and friends strength and peace.

Bob Sielaff

Posted at 10:00am
Cherryl entering our department was like a breath of fresh air. Throughout her tenure I was always particularly impressed with her attention to her classes, even more so with her work with the student club, C.H.A.T.
I was fortunate and very pleased when Cherryl might ask for help with some class information, and at times to help her and her class with particular production work. I’m Of the opinion Cherryl would have very much enjoyed team teaching together as some of us in our department .

Zachary Walters

Posted at 02:17pm
Professor Vaccarella was most certainly my favorite professor at this school, and it is heartbreaking that she is no longer with us, however she is in a better place. She was brutally honest and was never one to take any horseplay under any circumstances, yet still managed to be one of the funniest, most engaging professors I have ever had. It was a pleasure to be in her classroom and I would trade anything for one more class with her.

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Barbara Furlong

Posted at 09:26am
I will always remember Cherryl's smiling face and enthusiasm. She cared about everyone, was always able to make things work out, and loved being part of her campus family. She will be missed greatly. Barb Furlong

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