Cheryl Lee Crofts, 73, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully from complications from a long-term illness on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Her loving husband of 53 years, John was by her side during her final moments.
She was born August 10, 1946, to the late Isadore “Izzy” and Janet Bove Merlet. One of five daughters, she was raised in Pittsfield, Mass., and called the Berkshires her home. She attended area schools and was a 1964 graduate of Pittsfield High School, where she made lifelong friendships, many of which she continued to stay in touch with until her passing. Some of Cheryl’s fondest recent memories were of the friends she had reconnected with via the Facebook community. She was a larger-than-life presence and she will be missed by all that knew her.
Married since June 11, 1966 to John Francis Crofts of North Adams, Mass., Cheryl worked part-time over the years, however, her favorite job was being a stay-at-home mom to her two boys, James and Jeffrey. Her husband’s career took her away from the Berkshires, and she moved to the eastern part of Massachusetts, living in Milford for several years before returning, this time making her home in Washington, Mass., atop Washington Mountain Road.
After the boys graduated from high school, John’s next job opportunity took them to Beach, Fla., and then lastly, Washington D.C. They resided in Warrenton, Virginia where they remained after he retired because she loved the Northern Virginia climate and beauty.
Cheryl excelled at being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and baker, and she enjoyed doing both. She spent many happy hours in the kitchen, where her home cooking and hospitality will surely be missed! She passed many of her best recipes along to her son, Jeffrey and granddaughter Abigail (12), who enjoy her passion for cooking and entertaining. She looked forward to visits from her son, James, and would always spoil him by making all his favorites.
She was an animal lover with a huge heart and had several dogs and cats during her lifetime. She was very fond of the Shih Tzu breed, having had seven of them over the years. She will be particularly missed by the last two members of her family; her beloved Mickey and Lucy.
Cheryl shared her compassion for animals with her grandson, Alexander (7), who was very proud of his “Grammy” for taking such good care of her “pups,” especially Lucy, who was already blind when she adopted her from the shelter.
Cheryl was very proud of both of her sons and their achievements, but her grandchildren were the light of her life. She always found just the right card to send and chose the most special and thoughtful gift to let them know that the distance between them didn’t matter, they were always and forever in her heart. Celebrating Grammy’s 73rd birthday in Virginia in August was a highlight for everyone and one we won’t soon forget.
An avid baseball fan for her entire life, Cheryl’s fondness for the Washington Nationals grew while living in Virginia. She and her husband, John enjoyed many evenings watching and discussing baseball. Although she still had a soft spot for the Red Sox of her youth, she was really an ardent follower of the Washington Nationals and was ecstatic when she was able to see them win the World Series this year!
Along with her husband, John, of Warrenton, Cheryl also leaves their two cherished sons, James Joseph Crofts of Atlanta and Jeffrey John Crofts, his wife Karen, and their two children, Abigail and Alexander, of Pittsfield, Mass. She also leaves her sisters, Brenda Philips of Georgia, Pamela Merlet of Nevada, Priscilla Lasch of Arizona and Dawn Merlet of Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Cheryl’s life will be held at a later date in the Berkshires where, she grew up, so that her many friends and family will have a chance to honor and recognize the special woman that she was.
Should you wish to donate, Cheryl’s favorite charity was the Homeless Animals Rescue Team
. Please, specify the donation is in Cheryl’s memory.
Inquiries regarding the Cheryl’s celebration of life in Spring/Summer 2020, may be made to her daughter-in-law, Karen Crofts via Facebook Messenger.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.moserfuneralhome.com