Ms. Cheryl E. Gannon, of Wrentham, passed away peacefully due to aspiration pneumonia on March 25, 2023 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was 71.
Born in Cambridge on November 1, 1951, Cheryl was a daughter of the late George F. and Marie E. (Lyons) Gannon. She had been a life-long resident at the Wrentham Developmental Center. Prior to that, she lived at the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham. Cheryl was born with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare birth defect that caused a profound intellectual disability.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two brothers, the late George Gannon and Philip Gannon.
Cheryl is survived by her sister Carole Gannon who is also a resident at the Wrentham Developmental Center; and her nephews, niece and many cousins. Cheryl’s first cousins have served as her guardians: Constance Castelline had been her primary guardian for over 30 years with strong support for all the years of guardianship from Ellen Fraumeni, who is Carole Gannon’s guardian. Mary Hansberry McCarthy joined as a co-guardian in 2010.
Family and friends will honor and remember Cheryl’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), on Thursday, March 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wrentham Developmental Center, Special Gift Fund in Memory of Cheryl E. Gannon , P.O. Box 144, Wrentham, Massachusetts 02093