Sheryll Lynn (Strobeck) LaPierre, 49, of Cadyville was granted rest on Wednesday March 16th 2016, after a spirited 2 year battle with cancer. She had the loving hands of family and friends upon her from her final admission to UVM in Burlington, VT through the completion of her journey days later, a mere reflection of the steadfast love she freely gave. The bounty of her gentle, nurturing and humorous spirit continued to flow even as she left those gathered in her presence.
Sheryll was born in Albany on November 27th 1966, but spent most of her upbringing in Keene. She was a member of Keene Central School’s class of ’84. She received her Associates Degree from Adirondack Community College, Bachelor’s from Potsdam State and Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2004. As she enthusiastically proceeded in her profession with Pyramids and later with North Country Kids, she quickly earned a permanent place in the hearts and homes of the families she served and as well as those she worked alongside. She loved her “kiddos” dearly and they were among her greatest sources of joy. She carried a special and easily recognizable place in her heart for those with Autism. She was so touched by them she wrote a book for them (as yet unpublished).
Sheryll had many passions in life and would strive to learn and then share. She loved wildlife and the great outdoors, including bird watching, wolves, dragonflies, kayaking, camping and a good bonfire complete with S’mores. She was a talented actress, participating in countless local theater productions in and around the Lake Placid area. She also loved to sing, whether it be a local karaoke bar or with The Sound of America Honor Band & Chorus European Concert Tour. She thoroughly enjoyed game nights with family and friends and having a good cup of coffee, which always tasted better with company.
Sheryll is survived by her deepest love of 20 years and cherished husband of 10, Daniel LaPierre. They married on May 6th 2006 and their life together has been a beautiful testimony of devotion and selflessness. Sheryll leaves behind her mother, Judith A. (Wagoner) Strobeck of Keene, NY who Sheryll loved purely from her deepest heart. A favorite nickname she had for Sheryll was “Sunshine”, a term of endearment Sheryll went on to share with those she adored. We are grateful to her for bringing us our treasured gift. Sheryll also leaves behind her devoted sister Theresa (Joseph) Martel, but not before providing enough joyful and downright hilarious moments to turn tears of sadness into the kind that run down your face and accompany a good laugh. She left so many of us with those. Also left behind are her Aunt Beverly (Steven) Schermerhorn of Wildwood FL and many cousins. Lastly, she leaves behind boundless groups of friends, especially her most longstanding and steadfast, Matthew Shanks and Kathryn Reiss.
Sheryll was predeceased by her father Ronald G. Strobeck, her grandparents Peter and Margaret Wagoner of York, ME., uncle Frederick Wagoner of Albany, NY , and aunt Laura (Wagoner) (Paul) Fortier of King George, VA.
The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Sheryll’s entire medical care team at UVM Medical Center in Burlington VT. They took tender loving care of her. She enjoyed the fun times they shared especially with anyone willing to speak to her in a British Accent, her personal favorite. She requested they know she said “Cheerio, it is time for my tea and crumpets”.
A celebration of Sheryll’s life will be held on Saturday April 2nd at 1:00 in the Blue Room at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, the same place Dan and Sheryll exchanged their vows nearly 10 years ago. It is located at 47 Woods Falls Road, in Altona, NY. The family invites you to stay for a light reception immediately following the service. Blue was Sheryll’s favorite color. We welcome this color as we honor her life well lived and since the datefalls on World Autism Awareness Day, something near and dear to her. It has been said that if you saw Sheryll you knew you were going to get a hug. Let’s keep that piece of heaven here on earth as we greet one another in honor of her beautiful spirit.
As an option to flowers, a GoFundMe page has been set up (
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
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