WILMINGTON, MA — Cheryl A. Sencabaugh (Bassing), age 49, of Dracut, MA, died on January 3, 2018, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a brief and unexpected illness.
Cheryl was born at the Union Hospital in Framingham, MA on July 30, 1968; she was the cherished daughter of Bud and Mary Bassing. Cheryl was raised and educated in Holliston, MA and was a graduate of Holliston High School.
Following High School, Cheryl embarked in a career in the retail industry. She worked for several retail stores including Bradlees and Marshalls before taking a position at the TJX Company in Framingham and Marlborough; where she worked for nearly 20 years. Cheryl loved her job as well as her co-workers; she always considered them her extended family. Cheryl worked at a few positions before taking her dream job as the Regional Loss Prevention Training Manager. Cheryl loved to help others in their field reach their potential; she was passionate about training others and was instrumental in helping them to develop their career goals.
Cheryl was also very involved in the TJX Company’s fundraising efforts; especially the Making Strides for Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Cheryl would spear head many events and was the team leader during their many cancer walks throughout the years. As a cancer survivor herself, these were events that were near and dear to her heart. Cheryl was not only involved in the fundraising, she also got involved with the patients to give them encouragement and strength during the darkest times of their lives.
While working at Bradlees Department Store, Cheryl met Scott Sencabaugh who would not only become her husband in May of 1999 but also her best friend and soul mate. Cheryl adored Scott and vice versa; the couple enjoyed hiking with their dog Jaxon, traveling, spending time in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, and “hanging out” with their family and many friends. Cheryl was known as the most “loving Auntie” who thoroughly enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews and visiting them as often as she could.
Cheryl was an AVID Boston sports fan who enjoyed the competition of Patriots fantasy football or taking in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park with her family and friends; everyone had a great time with Cheryl she was a lot of fun to be around.
Cheryl not only loved to help people as often as she could, but she had a passion for helping animals and she rescued as many as she could; adopting 5 cats and one dog throughout the years. Cheryl treated her animals with kindness, care, and love. They were her and Scott’s children and they brought her so much joy.
Cheryl will be remembered as “one of a kind”; she may have been small in stature, but she was large in personality and had a huge heart. Cheryl would go out of her way to do anything for anyone; she made everyone feel special and important in her life. Cheryl had the ability to touch your life whether you knew her for years or minutes; she was quite a lady who will forever be in the hearts and minds of those who loved her.
Cheryl was the beloved wife and best friend of Wilmington Police Lieutenant Scott A. Sencabaugh, cherished daughter of Bud and Mary (Ippolito) Bassing, dear sister of Craig Bassing & wife Maria Chen of Philadelphia, PA, Lauren Bassing & wife Jackie Gardina of Ventura, CA, and Kerry Pepe & husband Stephen. Loving “Auntie” of Madelyn & Ian Bassing, Jeremy & Greg Sencabaugh and Kaitlynne & Jason McKenna. Daughter-in-law of Donald & the late Patricia Sencabaugh of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Stephen & Denise Sencabaugh of Tewksbury, Kristen & Michael McKenna and Michael Sencabaugh all of Wilmington. Cheryl is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 9th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations in Cheryl’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Making Strides of Boston, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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