Cheryl A. Sencabaugh

January 6th, 2018

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.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Cheryl A. Sencabaugh”

  1. Rob LaVita says:

    Scott I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Frank West says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss

  3. Toni Pakus says:

    That is the most beautifully written and perfect commentary sharing the life of a woman who impacted so many of us! My prayers will continue to be with you! And I will always remember your little sweetheart.

  4. Judy O’Connell says:

    Dear Scott,

    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Cheryl. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.


  5. Arleen Schinke says:

    I live in Washington state and never officially met Cheryl, but I feel as though I knew her through my online relationship with Patti Sencabaugh, with lasted many, many years. I grew to know and love Patti’s family like my own over the years, and I deeply grieve for Scott and the rest of the family. My God help you to find paths to comfort and peace as Cheryl lives on in your memories. My heart breaks for you as I keep you in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers! Rest in peace Cheryl.

  6. Leasa Fluet says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time ??

  7. Peter Dolan says:

    January 7, 2018
    When Scott came into my/our life the true bonus was Cheryl as part of the Sencabaugh package. Our family just adored her and she will be missed beyond words. She was such a presence and larger than life. That is saying something as Cheryl was all of about four foot one! She was truly special, empathetic to all, and so strong when times were hard. Every life, especially four legged, was touched by her and she made a difference and will continue to.
    May you rest in peace my friend and know that we are here to take care of your precious Scott. That is our promise to you.

    Pete, Erin, Kyla, and Kira Dolan

  8. Mike O’Leary says:

    Thinking of Cheryl’s family and many friends during this difficult time.
    Scott, I have always envied and admired the connection you and Cheryl shared – I hope you can somehow find some peace through the heartbreak.

  9. Debi Ford(Jones) says:

    I am heartbroken for all who knew Cheryl. I worked with both of you many years ago at Bradlees. Cheryl and I would run into each other yearly at volunteer events for TJX. I always enjoyed reconnecting with her. She was truly an inspiration to all that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Lisa Betrovski says:

    Dear Scott, I am a wife of a TJX employee. I came to know Cheryl during her charity gatherings at Fenway. She was so sweet and caring. I loved her passion for gathering us all together for a wonderful cause. I could see her touching and impacting many lives. I was blessed to have met Cheryl.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. With heartfelt prayers, Lisa Betrovski

  11. McCue Family says:

    We are so deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Cheryl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  12. john crivelli says:

    scott, i am so sorry to hear of your loss. my prayers go out to you and your family. john

  13. Rosemarie Ward Tieri says:

    My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your wife.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    with sympathy,
    Rosemarie (BPD & NEMLEC)

  14. Krista Pagliarulo says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. You and your family will be in my thoughts!

  15. Corrine Gambell says:

    I was truly sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. Prayers go out to you and your family. She will be missed by all who knew her. Corrine

  16. Lori Allinder says:

    We are so sorry to read of the loss of your wife. She sounds like a very special woman. We will be thinking of and praying for you and your family.
    Lori & Richard Allinder

  17. Joanna Clayton says:

    Scott, there isn’t a word to express the sorrow I feel for the loss of your Cheryl. With the magic and love that was between the both of you, she will never be gone from your heart and the memories will last forever. Love you my friend.

  18. Terri Bowen Miner says:

    Dear Scott,
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife Cheryl…..please know you are in my thoughts and prayers…..

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