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Cheryl Cortesi Downey

FALLS VILLAGE — Cheryl Cortesi Downey, 77, a lifetime resident of Falls Village, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at Sharon Hospital. She was the loving wife of 41 years to her husband, Kevin Downey of Falls Village.

Born on July 28, 1945, in North Canaan, she was the daughter of the late Paul Cortesi and Amelia (Vassella) Cortesi Downey. Cheryl graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1963. She worked at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for several years as a secretary/receptionist.Prior to retiring, she worked at Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller for approximately 20 years.

Cheryl will be remembered for her sense of humor, quick wit, and her dogged determination. Throughout her life, she enjoyed gardening, challenging puzzles, and, in the most recent years, her daily scratch ticket. She was deeply loved, and will be missed tremendously.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kevin Downey, of Falls Village; her daughters, Carrie Feliciano (David), of Ware, Massachusetts; Christa Zucco (Joseph), of Falls Village; her son, Chad Olsen (Carrie), of Falls Village; her daughter, Kelly Friberg (Robert), of Webster, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Dr. Paul J. Cortesi III (Midge), of Torrington; and her sister, Elizabeth C. Knickerbocker (Ron), of Millbrook, New York.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the VFW in North Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 12:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department, 188 Route 7S, Falls Village, CT 06031 or The Little Guild, 285 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796.

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