Cheryl Rainey-Aranibar (Geier), 65, of Woodstock CT passed away on March 17, 2020 after a long illness. Cheri was born in Worcester, MA and raised in West Boylston. She received her BA from Worcester State and her master’s degree from Assumption College. Cheri dedicated much of her professional career advocating for the poor and disenfranchised first as director of Piedmont Neighborhood Opportunity Center, and later as Director of Service Coordination for The Caleb Group. Cheri wrote grants for numerous non-profit organizations and previously served on the boards for Habitat for Humanity, Spectrum House, and many others.
Cheri was a “people person” with a heart of gold who cared deeply about everyone around her, her dogs, and her work. As a mother, her children will tell you she encouraged them to work hard. Cheri could communicate volumes to her kids with just a raised brow. As a parent, she was most proud her daughter followed in her footsteps in social work after achieving her master’s and her son as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry. Both reside in Boston.
Cheri is survived by her partner Manny Aranibar, her son Daniel Lubin, daughter Nicollette Aranibar, granddaughters Sarah, Danielle, and Rachel, sisters Patricia and Paula, brother Rick, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to the Villages at Killingly through the Caleb Group at https://www.justgiving.com/thecalebgroupinc
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