Cheryl F. (Choo-Hum) Yong

  • Born: March 16, 1950
  • Died: January 7, 2021
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Cheryl by adding your memories and photos.

Cheryl F. (Choo-Hum) Yong, 70, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 7, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Gregory A. Yong for 42 years. Daughter of the late Robert and Celestine (Serrao) Choo-Hum, she was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. She resided in Stoughton since 1986. Cheryl was a homemaker. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, Cheryl is survived by her children, Nicole S. Yong of Easton, Christopher A. Yong and his wife Alissa and Mark A. Yong and his wife Theeda all of Stoughton as well as her grandchildren, Alexa, Alina, Caleb and Luna Yong. She was the sister of Jennifer Lee of Miami, FL, Margo Singh of Georgetown, Guyana and Michael Choo-Hum and Brian Choo-Hum both of Toronto, Canada. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services are private. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Stoughton. Donations in Cheryl's memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was saddened to learn of Cheryl’s passing. Cheryl will always be remembered for her caring, compassionare and friendly demeanour. What a homemaker she was and one who cherished family values.! I first met Cheryl at the a bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto where we both worked - she being my Supervisor. I have pleasant memories of Cheryl, one which always stands out is the time she took to teach me some of her baking skills and shared her recipes with me. To Greg and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. If it is any consolation to you, reflect on the beautiful memories she has left behind and it will bring you peace and comfort. May she Rest In Peace forever.

Posted by Janys Tavares - Friend   January 19, 2021

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For all of us you gave your best, now the time has come for you to rest. So go in peace, you've earned your sleep, your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.

Posted by Michael & Mary-Lou Choo-Hum & family - Ontario, Canada - Brother   January 14, 2021

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My memories of my beloved aunt and Godmother will forever fill our hearts. We were blessed to have had you in our lives. Your loving, caring and deep sense of family were your hallmarks. Thank you my dearest Aunty Cheryl for being part of our lives. May you rest easy... the heavens will shine a little brighter to have you now in their presence.
With love,
Sharon, Patrick, Michael, Pascal and Gabrielle

Posted by Sharon Lee Brun - Haïti - Family   January 14, 2021

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Words can never be sufficient to express the loss of our dearest aunty Cheryl. Rather than reflect on her passing, I would rather give thanks for her life and her presence in my life. She was my beloved god mother and aunt. In my early life, aunty Cheryl played a pivotal role as as she helped raise,care and nurture me. As an adult, my aunt continued to share that loving tenderness and care to my children. Although we lived in different countries, our love for each other continued. You were and will always be in our hearts aunty Cheryl. We were blessed to have you in our lives. Your memory will forever stay with us and we shall never forget the bright light and figure which embodied love, principles, caring and family. may you Rest In Peace. We love you forever.
Sharon, Patrick, Michael, Pascal and Gabrielle

Posted by Sharon Lee Brun - Haïti - Family   January 14, 2021

A Cherished Aunt who always found joy in everyone's happiness. Aunty Cheryl has touched all of our lives deeply. Though you have left us in this bodily world, your spirit lives and you remain with us ever present in our hearts. Uncle Greg, Nicole, Chris and Mark, you are her loving angels, being with her until her last breath. The days ahead will not be easy but you should take comfort that Aunty Cheryl is in a better place now, free of all ailments.

May the holy father accept her into his loving embrace and may she find eternal peace

Posted by Justin Singh - Georgetown - Family   January 14, 2021

From Justin (part1)

Saying farewell to Aunty Cheryl is difficult.

My Aunt was present for many milestones in my life. As I arrived in this world, she dropped everything and travelled into a UK winter to help Mom. Obviously, I was too young to remember any of this but I've seen pictures in Aunty Cheryl wielding me around in a stroller. I've been told stories that she was readily mistaken as my mother and that always makes me smile. She indeed loved me as her son. As a child, she took me on frequent excursions to Guyana Stores and fogarties. Visits to cafeteria which served up what I remember as most delicious cheese pies and milk shakes were a must on these jaunts. I recall that on one of these trips, she defended me tooth and nail from a would-be choke and robber who tried desperately to remove my ID band which was the only piece of jewellery I would wear. We arrived home band too, and she more concerned about my bleeding wrist than her own injuries from that encounter.

Birthday parties were always memorable events because she made them so. Decorations and catering were Aunty Cheryl. I can remember channa cones and cheese straws being features on the menu. On at least one of those occasions, Uncle Brian played the part of Santa Claus. Our neighbors were like family and those parties were filled with kids from the neighborhood. Aunty Cheryl loved caring for children and her affection extended well beyond our immediate family. Like Gran who inherited many grandchildren, she was Aunty Cheryl to all of these kids.

Posted by Justin Singh - Georgetown - Family   January 14, 2021

Heaven received another beautiful soul. Rest peacefully, you will forever be in our thoughts.

Posted by Nicholas Lee - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Family   January 13, 2021

In memory of my beautiful sister-in-law Cheryl. I am not saying goodbye or farewell instead will say "A life that touches others, goes on forever". You lived your life as a precious gift of hope, strength and grace which have made our world brighter in so many ways. For me, your passing has become a legacy of joy, pride and pleasure to all your family and friends. A living, lasting memory we will always treasure in our hearts. Continue to sleep with the angels!

Posted by Sharon Choo-Hum - Toronto, Canada - Family   January 13, 2021

Sincere Condolences to Greg and his family, and Cheryl's sisters and brothers and their respective families. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Errol and Evelyn Cheong - Georgetown, Guyana - Family Friend   January 13, 2021

Greg, Nicole, Chris and Mark, a very Loving and Beautiful Family.
Through Love you will remember Special Times and Shared Memories.
Cheryl was a very Gentle and Kind Lady.
Friendship of The Heart, Much Love
Donna and Tom Pecora

Posted by Donna Pecora - Stoughton, MA - Friend   January 13, 2021

My sincere condolences to Gregory and family.
May Cheryl's soul Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Posted by Sandra Blair - Charlotte, NC - friend   January 13, 2021

A most beloved Aunt whose love and nurture helped to cement the foundation of my childhood. You will always be missed and never forgotten. I carry you in my heart and pray you are at peace now.

Posted by Karen Lee-Ishmael - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Family   January 13, 2021

God heard Cheryl and in His Infinite Mercy answered her call. I believe that He will grant her eternal rest and peace in His loving presence.
To Greg, Nicole, Christopher, Mark, and all of the families, there are no words to express my deep sorrow. My thanks and love to you for the joy provided during her lifetime. The Yong family remains in my heart with love and prayers.

Posted by Jenifer Lee - Miami, FL - Sister   January 13, 2021

Farewell my sister. I grieve at your passing, and wish I could have assisted you more during your final days in this world. May the next phase of your journey be easier for you.

Posted by Brian Choo-Hum - Scarborough - Brother   January 13, 2021

To Greg, Nicole, Chris and Mark, please accept our sincere condolences on Cheryl's passing. May Almighty God accept all her endless good deeds and great works to humanity and may all of Almighty God's choicest blessing be showered upon her in the hereafter. We also pray that you as family be given great patience and fortitude during this difficult period. Cheryl will always be remembered as a gentle, caring, strong and cheerful person. Greg, we fondly remember those early days in Guyana and your early period in Toronto and we will always cherish her natural instinct to be most helpful and encouraging in all of our pursuits. May she rest in eternal peace and we are indeed sorry that COVID 19 conditions preclude us from being there. Your grieving friends Kameni and Winston Kassim... Toronto.

Posted by Kameni & Winston Kassim and family - Toronto - Family Friend   January 12, 2021

With Heart Felt Condolences from Our Family in Canada RIP Cheryl

Posted by Desiree Serrao - Family   January 12, 2021

Gregory
My deepest condolences on the loss of your life partner. My memories go back to the good old days at Barclays as well as Scotiabank. May God hold Cheryl in the shelter of his arms.

Posted by Desiree Murray - Friend   January 11, 2021

Cheryl will reside in my heart forever. It's hard to explain how lucky we were to come upon her in our lives by chance. She because a lifeline, a confidante, and a substitute Mom when I needed one. She influenced who my son is even today 10 years later and will never know how much I appreciated her. You will always be remembered Cheryl, and I hope your family finds solace in knowing how lucky they were to be blessed with you in their lives. Rest In Peace sweet angel.

Posted by Amy Raymond - Sharon, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

We wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Cheryl.

Posted by Robert and Ann Persaud - High Point, NC - Friend   January 11, 2021

Greg, Nicole, Chris and Mark,
We have such fond memories of Cheryl. She was a beautiful, kind, strong and caring woman. She certainly led a life well-lived. We are happy that our paths crossed. May your happy memories comfort you. God Bless you all.
Stephen and Barbie Smith

Posted by Barbara Smith - Harwich Port, MA - Friend   January 11, 2021

Cheryl was an amazing, caring, and beautiful soul. Although my father has signed this book on behalf of my family already, I felt necessary to write my own dedication as well.

My family was fortunate enough to have been few houses down from Cheryl and her family since they moved to Stoughton in the 90s and had my brother and I. Cheryl took care of me starting when I was a few months old, up until I was able to head to kindergarten. Although my parents are obviously to recognize for my upbringing, I also strongly attribute a good chunk of my prime developmental ages to Cheryl. She was dedicated in providing love, comfort, and protection to young children for families in a home setting that you definitely don't see as much of now a days, nor could anyone really compare. She was also a teacher. Boy, was she a teacher! I'll never forget how big she was on manners, respect, and being kind. Her affect on my early ages will forever last in my heart, and I only hope I can pass on some of her knowledge to my children. I ended up in the childcare field, and I often catch myself thinking of her when interacting with some of the younger ages. She treated every child that walked into her house as her own, and I am so grateful I got to experience that.

Even as I got older, I was always welcomed to stop and say hello, and sometimes even help with her current kids being proud that I used to be one of them!

There will never be a woman like Cheryl. Her memory and legacy will always live on. To the Yong family- I am sending you all my love and strength. I know none of you doubt for a minute the astounding woman she really was.

Love, strength, and hugs-
Ashley Gibson

Posted by Ashley Gibson - Stoughton, MA - Neighbor   January 10, 2021

George and I are very saddened by this news. We reminisced of all the great memories we shared with Cheryl and Gregory in our youth. Many many parties, Boxing Day and old Year’s night ending up at someone’s house for breakfast on New Year’s Day. We extend our condolences to the entire family and for myself to my good friends Michael and Brian. We grieve with you.

Posted by Donna Carr - Friend   January 09, 2021

To the yong family we are very sorry for your loss cheryl was an incredible women with such a kind heart. my wife and are forever great full for the care that she gave our children when they were babies. Our deepest sympathy david,michele,ashley and jonathan gibson.

Posted by david gibson - STOUGHTON, MA - Neighbor   January 09, 2021

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. You will always be in our hearts

Posted by Wayne, Susan, Jason and Jessica Laferte - Stoughton, MA - neighbor   January 09, 2021

From Margo (Part 2): Cheryl chose to make day care for kids her vocation when her own children grew a bit older. She was like a good shepherd for babies and toddlers whose parents were mostly Stoughton school teachers desirous of a safe, nurturing environment for their precious jewels until they reached nursery school age. And my sister certainly nurtured those teeny, tiny tots as lovingly as she did her own three children. Sadly, caring for her grandchildren was attenuated by emerging health issues. And that was incredibly wrenching for Cheryl.

When I lived in New York City, Cheryl and I spoke every night without failure. She helped asked my transition from small island living to the big city ways. I recall calling her excitedly one night to tell her that in my mailbox, I had found a missive telling me that I was selected to win a million dollars. I was still new to the wiles of the big city and so, my loving sister gently burst the bubble by letting me know of such scams. I will forever miss her guidance and loving ways.

Sleep on my beloved sister. You gave of yourself unstintingly and without seeking anything in return. It was as if you had an endless store of love and caring that you would tap into every time. Your net worth was never in tangible assets. Rather, you immense worth was in something far more precious that no money can buy.

God bless you abundantly. May angels receive you into the heavenly kingdom and May our Lord and Savoiur greet you with Welcome home, my good and faithful servant. My sister you are gone from me and I am left with a breaking heart. You will always be in my heart.

Posted by Margo Singh - Georgetown, Guyana - Sister   January 09, 2021

From Margo (Part 1): My sister Cheryl was a phenomenal woman. Those pursed lips signaled steely determination and the lips could just so easily part into a winning smile and chuckle.

Diminutive in size, but a woman of towering strength and a life-long passion for service to others. She was truly one of a kind. Dance competition mom, soccer mom, football mom, karate mom, scout mom, teacher of RCIA in Stoughton, faithful worker of the Sacred Heart church in Georgetown, supporter is St.Ann's girls orphanage in Georgetown, and much, much more. She worshipped at the Immaculate Conception church and the 7am mass was her preference every Sunday. We were always early ...she and her husband Greg would walk quietly up the center aisle to the very first pew on the left to take their seats right up close to the priest and the altar. That way, the scriptural message of the day a.ways seemed very personal. I accompanied whenever I was in Stoughton. Several years ago mobility challenges made it difficult for her to attend mass

Cheryl loved the singing too. She was blessed with a pleasing, lilting tenor voice. I on the other hand cannot carry a note though I still sang. As youthful teenagers, Cheryl and I each had Hohner melodicas. Hers was soprano with 2 octaves. Mine was alto. We were self taught but Cheryl could blow that melodica and make lovely music at school and sometimes she was invited to play along at the nearby Unity House.

My sister's nurturing instincts extended well beyond her immediate family to our mother, her mother-in-law, sibling, nieces, nephews, and their families. She could be counted on for her annual donations to various charities and the Christmas gifting tree sponsored by the Immaculate Conception church in Stoughton. She always took two or three Christmas wish lists from the tree.

Posted by Margo Singh - Georgetown, Guyana - Sister   January 09, 2021

Greg, Nicole, Chris and Mark - Our condolences on your loss, Cheryl was a wonderful women. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by John & Barbara Anzivino - Stoughton, MA - Friend   January 08, 2021


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