Cherie La Pelusa, wife of Bayonne councilman passes away from COVID-19

Cherie La Peulsa was showing signs of improvement for 10 days prior to her death

Another prominent member of the Bayonne community has died due to the coronavirus.

Cherie La Pelusa, wife of 3rd Ward City Councilman and Manager of Hudson County Parks and Grounds Gary La Pelusa, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

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According to Gary La Pelusa, Cherie had been showing steady improvement for more than 10 days before taking a turn for the worse.

“I feel like I lost my right arm, my wife of 28 years,” La Pelusa said. “The level of hurt that me and my family feel is immeasurable. Please pray for her soul.”

Cherie was an vocal member of the community, much like her husband. In her final social media post, Cherie shared a “powerful” prayer with the community.

“Heavenly Father, please walk through my house. I give you the keys to every room. Take away all my worries, any illnesses, anything that may have entered that does not belong,” Cherie wrote. “Please watch over and assign your warrior angels to stand guard, and heal my family from any disease, pain, fatigue, or discomfort. Also comfort my friends, neighbors & relatives, wrap them in your love, and protect us from the COVID virus, in Jesus’s most powerful and precious Name. Amen.”

Prominent in the community

Cherie was a Bayonne native, born and raised here, graduating from Bayonne High School in 1984.

Cherie became a co-owner of Gary La Pelusa Landscaping alongside her husband Gary in 1989. She also ran the Gary La Pelusa Association, a political organization created “to inform the public, help create a better quality of life, and help others in need while recognizing those deserving individuals for their dedication and hard work in our community.”

The organization donates to food and toy drives and hosts dinners honoring individuals who help make the Bayonne community a better place, according to the Gary La Pelusa Association.

Cherie is survived by her husband Gary, her daughter Jennifer, and sons David and Gary La Pelusa, Jr.

Cherie La Pelusa is the third renowned member of the Bayonne community to pass away from COVID-19. Prominent pastor from Friendship Baptist Church Rev. H. Gene Sykes and beloved city employee Maureen Ciolek have died from the virus.

As of April 29, 51 residents have passed away from COVID-19 in the city, and 647 residents have tested positive for the virus. However, many residents are recovering. According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, 175 residents have recovered and been cleared of the virus per CDC protocols.

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