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Riewerts Memorial Home
Friday December 27th, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Friday December 27th, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Cheryl D. Porter

Cheryl D Porter Garofalo, 75, of Ridgefield Park and Bergenfield NJ, passed on December 21, 2019.  She was an ACBL Sapphire level lifemaster bridge player and former National champion. She was an instructor and long time Director at Glen Rock Bridge Center in Maywood.  She was predeceased by her parents Herbert W.H. Dankert and Mary Ruth Dankert (Geise) and husband Robert Garofalo. Previously married to Robert Porter of Bergenfield. She is survived by her son David Porter of Bergenfield, NJ, his wife Ellen and her granddaughter Kayla, siblings Barbara Orsak of Wichita, KS, Beth Sattes and her husband Lyle of Charleston, WV and Herb Dankert and wife Janet of Springfield. MO. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. She was a 1966 graduate of Wittenberg University majoring in music theory and was an outstanding classical pianist.  She was also a long time President of the board of the Bergenfield Free Public Library and former President of the Bergenfield Junior Womans Club. Viewing will be Friday December 27, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Riewerts Memorial home, 187 So. Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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I remember babysitting for David as wee tot. Cheryl was an amazing mom, I am so sorry to hear she gas passed. May she rest in peace. Prayers and blessings to her family and friends.

Susan Vilardi Dec 29 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl was a dear soul. She was one of the first Directors to befriend us in the many bridge tournaments that we started to play. She was always encouraging, friendly, helpful, and easy to talk to. Over the years we found her to be smart, tough, and insightful. She was able to bring a smile to your face with her sense of humor, even if you were upset. She will be missed by us, and many more, and will leave a giant hole in the community that won't be easily filled.

Paula and Bruce Esposito Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl will be missed! She was my go-to person for all my beginner bridge questions.

Julie Tiso Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

I was so very sad to hear about Cheryl's passing. I will miss seeing her at Glen Rock Bridge Club!

Elaine Haspel Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl was inspiration at the bridge table. Always had a smile on her face and ready to provide guidance on a question about bidding. She will be dearly missed!

Lori Oliff Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl came to be a friend to us and the bridge players she freely helped to play better and her skill at making the games fun and competitive. May she find a great partner where she a gone !

Evelyn and Dale Knueppel Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

So saddened to learn of Cheryls passing She will be missed at Glen Rock Bridge Club.

Ilene and Phil Needle Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl was a gem of a person and bridge teacher. As s beginner, I always felt patiently supported by her caring comments and sense of humor. My condolences to her family and friends, who will undoubtedly miss her dearly. Marsha K. Ontell

Marsha K. Ontell Dec 24 2019 12:00 AM

Cheryl will be sorely missed by all who knew her. It was my pleasure to know her. I will always be appreciative of the assistance and kindness she gave to me in my pursuit to learn the game of Bridge.

Eileen McGrory Dec 23 2019 12:00 AM