Cherie Lynn (Sestito) Prude
November 5, 1974 - March 17, 2024

Cherie Lynn (Sestito) Prude, born on November 5, 1974, in New London, CT, passed away on March 17, 2024, in Wilmington, NC on her way to work, at the young age of 49. Cherie’s life was full of love, laughter and adventure.

After high school, Cherie went on to obtain her Associate’s degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from Wilmington Community College. From a child, she always excelled at spelling, to the point of correcting her teacher’s misspelled words.

She worked at the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant but her main role she treasured most was being Mom to the real loves of her life, Devan Sestito and Ethan Prude. They will both miss her and the light that she brought into their lives.

She had a passion for road trips and music, especially the Grateful Dead. If the right wind blew, she was ready to hit the road and meet up with friends. The past few years, she discovered a passion for baking and loved to share her homemade goodies with her family and friends. Cherie embraced her Roman Catholic faith which gave her guidance and solace throughout her life.

Although Cherie was a loving mother of two, she had room in her heart for more than just her family. She saw beauty in everyone and everything. She had a gift for helping people and her gentle, beautiful spirit drew people to her. If you were a misfit, old or handicapped, she loved you even more.

In addition to her two boys, Cherie will be deeply missed by her husband, Jay Prude; father Frank Sestito, Sr. and “Mama Beti” (Elizabeth Nunes); mother, Barbara Ann Gernhard; brother, Patrick Mulcahy of Ledyard, CT; nephew, Michael Mulcahy, niece, Ryleigh Mulcahy; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Sestito, Jr. and her mother in-law, Catherine (Dempsey) Tonucci.

Services for Cherie will be private and held at a later date, with details to be announced by the family.

If she could leave you with two quotes that she framed her life’s motto around it’d be “Everyone deserves a second chance” and “I know I am not perfect and I do not claim, to be but before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”-Bob Marley.

In the hearts of those who loved her, Cherie’s memory will forever remain as a beacon of light and hope. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and unwavering faith. May her spirit find peace and may her memory continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

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Coastal Cremations of Wilmington is serving the family.


  • Savannah Posted March 26, 2024 8:47 am

    Cherie, You will be missed. It was a pleasure getting to live with you,and growing with you💕.
    I’m going to miss your delicious cookies and your quirky jokes. You were always so easy to talk to whenever I needed a friend. I miss you dearly.

  • Beth Posted March 26, 2024 10:02 am

    Cherie, You will be deeply missed by all. You had a kind and gentle soul. I’m glad I got to know you.

  • Tara Posted March 26, 2024 10:03 am

    Cherie, you are missed dearly! I’m so glad that I got to know you. Going to miss our talks and jokes.

  • Mary Gernhard Posted March 26, 2024 7:08 pm

    The hearing of Cherie’s passing saddened us beyond belief. We are so sorry for your loss. Cherie was such a fun and caring niece. I remember having her over with one of my cousins and spending the day at Gillette Castle. What a great time with great memories! We can’t express enough how sad we are . Please find comfort in knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. With Deepest Regrets, David and Mary”

  • Adrian Posted March 27, 2024 10:17 am

    Cherie our boys had some fun times back in the day, we did the single mom thing together. I remember sharing dinners and having lots of laughs. Your light shone bright. I wish you and your family peace through the healing process.

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