Cheryl Ann Boli of East Falmouth, who for 15 years offered comfort and care to many students at Morse Pond School and East Falmouth Elementary School in her role as school nurse, died at home August 18 after a battle with cancer. She was 58.
She was the daughter of David and Thelma Nuttall of Taunton, the eldest of their six children. She earned high honors as a member of the Class of 1980 at Taunton High School. She then attended Northeastern University to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, cum laude.
Ms. Boli's career in healthcare led her to becoming nursing coordinator for the Falmouth Public Schools, and last year she was honored as its employee of the month and unsung hero for May 2019.
In an Enterprise article about the honor, Superintendent Lori S. Duerr said, “Cheryl is so knowledgeable, dedicated and kind to everyone, especially her students. She is very active in her school and the district. This year she was most helpful as a member on our districtwide anti-vaping committee. She shared great information about our students, symptoms and reactions, and resources for addressing this overwhelming epidemic.”
Joan M. Woodward, director of student services, said Ms. Boli is “a wonderful asset to the Falmouth Public School community. She brings her experience, knowledge and bright smile with her to work every day. We are extremely grateful to have Cheryl as a member of our team.”
During her years working with the 5th- and 6th-graders, Ms. Boli's dedication and knowledge earned her many accolades from parents and staff alike. She first worked at East Falmouth Elementary School for five years before coming to Morse Pond, she said in an interview at her office last May.
As the nursing coordinator for all seven public schools in town, Ms. Boli organized the district’s nursing program and regularly attended local, regional and state nurse leadership meetings; as another part of her work she coordinated and trained the school’s emergency medical response team, which might involve defibrillators or “Stop the Bleed” wound treatment. She said her favorite thing about working with students is that “every day is a different challenge.”
In addition to helping children, giving back to the community was important to Ms. Boli, and in 2005 she was thanked at the annual Volunteers in Public Schools, or VIPS, recognition dinner held at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Ms. Boli was recognized for the hours she contributed as a co-building coordinator managing the VIPS program at North Falmouth Elementary School.
In her spare time she enjoyed days at the beach, her book club and tennis.
A member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, her faith was important to her throughout her life.
She leaves her husband, Andrew M. Boli, and their three children, Courtney Boli, Allyson Boli and Drew Boli.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 28, at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Road in North Falmouth.
Burial is private.