Sheryl Ann Pacelli

August 10, 1950 - August 4, 2022
Sheryl Ann Pacelli

Sheryl Ann Pacelli, 71, passed away August 4, 2022, in Wilmington, NC. She was born to George and Kathryn (Glass) Scott on August 10, 1950, in Mishawaka, IN. She is predeceased by her parents.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 27 years, Tom Pacelli, and cousins: Lynne Futter, Mark Futter (Jan), Rick Futter (Barb), Marcia Futter, and Lisa Futter Lanham (Don).

Sheryl, known to many as “Scotty”, was a loving, caring and compassionate wife. She loved dogs and was mother to her 4 legged daughters, Honey and Reba Faye. Sheryl loved her family, being with her friends, going out to dinner, playing cards, going to movies and the theater, playing and teaching Mah Jongg, as well as teaching line-dance at two Wilmington Area Senior Centers. Sheryl loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was also content to stay home and spend time with her husband Tom.

For 26 years Sheryl was the Director of Mental Health at Coastal AHEC now known as the South Eastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). She was passionate about her job and her mission of providing continuing education programs for mental health professionals in Wilmington and surrounding counties.

Sheryl worked in the development, training and implementation of the ground-breaking Citizen Soldier pilot program, training medical professionals on the unique nature of the military experience. This program focused on how these experiences impacted the mental health of military personnel and their families to include assessing and identifying PTSD, clinical practice guidelines, and treatment interventions. It also provided medical personnel with a better understanding of, and how they could assist with, military health care coverage.

Sheryl was a very generous person, giving of her time and money to a variety of organizations. She volunteered at the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. Sheryl was strong, courageous, decisive, and positively impacted many lives. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 2:00 PM, at Wilmington Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403 910.791.9099

To honor Sheryl’s memory, a contribution to Canines for Service, 221-1 Old Dairy Road, Wilmington, NC 28405, or you can donate on their website, would be appreciated.

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  • August 08, 2022
    Russell Heiland says:
    Sheryl will remain in my heart as one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met. Her very presence truly made the world a better place.