Cheryl D. Krossa of Livermore, California died Jan. 25, after a yearlong battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma. She was 63.
Krossa was born in New York City on Feb. 10, 1954 to Bruce and Evelyn (Clarke) Delemos. She and her family moved to the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1969, where she graduated from high school in 1972. Krossa attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in special education in 1976. After teaching for several years in St. Thomas, she moved to San Francisco in 1982. In 1987, she married her husband, James (Jim) Krossa, and they moved to Livermore in 1991.
Krossa began working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1987. During her 30 years at LLNL, she held various positions in the Strategic Human Resources Management Directorate and obtained a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco in 1996. Her last position at LLNL was team lead for employee records, web design and support.
One of her proudest accomplishments while working at LLNL was when she had the honor of being the chairperson of the Women’s Technical Symposium in 2000. She worked tirelessly to update the symposium’s format and obtain high-level speakers. This symposium, titled “LLNL 2020: Women Forging the Future of Science and Technology,” included nationally-recognized speakers and received broad support and praise from both administrative and technical women at the Lab.
Krossa will be remembered for her wisdom, caring nature, irreverent sense of humor and love of life. She was an avid quilter. She also enjoyed traveling, cooking, dining out and spending time with family and friends.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jim; sister, Kim Delemos; other family members and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of Krossa’s life will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Larkspur Room of the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. in Livermore. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their memories about her.