Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

Heavens and angels sang on February 11, 1962 as a beautiful gleam of light transcended in a  little room at Knud Hansen Memorial Hospital on St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands with the arrival of a special treasure.  This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, our treasure Chermaine Joseph-Quetel. 

Sadly, on October 29, 2006 thoughtful, caring, selfless, courageous, dedicated, amicable, jovial and optimistic Chermaine was patrolling the metro rail area where she worked for many years, and was fatally shot to death in the line of duty by someone who knew her not. He knew not her kindness, not her heart, not her spirit, not her laughter, not her smile; he knew not her love.  That love which will carry on for generations to come.  Chermaine was a wife, a mother to five, a grandmother to four, a daughter, a grand-daughter, a sister, niece.  She was a friend, a co-worker, and yes, and office of the law.  Chermaine Joseph-Quetel was love, life, laughter, generous, and kind!  Though she will be dearly missed, may her soul rest in peace.




On the one year anniversary of the death of Chermaine Joseph-Quetel, we remember her courage and honor her service.

Though we still grieve over our beloved Chermaine's untimely death, the Family would like to thank both organizations for such a wonderful Memorial Service on Tuesday, October 30th at the Martin Luther King Jr. Rail Station at NW 27th Ave and 62nd St.  Chermaine deserves all the recognition for her service not only to her community, but to her family.  She was very loved and is missed dearly.  Though many could not attend, we know she is in the heavens smiling.  We pray to the Lord, all King of Kings that Justice will prevail and a difference shall be made in the lives of her family.

If We Could Bring YOU Back Again

If we could bring you back again,
For one more hour or day,
We’d express all our unspoken love;
We’d have countless things to say.

If we could bring you back again,
We’d say we treasured you,
And that your presence in our lives
Meant more than we ever knew.

If we could bring you back again,
To tell you what we should,
You’d know how much we miss you now,
And if we could, we would.
By Joanna Fuchs 

A Better Place

She’s in a better place right now
Than she’s ever been before;
All pain is gone; she’s now at rest;
Nothing troubles her anymore.

It’s we who feel the burden of
Our sadness and our grief;.
We have to cry, to mourn our loss,
Before we get relief.

We know we’ll reconnect with her
At the end of each life’s road;
We’ll see her cherished face again
When we release our earthly load.
By Joanna Fuchs

Tributes and Condolences
Still missing you   / Shon Simpkins (Co worker )
Its makes me angry when I think about. We lost a good sister. I hope big Q and the rest of the family are doing alright.
Missing You   / Alena Brathwaite (Cousin)
Who would have known that you had to go so suddenly and so fast. How could it be that sweet memories would be all that we'd have left. But now that your gone everyday we go on but life's just not the same. We're so empty inside and the tears we cant ...  Continue >>
None  / Edward Quetel (Son)
I Miss You
My Friend Charmaine   / Joseph K. Beard (Co Worker )
First I want to say I thought about Charmaine today 12/07/2009 she often comes across my mind.  We worked together for almost 2 years at MLK Station.  She was one of the first people I met when I started in 2003.  She was warm friendly...  Continue >>
R.I.P. AUNTY   / Lynesha Joseph (Niece)
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your pictures in a frame.

Your memo...  Continue >>
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY"  / Laurel Joseph-Lewis (Sister)    Read >>
2 YRS & STILL MISSING YOU  / Lynesha Joseph (Niece)    Read >>
thank you  / Charisse Quetel (step-daughter)    Read >>
Loving Memories of my Beautiful SISTER  / Laurel Joseph-Lewis (SISTER)    Read >>
Still Missing You  / Lynesha Joseph (Niece)    Read >>
Mommy a whole year!  / Nioka Vessup Blaize (Neice/Daughter)    Read >>
Missin You  / Alika Brathwaite (Cousin (Niece) )    Read >>
Missing U still  / Kimra Philpott (God-Daughter)    Read >>
MY ANGEL SISTER  / Laurel Joseph-Lewis (Sister)    Read >>
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Her legacy

Chermaine obtained her primary educational background at Tutu School (currently known as Joseph Gomez Elementary School) where she found her love in music and became a member of the Tutu School Xylophone Band and a member of the school's first steel band program. Of her many primary elementary school courses, Chermaine loved spending most of her time at the sewing machine or around the kitchen cooking up a new batch of this or that. She loved explorying new recipes or re-designing parttersn already pre-cut by "Simplicity" or "Buttericks". Though some of the changes she made to the sewing pattersn brought on various challenges, Chermaine was not deterred and faced each one head on.

After being promoted through primary school and onto junior high school, she attended classes at the Nazareth Bay High school (now known as Ivanna Eudora KEan High School). An active youth within the community participating in majorettes, and softball. The glowing smile upon her face, displaying deep dimples, could be seen from afar when she struck out the opposing team players. Those who remember her would know that she of course was the pitcher and catcher because of her versatility.

In 1976, Chermaine and several family members relocated to New York City where she continued and completed her senior education at Walton High School in Bronx. As a Walton High School student, Chermaine in addition to the basic courses, took concentrated classes for nursing and bookkeeping for which she received numerous awards. She obtained her high school diploma from Walton High in 1980. Chermaine held various jobs while residing in New York City before returning to ST. Thomas, USVI, where she worked as an Emergency Room Unit Secretary at the ST. Thomas Hospital (now known as the Roy L. Schneider Hospital).

Wanting to be more of an asset to the community, and feeling as though she was not providing any value added experience while working at the hospital, Chermaine chose a more challenging line of work as she decided to join the Virgin Islands Police Department in 1992. Upon graduation from the VIPD, she was placed in several zones. However, because of her love for her children and her desire to be a community asset, Chermaine was transferred to the Crime Prevention Bureau of the Virgin Islands where she worked in the Police Athletic League (PAL) and Neighborhood Crime Prevention programs. Being apart of the many organizational programs and functions, Chermaine was able to prepare the youths for a better tomorrow, as she continued to cook for them and share her love. Trust, she loved to cook, and whatever she did cook she shared indeed.

After 9 years of service, Chermaine resigned her position and relocated to Miami, Florida with her husband and children. Once settled in Miami, Chermaine felt the need to be an asset to the community in her desire to help serve and protect. Therefore, Chermaine obtained a job from Alanis Security Agency as a Armed Security Officer for hte Miami-Dade Metro Rail where she was a dedicated employee and well-respected member of the community for 5 long years. Many of the patrons of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King railway station had nothing but absolute praise and thanks giving to her for all her years and hours of hard work, genorosity and unspeakable kindness. She would tie a tie for the person on his way to an interview; she would leave work exhausted, but mindful enough to stop on her way home to purchase a little something for some of the metro riders who could not afford to get Christmas gifts for their children. She would also bring an additional bowl of food for that one or two persons looking a little worst for wear. That is why anyone who knew her well, knew she had an affect on her family, friends and her community and it was not just her smile.

Sadly, on October 29, 2006 thoughful, caring, selfless, courageous, dedicated, amicable, jovial and optomistic Chermaine was patrolling the metro rail area where she worked for many years, and was fatally shot to death in the line of duty by someone who knew her not. He knew not her kindness, not her heart, not her spirity, not her laughter, not her smile; he knew not her love. That love which will carry on for generations to come. Chermaine was a wife, a mother to five, a grandmother to four, a daugter, a grand-daughter, a sister, niece. She was a friend, a co-worker, and yes, and office of the law. Chermaine Joseph-Quetel was love, life, laughter, generous, and kind! Though she will be dearly missed, may her soul rest in peace.

After They Are Gone

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let's draw together to recuperate,
As we go throught this period of sorrow;
Let's help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.
By Joanna Fuchs

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