Cindy Schwartz



From 1993 to 2011



Birth: Jul. 10, 1958, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA

Death: Jan. 18, 2011,Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas, USA

Cynthia "Cindy" Lynn Schwarz, age 52, of Osawatomie, Kansas, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Miami County Medical Center in Paola, Kansas.

Cindy was born July 10, 1958 at Dayton, Ohio. She was the older of two daughters of Fred J. and Donna (Winter) Schwarz. She graduated from Spencer, Iowa High School with the Class of 1976 where she participated in choir and intramural sports. Volleyball was her favorite high school sport. After high school, she attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and graduated from there in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education.

She taught art for kindergarten through 12th grades at Holbrook, Nebraska. She received her gifted endorsement in 1991 from the University of Nebraska. She began working for the East Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative and was given a position at the Osawatomie, Kansas USD #367 schools on August 17, 1992. She taught in the Osawatomie special education and gifted classrooms at Trojan Elementary, the Middle School and the High School.

Cindy's favorite pastime was reading. A trip to the bookstore was a highlight for her. She also had a great love for art and music. As a younger child Cindy enjoyed vacations with her family to the great lakes of Iowa. Since teaching in Kansas, she would travel back home to Iowa and California to see her family as much as she could during spring, summer, and winter breaks as well as holidays. She taught swim lessons at the YMCA and the city pool in Osawatomie. Cindy participated as a chaperone for a few of the Osawatomie High School junior trips to Washington DC and New York. She also helped transport students to Kansas City to earn money at various fund raisers for their junior trip.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa where she took part in the church choir during her high school years. She was also a member of the Kansas National Education Association. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award one year from the University of Kansas being nominated by honor students. She had also received Kansas Teacher of the Year Award for the 2007/2008 school year in Osawatomie. Cindy had a passion for teaching and loved her students.

She was preceded in death by her father who died December 23, 2002 and her sister Alisa Schwarz White who died January 15, 2001.

She is survived by her mother, Donna Schwarz of Spencer, Ia.; her niece, Erin White and her parents, Matt and Ann White of California; also two aunts: Frieda Craig of Sloan, Ia. and Marjorie (McIntyre) of Calif.; and many cousins, relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Presbyterian Church in Osawatomie, Kansas.

A second memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.

Memorials are to the Cindy Schwarz Scholarship Fund to be awarded to an Osawatomie High School graduate.

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