Cynthia Teresa Sharkey, age 66, of Columbia City, IN, passed away at 6:56 pm on Friday December 27, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born on March 30, 1953 in Pittsburg, PA, she was the daughter of John and Thresa (Vodzak) Paunovich.
Cynthia attended Columbia City Joint High School and graduated with Class of 1972 and from Ivy Tech South Bend as an LPN in 1994. She worked as an LPN until her retirement in 2015.
Cynthia enjoyed collecting lighthouses, traveling, camping, bird watching, gardening, listening to music, watching old westerns, and especially spending time with her family. She also loved Chihuahuas and was an IOPO donor.
Survivors include her children Heather Reiff of Etna Green, Amy (Darin) Yoder of Syracuse,NY, Beth (Mike) Albert of Brandon, MS, and Carla (Ted) Penrod of Warsaw; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings Kevin (Kim) Paunovich of Surprise, AZ, and Patricia Trumbull and Stacey Paunovich, both of Markle. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frederic Sharkey, and sister Lois Jean Ogden.
Funeral services for Cynthia will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday ,January 3, 2020 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with calling one hour prior to service. Memorial contributions in memory of Cynthia may be made to her final expenses C/O DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family an online condolence.
Thank you everyone for the touching tributes. We appreciate all love , caring, & support.
May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
Cynthia Teresa Paunovich Sharkey, CCHS Alumni Class of 1971.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
to Cynthia's family.
So sorry we can’t be there with all of you but you are in our hearts We know Cindy is in heaven with everyone we love thinking of all of you
May Cindy Redt With God In Heaven
May Cindy Rest With God
Heather June so sorry for your loss Praying for you to have strength Love Uncle Barry And Aunt Kathy
Heather and family it is so sad to see the end of our long friendship Cindy. Was a remarkable person and a good friend . I will always have good memories of her so sorry for your losd
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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