CYNTHIA ELAINE SVENDSENCynthia Elaine Svendsen, 63, died Aug.25, 2013 at Solvay Hospice House after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Cynthia Elaine Svendsen, 63, died Aug. 25, 2013 at Solvay Hospice House after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Her husband, Dan and son, Carl were by her side.
Cyndy, the oldest daughter of Dr. David M. and Florence (Olson) Pierce, was born May 18, 1950 in Spokane, Wash.
A self described "Air Force Brat", Cyndy lived all over the United States, including Hawaii, before her family settled in the Iowa City, Iowa area in 1965.
She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, before marrying Daniel L. Svendsen on Halloween, 1970. They moved to the Duluth area in 1974. She finished her studies in sociology and education, earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Superior.
She used her schooling to become an active advocate for improved childhood education. She founded and chaired the original citizen's task force that ultimately resulted in the construction of the current Proctor High School. She was known by the members of the Proctor School Board as a committed and persuasive person who did not easily give up on an idea or project. She volunteered in the classroom and was President of the Munger School PTA for two years. She also helped develop and taught in the Proctor Schools' Gifted and Talented program for many years.
In later years she put her talents to work tracing her family's genealogy back to the 15th century, translating a book of poems written in old-Norwegian by Dan's grandfather to English, writing a 693 page illustrated cookbook that she gave as a wedding present to family members and selected others, and hand making beautiful and thoughtful cards for all occasions.
Her parents and brother Douglas preceded her in death.
Cyndy is survived by her husband Dan; son Carl, the pride of her life; and her granddaughter Gabrielle Marie (Brie) Svendsen, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by her sister Valerie Hayes; brothers David and James Pierce; many nieces and nephews, and several special friends.
Cyndy's family would like to thank Dr.'s David Sproat, Tanya Repka, John Streitz and the staff of St. Luke's Infusion Therapy for their tireless efforts during the course of her treatment, and the staff of Solvay Hospice House for their incredibly kind and patient care during the final stage of her life.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10 a.m. Sept. 6, 2013, in the First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth. Please dress casually. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to: Duluth Children's Museum, 115 S 29th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806 or Solvay Hospice House, 801 Baylis St., Duluth, MN 55811.
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