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Cynthia "Cindy" H. Thornton

Cynthia "Cindy" H. Thornton

March 31, 2018

Cynthia H. Thornton, age 67, was called to Heaven in her sleep at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 31, 2018 with her husband by her side. Cindy was born to Claire and Helen Pederson on July 11, 1950 at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She spent her childhood enjoying the country life in Eleva, Wisconsin. She graduated from Memorial High School in Eau Claire in 1968. Cindy spent her early adult life in Las Vegas, Nevada where she raised her son John and enjoyed adventures with her sister Debbie. Cindy and John Henry relocated back to Eau Claire in 1985. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work (1989). She immediately went on to earn her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991). Cindy worked as a social worker for the Eau Claire Public Schools in the 1990s, where she was a strong advocate for families and children with special education needs.

Cindy married her best friend, Thomas Thornton in 1992 and they built their forever home along the shores of Lake Holcombe. In 2001 Cindy became a grandmother to her only grandchild, Colin. Cindy loved being a grandma. She put 100% of her love, joy, and attention into her many adventures with Colin. They would play trains for hours, build Lego creations, and enjoy their favorite movies together. As Colin grew older, she was his biggest fan at many band events at Chi High for the past three years.

Cindy had a passion for many things in life including dogs, music from the 70s and 80s, Wisconsin farm life, western movies and TV, Christmas decorating, sugary sweet treats, and sunny days on the pontoon boat on Lake Holcombe with family and friends. She was a friend to many and she had a feisty sense of humor.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, Claire and Helen (Olson) Pederson. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Thornton, who was her angel on earth and best friend forever; her son, John Orth; daughter-in-law, Angie; grandson, Colin, who have scrapbooks loaded with precious memories to last a lifetime; stepson, Dave Thornton of Eau Claire, WI; brother, David (Sandy) Pederson of Barnes, WI; sister, Louise (Bob) Boller, of Huntsville, AL; brother, Robert (Becky) Pederson, of Holcombe, WI; sister, Debra (Randy) Rutecki, of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition, Cindy will be dearly missed by many extended family and friends in the Eau Claire and Holcombe areas and beyond.

Cindy bravely fought cancer for eleven years with the same strength she used to raise her son, work as a social service provider, care for her aging mother, keep up with her grandson, and support family and friends in hard times. She has earned a pain-free and peaceful slumber.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Sacred Heart Hospital oncology and critical care staff as well as Miranda Hamilton, who provided loving homecare assistance for Cindy during her final months, and Cindy’s entire healthcare team for the past eleven years. They also thank Chippewa Valley Cremation Services for their assistance at this sensitive time.

There will be a celebration of Cindy’s life at her parent’s graveside at Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden in Mondovi, WI when the warm weather arrives because she would have disliked the idea of people standing outside in the cold to honor her. Family and friends will be notified of specifics as they become available.

Those seeking to make any type of memorial or expression of condolences are encouraged to donate in Cindy’s name to the Chippewa County Humane Association.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services Altoona, is serving the family. To offer online condolences please visit, www.chippewavalleycremation.com.


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  • Janet Burgess Think of you often Tom. Hope you are doing ok. As we always wish when someone passes - "wish I could have talked with her one more time." I'm sure Cindy is much happier now and free of pain. I have always loved Cindy. God Bless you Tom and John Henry too. Janet Burgess

    April 21 at 8:17pm

  • Kathy Orlikowski Tom and family, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God grant you peace in all your favorite memories.

    April 13 at 2:23pm

  • Sheryl & Trey Gerberding Tom, Colin, and the rest of the family...
    We are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of Cindy. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time. She will truly be missed.

    April 12 at 8:06pm

  • Pam Donaldson Tom,
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    April 10 at 2:09PM

  • Harold Goetz & Rita What a wonderful tribute to Cindy! She will be missed by many and certainly deserves a very peaceful sleep after all she went through. Our deepest condolences to Tom, Dave, John, Angie and Colin and the rest of the family.
    With sympathy, Harry and Rita

    April 8 at 10:58AM

  • Connie Berger Tom, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    April 8 at 8:13AM

  • Donna Phelps Tom, so sorry to hear about Cindy, you are in my thoughts.

    April 6 at 8:33AM

  • JD and Michelle Kirkman Our thoughts and prayers to you Tom.
    May Cindy now Rest In Peace.

    April 3 at 8:57PM

  • Mike Barrie Tom, my deepest condolence to you and your family for your loss.

    April 3 at 7:00AM

  • Kathy Sterling Birtzer Dear Tom and John and Family
    Thank you for sharing Cindy with us for the memories we made.
    Cindy taught us what it meant to be courageous! You are all in my prayers and Cindy remains always in my heart. Love to you all.

    April 2 at 6:06PM

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