Cynthia Lynn Schwarz, 52 who died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Miami County Meidcal Center in Paola, Kansas.
Cindy was born July 10, 1958, in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She was the daughter of Fred and Donna (Winter)Schwarz.
She graduated from Spencer High School with the class of 1976. After high school, she attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. and graduated from there in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education.
She taught art, kindergarten through 12th grades in Holbrook, Neb. 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 Osawatomie, Kansas USD No. 367 schools on Aug. 17, 1992. She taught in the Osawatomie gifted classrooms at the Trojan Elementary, middle school and the high school.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, Ia. She was also a member of the Kansas National Education Association. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Kansas being nominated by the honor students there. She had also received Kansas Teacher of the Year Award for 2007/08 school year in Osawatomie.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father, Fred on Dec. 23, 2002; and her younger sister, Alisa Schwarz White on Jan. 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 is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer.