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Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Cirillo, treasured mom to Nikki Marketos and Eddie Cirillo, mother-in-law to Andrew Marketos, and beloved wife to Mike Cirillo, passed away on Friday September 24th, 2021 after a long fought battle with cancer.
Cindy was born in New York on May 16 1954, and was adopted by Warren and Barbara Blake. On August 6 1994, Cindy married Mike, the love of her life, and shortly after she welcomed into the world the other great loves of her life, Nikki and Eddie.
Cindy previously worked in the engineering department at Sikorsky Aircraft, one of the first companies to manufacture helicopters for civilian and military use. Cindy also worked at a local florist and was known locally for her beautiful wreath and centerpiece creations. Cindy certainly had green fingers, and derived much joy from planting and nurturing plants in her garden. Away from work, Cindy was incredibly artistic and enjoyed painting and drawing. She loved the outdoors and visiting her brother Stephen Blake and his wife Karen Blake in Maine. Cindy had a black belt in karate, so even though she was the sweetest person, she wasn’t to be messed with!
Above all else, Cindy was a devoted mother to Nikki, Eddie, Andrew and to their friends who also considered her an influential maternal presence. Cindy enjoyed cooking and was an extremely accomplished chef, creating wonderful dinners for her immediate and extended family. Cindy was also fond of animals and they equally as fond of her. She particularly loved elephants, perhaps feeling kinship with their loving, kind and gentle nature. Cindy’s positivity and radiant warmth always shone through, touching every single person she encountered.
A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday October 19th at 6:30pm in the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 323 Fairfield Beach Road, in Fairfield. Her life’s work was improving the lives of others. We invite you to brighten our lives in our time of grief by sharing your happiest memories of Cindy. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Cindy’s honor.
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