Cynthia "Cindy" Loesch, age 58, passed away at St. Vincent Health Center, surrounded by loved ones, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, following a brief illness. She was born in Erie, on October 6, 1955, to the late Raymond J. and Geraldine Finn Loesch.
Besides her parents, Cindy was preceded in death by her youngest brother, Terrance Patrick Loesch.
After complications at birth, doctors expected Cindy to survive only weeks. Miraculously, she survived, thrived, and became a crowning jewel of her large family. As a child, Cindy was a well-known and beloved fixture of Shenley Drive and the surrounding neighborhood. Here, she enjoyed cruising on her blue bicycle, popping in for impromptu visits with friendly neighbors, and playing with her siblings and pet dog "Pepper."
At the age of two, Cindy began to benefit from the services of the Dr. Gertrude Barber Center, and at the age of 21, became a lifelong resident within the Barber Center's group home system. She was employed at the Barber Center workshops, and in her retirement, enjoyed its Senior Center. Cindy was a passionate photographer and loved traveling to Florida to visit her brothers and sister.
Cindy is survived by her brothers, Raymond (Kelsey) Loesch of Canadohta Lake, Thomas (Sally) Loesch of Dunedin, Fla., Gerald (Peggy) Loesch of Oldsmar, Fla., and Brian (Betsy) Loesch of Clearwater, Fla.; her sisters, Kathleen (Bob) Mobilia of Erie, Mary "Dee" (Michael) Andrae of Sebring, Fla., and Nadine (David) Tarbell of Erie. She is also survived by 27 nieces and nephews, who dearly loved her.
Cindy's family thanks the staff and volunteers of the Dr. Gertrude Barber Center and the Senior Center, for their many years of kindness and caring, especially Cindy Naughton, and the staff of her most recent group home.
Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th and Liberty St., Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Monday at 1:00 p.m., in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2801 W. 6th St. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barber National Institute, 100 Barber Pl., Erie, PA 16507.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 25, 2014