GUADAGNO, CYNTHIA ROSE, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a family of Holocaust survivors, and it is there that she developed her fighting spirit at an early age. A lover of poetry, she was an exceptional writer with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Proud that her grandmother had a child in every branch of the service during WW11, mom enlisted in the army during the Korean War. She followed her large extended family to Miami in the 1950's where she met the love of her life Rudy. They were married for almost 60 years and raised six children and eight grandchildren who loved and adored her. Her passion was family and felt it was her charge to keep alive the eternal memory of her beloved family through her masterfully recounted tales. Mom valued honesty and always spoke from the heart, a trait that some misunderstood, while those who loved her appreciated her "No Horseshit" approach. She mastered the lost art of letter writing and never failed to include a monetary surprise. A culinary genius, she would never accept "I'm not hungry" while her legendary noodle kugel or meatballs were to be had. Many thanks to her son-in-law Manny whose chicken soup helped to sustain her, and to the family and friends whose heartfelt letters and calls lifted her spirits. Mom fought a long and courageous battle with Lupus, but she refused to let it define her. She lived life by her own terms and proudly did it her way.
Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 3, 2013