Cynthia ""Cindy"" Landwehr

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Cynthia (Cindy) Landwehr, 80, passed away July 31 at Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Hospital in Rochester 

Cynthia Bernadette Navratil was born in Silver Lake on July 30, 1934, to John and Mary (Schultz) Navratil. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Cindy grew up with three sisters and seven brothers. She attended St. Joseph's School and graduated from Silver Lake High School. Upon graduation, she worked at Minneapolis Moline, St. John's Abbey/University and the College of St. Benedict. 

It was at a dance in Silver Lake that Cindy met and married her husband, Francis Landwehr, of Rockville, in 1958. The highlight of their lives was the adoption of two children, Julie Ann (Tim) Archbold and Michael Francis Landwehr. Cindy worked part time in various positions in Rochester while raising their children. The family enjoyed many years of camping, boating and traveling throughout the United States and Canada. She and her husband visited several countries in Europe. Most memorable were their trips to Rome, where they met Pope John Paul II, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.

Cindy finished her career as faculty secretary at Winona State University/Rochester, retiring in 1994. Cindy was an active volunteer at Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Refugee Resettlement and Assisi Heights. She was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church and is a past president of the St. John's Winona Council of Catholic Women, where she received the Bishop's Medal. She was a member of Teams of Our Lady, Rochester Serra Club, St. Raphael's Guild and St. Mary's Volunteers. She enjoyed music, especially piano playing, and attending Rochester Symphony concerts. She also belonged to several choral groups over the years. She also enjoyed gardening, especially her roses, and bird-watching

She was proud of all her grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Joseph, Patrick and John Archbold and Anthony and Christopher Landwehr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Landwehr, in 1992; her parents; sisters, Helen (Charles) Koch, Doris (Lee) Van Nurden, Theresa (Clifford) Clasen; brothers, Richard (Rosemary), Maynard (Pat), Thomas, John, Robert, Virgil and Joseph. She is survived by brothers, Dennis Navratil, of Gilroy, Calif., and Basil (Claudia) Navratil, of Campbell, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Monica Navratil, of Bloomington, Pat Navratil, of Chadron, Neb., and Connie Navratil, of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass for Cynthia Landwehr will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Msgr. Gerald Mahon and the Rev. Msgr. James McCauley officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and also one hour before the service at church on Monday.

Memorials preferred to the Mother Theresa Sisters of Charity or to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at

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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Aug. 2, 2014