Cynthia A. Salsman, 49, a long-time resident of Hamilton, MA, passed away peacefully in the home of her parents on June 8th, 2014 after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer. Cindy touched countless number of lives with her work at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home and on her own time counseling those struggling with substance addiction. Cindy graduated from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in 1983, and she received her Associates Degree from North Shore Community College where she was a member of the honor society. She went on to obtain her Bachelor's Degree from Simmons College where she graduated Cum Laude. Cindy continued on to graduate school at Simmons and she was awarded a Master's degree in Social Work in 2008. While she was working on her Master's program, Cindy began as an intern Social Worker counseling veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home. It would prove to be a long and mutually rewarding relationship when she accepted full-time employment at the Soldiers' Home following receipt of her Masters degree. Cindy was beloved by her all clients and friends. Cindy's generous spirit and unbridled enthusiasm for a life of caring for others was her defining life force. Cindy is survived by her father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Salsman, her sisters Kathleen Mullen and Deborah McNamara, her brother Richard Salsman, her sister Janet Salsman, her brothers Stephen and James Salsman, seven beloved nieces and nephews, and a host of much-loved colleagues and friends. Cindy's family wishes to thank all of the caring and professional staff of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We are especially and eternally grateful to the loving long term care and treatment provided by Dr. Ann Partridge and Anne Kelly, MSN, NP. Burial arrangements are private. It is Cindy's wish that her family and friends plant a birch tree in her memory. In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations made in Cynthia A. Salsman's name to the Chelsea Soldiers' Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. A memorial service to honor and celebrate Cindy's life is being planned. After Wednesday, June 11th, please contact the family for details regarding how you can join us in this tribute.
Published in The Cape Ann Beacon from June 10 to June 17, 2014