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Cynthia Perucca

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Cynthia Perucca Obituary
11/25/1947 - 8/26/2018On August 26, 2018 Cynthia quietly and peacefully succumbed to the ravages of the Alzheimer's disease that she had fought so valiantly for many years. Cynthia Anne Madison was born in Pasadena, California and raised in nearby La Canada. Upon graduating from La Canada High School in 1965 she attended the University of Southern California but soon left to become a volunteer in Ronald Reagan's campaign for governor of California. After his election Cynthia joined Security First National Bank and worked in the Personnel Department where she quickly rose to the position of Personnel Relations Officer and was responsible for introducing new employees to the bank and explaining its benefits and personnel policies. In early 1967 Cynthia met Terry Perucca a fellow employee at Security Bank. They where married in November of that same year and embarked on a loving journey through life of almost 51 years. After initially living in South Pasadena they moved to Pasadena where they lived in their house on Bellefontaine until Terry's transfer with Bank of America to San Francisco in 1992. While living in the Pasadena they also welcomed a beautiful daughter, Jennifer Anne Elizabeth into the world in 1977. Shortly before Jennifer's birth, Cynthia left the banking world to become a "professional" volunteer and full time mom. Known as someone who could get things done, Cynthia demonstrated her leadership skills at the Pasadena Day Nursery Guild, Five Acres and eventually as President of the Junior League of Pasadena. After making contributions to all of these organizations, she discovered her real passion was in the world of art and more specifically education related to the arts. Her passion found expression as a docent first at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marion and then again at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. When Terry became President of Banc of America Equity Partners in Chicago in 1996 Cynthia then took her passion and skill to the Art Institute of Chicago where she become a Trustee, Chaired the Committee on African Art and Indian Arts of the America's, and was a member of the committees for the departments of Education, American Art, and Ancient and Byzantine Art. In 2016 Cynthia and Terry relocated to Pasadena to be close to family and old friends while Cynthia got the support and care she needed to deal with the disease that was slowly taking away the life skills that had been the hallmark of her very successful life. Cynthia is survived by her husband Terry, their daughter, Jennifer Englehaupt, son in law Michael Englehaupt, grandchildren Theodore and Isabella, brother Christopher Madison, sister in law Lois Madison, and their children Wendy and David. In addition to her family Cynthia leaves a legacy of good friends who will all miss here dearly. Arrangements will be made by her family to fulfill Cynthia's wishes to have her ashes spread into the sea off of Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii to be followed by a celebration of a life while too short was well lived. In the hope that one day soon a way to prevent or cure the devastating disease that took Cynthia's life, contributions in her memory can be made to:Huntington Medical Research Institutes686 South Fair Oaks AvenuePasadena, California 91107(626) 389 3407Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 30, 2018
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