Cynthia Stern
Cynthia Stern, 59, passed away on December 29, 2007. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the Valley 25 years ago. She is survived by husband Michael; daughters Lisa (Andrew) Kaplowitz, Jodi Stern & Dana Stern; son Eric (Rachel) Stern ; brother Harry (Myra) Birnkrant and grandchildren Justin & Zachary. Services were held on December 31st. Contributions are suggested to Jewish Family & Childrens Services, 4220 N. 20th Ave.. Phoenix, AZ 85015 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2990 E. Northern Ave., Ste E-100, Phoenix, AZ 85028. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Published by The Arizona Republic on Jan. 1, 2008.
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One of Cynthia's most endearing qualities was her willingness to give, sadly, as it turns out, the most precious thing she had to give -- her time. Whether she was training us, counseling us, or calming us, she was there whenever we needed any or all of those attentions. From the time each of us first knew her, she evolved from being our manager to being our friend, our mentor, our teacher, and, sometimes, our surrogate mom. We worked with her, learned from her, shared with her, and frequently laughed with her, especially when her cell phone would ring during our meetings. We admired and respected her work ethic, her hands-on management style, and her ability to laugh at herself. She treated us not as her employees but as her equals -- different specialized fingers of the same hand working together toward the same goal. We came to love her. Now we must do the one thing we never expected: miss her.
Sherryl Braughton, Judy MacPherson, Kathy Pujat, Betty Thomas
January 8, 2008
Dear Stern Family,

I was so saddended to learn of Cynthia's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Cynthia was a lovely lady and caring friend. She always gave so much of herself to everyone. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was someone you could always count on whatever the situation. I will always remember her smile and good spirits the last time I saw her in July. She will be greatly missed.
Lucretia Olson
January 3, 2008
Dear Mickey and family,
We were saddened to hear about Cynthia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of the times your shared together.

Sheila and Stan Odesky
Sheila Odesky
January 2, 2008
I wanted to leave my deepest condolences. Cynthia has left behind as her legacy a loving family and a well lived life. Her footprint is one of great sweetness and a caring will to understand and accept. She never made a decision that was not without great thought to seek a balanced outcome. She was proud of how her children loved each other and accepted themselves knowing their own strengths and weaknesses. She was a lioness when someone stood in the way of her children’s education. I remember her marching down to Dobson High School when a teacher was not of high quality. She was proud of your dancing, trying out for track, being summer camp counselors, competing in gymnastics, finding love, having long term friends, memories of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and giving birth like it was no big deal. She was reaching for the stars and you were her dream come true.
Elizabeth Menchaca
January 2, 2008
Cynthia, you were an angel on earth and you can finally fly. You and your family are in my thoughts. xoxo
Carey Lehman
January 1, 2008
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