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Cynthia Joan "Cindy" Tharinger

Born: Fri., Jun. 11, 1954
Died: Wed., Nov. 20, 2013


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STEVENSVILLE – Cynthia Joan Tharinger passed away peacefully, at the home she loved, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, and is now at peace.

She was born in Minneapolis on June 11, 1954, one of seven children of Robert and Jean Tharinger. Raised in Minnesota, she came to Montana as a freshman at the University of Montana. Through the years she lived in Whitefish, Missoula and Bozeman. She left for 10 years to pursue her graduate degree at Syracuse University, and finally returned to her beloved Montana, settling in Stevensville.

Cindy was the “baby” of her large family, sharing love, travels, laughter and debates with her older siblings, Mary, Judy, Bob, Steve, Sue and Patty, as well as their partners, Barn, Sylvie, Thora, Yvonne and Gary. She was a devoted and beloved “Aunt Cindy” to her nieces and nephews, Lara, Nate, Morgan, Lilly, Hugo, Cassie, Perle, Emma, Hannah and Sam, who all thought she was one of the most stubborn, independent, fun and overall kick-ass women you could ever meet. She will be sorely missed by lifelong friends, Cinda Holt and Chris Merriman, as well as her extended family and friends. Last on this list but first in her heart, her best-loved dogs, Gracie and Reuben. Cindy’s love of a good conversation and a new friend led her to build many enduring friendships and loved ones.

Cindy was an amazing watercolor artist and graphic designer. She served on the design committee of the Stevensville Main Street Association. Cindy loved theater, dance, music and film, and was a supporter of arts through the years in her capacity as consultant. Throughout her life, she created homes and gardens that were in themselves works of art.

Cindy wanted to be laid to rest in the Bitterroots and we will gather in warmer weather for a memorial service, to be announced later. If you would like to remember her through a memorial, please contact the Stevensville Main Street Committee, c/o Joan Prather, 102B Main St, Stevensville, MT 59870.

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Dick Gordon
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
This message is for Judy Tharinger…Judy, I came across your sisters obituary while reading the Missoulian yesterday. Although I never met her, we obviously shared a Montana connection as we have lived in Whitefish for 28 years (38 in the Flathead for me, 34 for my wife). Not to mention the connection of you. Had I know there was a Tharinger in Whitefish I would have loved to meet her. I am so sorry for your loss. When you come to Montana in warmer weather let me know.

Dick Gordon (Hopkins '61)

Kristen Townley
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
I was so saddened to hear of Cindy's passing. I was her dermatologist for the past 8 years. My staff and I considered her a friend as well as a patient. We will miss her greatly. Although I never met any of her family, I heard stories and could tell how much she loved you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you can when her memorial will be.

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