Stevensville – Cynthia Joan Tharinger passed away peacefully, at the home she loved, on November 20 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 Cindt” 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 woman 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, 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.