Cynthia "Cindy" Flynn, 70, of Grapevine, Texas passed away on April 6, 2023, with family by her side after a difficult battle with reoccurring illness, and kidney disease.
Cynthia is survived by her children: Sean (spouse Cathryn, Grandchildren Isabel, and Sebastian), Austin, Texas, Ryan (spouse Megan), Edina, Minnesota, and Caitlin, Grapevine, Texas. Her siblings: Gary (Carol) Biernat, Eagan, Minnesota, Brian (Kelly), Woodbury, Minnesota; her Stepfather: Ernest Thorson, Naples, Florida; and many cousins, nephews, and a niece plus a large extended family.
Her husband John L. Flynn, and parents, Robert Biernat and Adele Wysocki Biernat, preceded Cynthia in death.
Cynthia was born June 1, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota in 1970 before attending the College of St. Catherine in St Paul, Minnesota, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. She held various jobs throughout her life including an insurance adjustor, substitute teacher, and Craft instructor/coordinator for over 10 years with Michaels; but her primary passion was her family.
Cynthia was a stay-at-home mom for the formative years of her children’s lives. During this time, she was a huge influence and was active in various activities and programs within the school and church. She was the PTA President during Elementary School, the boy's Den leader in Cub Scouts, Caitlin’s Girl Scout troop leader, and the kid's CCD leader in middle school. She was always involved and supportive. She nurtured a strong relationship with all three children and was a very proud mother, she was never shy to let anyone know she raised a lawyer, a doctor, and an artist. Cindy also loved being with John, her husband. They met early in college and were partners in the truest definition of the word. They lived a full and happy life together for over 40 years, and she was by his side throughout his entire battle with esophageal cancer. Sadly, he passed in 2018; she missed him every day but always looked back on their relationship and time together with deep love. She also endlessly adored later in life becoming “Grandma Cindy” to Sean’s kids Isabel, and Sebastian, making sure to share her love of crafts and family traditions. On top of being a mom and a grandma, she was also a pet mom to her 11-year-old long-haired chihuahua named Chloe, who she treasured. Chloe was always by her side before she got sick, so we made sure she got to visit frequently, which they both enjoyed.
Cynthia’s main passion outside of her family was creating. She was always in her element with a pair of scissors in her hand. Her primary interests were card making and crocheting, but there wasn’t a craft she tried and didn’t master. She sewed her own clothes growing up, learned watercolor and calligraphy in college, got big into the Scrapbook trend in the late 90s, and she also dabbled in jewelry making. Being creative came naturally to her and this was a passion she shared with her kids, especially Caitlin. Together they would attend craft events and spend countless hours making and connecting, they truly were best friends.
Cindy had a green thumb; she was an avid gardener for most of her life and continued with house plants in more recent years. In the past year, she took a strong liking to watching Food Network and was always down to try a new dish, just as long as it wasn’t too spicy! She was also a Sci-fi fan, which gave her some “cool points” along the way. She was politically minded and cared for people. She loved John Denver, the Beatles, and Peter Paul & Mary.
Cynthia was endlessly positive and loving. She had numerous setbacks throughout the past year and took each one in stride, and with grace, she was always grateful for the good she had. The family sends heartfelt thanks to all her friends and family who reached out to her with prayers and encouragement during this very difficult time.
A funeral mass and celebration of life will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville, Texas at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2023.