Cynthia Ward (Schmitt) – April 16, 2017

Cynthia Ward

Honeoye: Peacefully at home on April 16, 2017 at age 68 years. Predeceased by her father Donald R. Schmitt. Survived by her husband of 45 years, Guy Murdoch Ward and daughters; Jennifer Ivers Ward of Fairport and Sarah Ann Ward of Ovid; granddaughters; Katelyn Ann Kress and Irelyn Ward. Also survived by her mother Cecelia Schmitt and her brother Ronald (Bonnie) Schmitt all of Tonawanda. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Cindy was involved in many community activities including the Finger Lakes Rug Hooking Guild, 4H, the Honeoye-Hemlock American Legion Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Canadice Methodist Church. She was also a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Award. Cindy was an art teacher at the Honeoye Central School district for many years, retiring in 2002.

Friends may call on Friday, April 21st, from 4-7pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 8624 Main Street, Rte 20A, Honeoye, NY. Cindy’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, 10am at the Canadice Methodist Church, 5945 Canadice Hill Road, Canadice, NY. Interment will be held privately at the Canadice Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cynthia Ward Art Scholarship Award, C/O Amy Force, CNB, 8633 Main Street, Honeoye, NY 14471. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:


33 thoughts on “Cynthia Ward (Schmitt) – April 16, 2017

  1. so many nice memories of you , i’ll never look at a daisy again without remembering you ! will be missing you !!

  2. Cindy will be missed very much. She was an excellent Art teacher and a true friend.

  3. Cindy will always be remembered by students, friends and family. Her sunshine will live on…

  4. Cindy was the best. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Sending love to her family. Her sense of humor and and spirit will live on in her children. Rest In Peace my friend. I will be away this weekend and will miss her service. Thinking of all of you and sending strength and love.
    With much love,
    Lynn Cronise and family.

  5. My sympathies to Guy, Jennifer and Sarah. Her artistic abilities added so much to the HCS community. Her contributions to the art program and the musical productions were amazing — and greatly admired. She will be missed – but always remembered.

  6. So sorry for the loss of a loved co worker that I worked with at HCS, she will be sadly missed.

  7. Guy, Jenn, Sarah and Ceil: Cindy was my friend…….I am so glad she was able to have her one woman art show. It was wonderful to see all of her creative artwork.
    To Guy…You were a loving caregiver
    ….the love you showed for Cindy was fantastic.
    She passed just a short while into Easter Day and the one and only JC just guided her up to Heaven.
    Now she is raising Hell with Joan McGlynn………they were such good friends……
    Cindy’s smile brightened a room.
    Love and hugs – Shelby and Bob

  8. Guy,
    There are very few words to ease the pain at such a difficult time but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Bonnie Thayer

  9. Prayers and thoughts go out to you and the family . I have known her for 40 some years thru my sister when she married her brother. She was a very dear person. RIP Cindy know you are flying high with the angels

  10. Guy,
    Please accept our condolences to you and your family.
    Jan and Tom

  11. Dear Guy, Jen, Sarah, and mom Ceil Schmitt receive my deepest condolences, my heart goes out to you during this very difficult time in your lives. We are so sad because Cindy is not physically with us anymore, but she will always live in our hearts.

    I want to celebrate Cindy’s life because without knowing she touched so many lives. I just want to say thank you Cindy from the bottom of my heart because you were that adventures exchange student back in the 60th visiting Colombia. The Schmitt family in return received and exchange student, so my sister Miryam Alvarez from Ecuador was assigned to your home for three months.

    Later on, your mom and dad wanted to know the Alvarez family and invited my mother Emma, she visited Tonawanda for few days, my mother had a great time, got along beautifully, so told me Grandma Mabel Schmitt. Grandma and Aunt Peggy took her shopping while Cindy was the translator. My mom had such great memories of her trip; unfortunately; she passed on in 1970.

    Then in 1973, I came to visit the Schmitt family, (by then I called them mom and dad, Cindy was my American sister and Ron my American brother.) Guy & Cindy were married and living in Honeoye, Cindy’s parents opened their home to me, I spent 9 wonderful month attending high school and learning so much of the American culture and language that one could only learn having the opportunity the Schmitt family gave me and for that I am eternally grateful. My life would not had been the same without the language and knowledge I acquired having been part of you family. I love the Schmitt family and this country as my own.

    Rest in peace Cindy.

  12. Dear Guy, praying for you and your beautiful family. May the love of Christ comfort you and give you His peace during this time. Cindy is shining with our Lord. She touched so many lives, sharing her love, compassion and talents. May God bless all of you.
    Love, Dennis, Kelley and Lauren

  13. Guy,
    Sorry to hear the sad news.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Bob and Sandy Baker

  14. Guy, Tom and I are so very sorry for your loss of Cindy. You and your family are in our prayers. May you feel the love of family and friends at this time. I wish you comfort and peace.

  15. To Guy and all of your girls, Cindy was my teacher, mentor, and best of all my friend. I will miss her forever.
    Laurie Schenkel

  16. Guy, please accept my most sincere condolences extended to you and your family on your loss of Cindy. Most sincerely, Garrett

  17. Guy, Jen and Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. She was a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend. Cindy had a fun loving, adventurous outlook of life. Prayers for the entire family.

  18. Guy and family, We join with so many friends and family in honoring the life and memories left by Cindy. May the presence of the almighty guide U in the days ahead.

  19. Cynthia was my very first friend. We shared so many wonderful childhood experiences together: learning how to sew doll clothes, searching for four leaf clovers, Brownies and Girl Scouts together in Troop 974, camping, making carnivals, puppet shows, starting a craft business making Christmas decorations and selling them, and on and on. She was always there in times of trouble and times of happiness. She was a great support and source of much wisdom. Cynthia had a unique laugh and a twinkle in her eye. I can remember all the times sitting around her kitchen table with her mom and dad, Grandma Mabel, and Aunt Peggy. We got into a lot of mischief together. It was all great! I cannot imagine how hard this is for her family because she was such a shining light. My prayers go out to all of you. I love you, Cynthia!

  20. I was so sorry to read this. I knew Cindy while I taught chemistry and physics in Honeoye in the early and mid-80s. My condolences to the family. Sincerely, Hilde Ziegler Seiler

  21. Dear Guy, Cecelia and Family,
    We will greatly miss our witty and dear friend Cindy, who touched so many lives…she said she still had so much to do. May her friends comfort you, your faith uphold you and loving memories heal your hearts. Our love to Cindy and you all. Mark, Mary, Matt & Tom West

  22. My memories of Cindy are treasured, happy ones. I remember the day she brought her miniature horse into Curves and we enjoyed the visit as we talked to and petted him. She entertained the Wayside Seekers group a few years ago when she had us visit your home and the many animals. Then last September, the two of you told the history of your meeting and it was such a beautiful love story for the local historical society. Hang on to the happy memories and they will help with the grieving. She will be missed by many of us.

  23. Guy and family,
    Please know that we are keeping you in our prayers. Wishing you peace in the weeks and months to come.
    Marsha and Bill Fitzgerald

  24. Cindy was always the bright spot when making crafts and participating in the Strawberry Festival. We will miss her beautiful smile. Many blessings and prayers for the family being sent.

  25. Many fond memories of Mrs. Ward. She surely had an impact on many and made a difference.
    Condolences to the family.
    Lisa Kuhn Lennon

  26. So many good memories. While we have been gone from the area for many years now, Cindy was a bright light during our time there. We are so sorry to hear that she is gone. Our prayers for her and all the family. Joe and Sue Freivald

  27. Guy and Family, My sincere condolences goes out to your family. Cindy will be missed but all will be reunited eternally. My perpetual Light shine upon her. Sincerely Thomas M. Steinagle

  28. My deepest sympathies are with you at this sad time. She was a great lady who had a positive affect on all the young people she taught, and everyone else who were lucky enough to know her. Sincerely, Don Massecar

  29. Many year of laughter and friendship i will never forget. Her talents we often shared artistic advise and ideas…her wit was amazing. Gods heaven is so pleased to have her now. Awesome humane awesome so happy to have called he friend. …God bless you Guy and girls……lift up your heavy hearts and know God holds her in peace……and love.

  30. My deepest condolences over Cindy’s passing. She was always a source of encouragement and support when I was a student at Honeoye Central and beyond. Cindy will be missed but not forgotten.

  31. Guy, Just to let you know, All of the Vets at the 8’o’clock pool class send their condolences and share in your grief.

  32. Carolyn and I wll miss you greatly Cindy. Very special person in our lives. We love you.
    Lynn and Carolyn.

  33. Our hearts go out to Miss Cindy’s family not only from Craig and I but from the Fisher family. Each of us were blessed to have her as our art teacher at Honeoye Central. Her talents were many, her wisdom and sence of humor will be missed by all that knew her. God bless you all and safe journey home Miss Cindy.

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