Cynthia Welsh Colangelo

November 17, 1957August 27, 2013
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Cynthia Louise Welsh Colangelo passed away at the age of 55 on August 27th after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Cindy, also known as CC, was born on November 17, 1957 and was raised in Miami, Florida by John Robert and Mary Welsh. She was the beloved granddaughter of John and Lavinia Allen, late of Miami, Florida. Cindy was a proud graduate of the University of Florida and so, naturally, a rabid Gator fan. Cindy moved to Carrollton, Texas in 1986 where she resided with her husband Joseph Colangelo and two sons, Jesse Welsh DeAnda and Anthony Colangelo until her death this week. Along with her parents, Cindy leaves five siblings: Anne Marie (Larry Johnson), Barbara Jean (Richard Wilson), Debra Ann (Victor Platt), Ellen Lavinia (Andrew Elam) and brother Francis Allen along with a number of dear nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Cindy was the glue that held the family together with her jokes, cards, silly faces and we can’t forget her parties. She was sweet, driven, mischievous, passionate, spiritual, loving, a great friend, beautiful sister, sweet aunt, loving wife and mother. And for a tiny woman, Cindy was larger than life. She had a huge heart. Cindy is well-known for her far-reaching community service efforts. After working in the corporate world for many years, Cindy returned full-time to her passion for helping other people. She served on the board and as director of a number of local non-profit organizations. Through her consulting firm, CLC Consulting, Cindy was an advocate for the education and development of our nation’s youth, served as a certified Ombudsman for local senior citizens, coordinated numerous fundraising events and most recently devoted much of her energy to advocacy for those with breast cancer. Through her efforts as a speaker with the Susan G. Komen Speakers Bureau, Cindy became an accomplished speaker whose presentations always left her audience deeply moved. For the past 10 years or so Cindy has battled breast cancer in many forms. Once one form of the cancer was knocked down through treatment another popped up. Cindy has been an inspiration to many, whether through her battle with cancer, her leadership at church, or her work with local non-profits. During the last several years of her life, Cindy documented her progress and trials through her posts to These posts provide a deep insight into the life of a very special woman dealing with a terminal disease. Through Cindy’s advocacy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she inspired many to join her in her numerous fundraising and awareness efforts. Through CC’s Sisters, Cindy brought together friends and family alike to join in Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day Walk for the past three years raising money for research. The team is again gearing up for the walk again in November in Dallas. Thanks go out to the staff at UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center and all the special nurses of Faith Presbyterian Hospice who helped us care for Cindy through these past few years. We could not have done it without them; their advice and strength helped get us through the rough patches. Their care and love will forever be in our hearts… It was Cindy’s wish that in lieu of sending flowers, her friends honor her memory by sending donations to one of her favorite charities in her name.

Susan G. Komen Dallas County—Metastatic Breast Cancer Research In Honor of Cindy Colangelo P. O. Box 731696 Dallas, TX 75230

University of Florida Foundation—Fund #017973 Cindy Welsh Colangelo Award for Breast Cancer Awareness UF Class Development PO Box 110300 Gainesville, FL 32811

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church—Columbarium Fund In Honor of Cindy Colangelo 1705 Peters Colony Road Carrollton, TX 75007

All Services for Cindy will be held at

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1705 Peters Colony Road Carrollton, TX 75007

Wake on Friday, August 30th from 7 until 9 PM Funeral Mass, Saturday, August 31st, at 11:30 AM and will be followed by a reception in Assisi Hall.


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Michelle Morse

September 9, 2013

I had gotten to know Cindy over the past year while discussing a book about her family's history. She was very proud of her family and spoke highly of each of them. She also spoke of their closeness. I have no doubt Cindy will be missed by many. Rest in peace dear.

Marietta Alba

September 4, 2013

I feel so blessed to have known and worked with Cindy. I am most grateful for the love she showed to me as a friend. Seeing Cindy when she came to San Antonio recently will stay with me forever! I was on vacation when she passed or would have been to the beautiful services. Blessings to Joe, Jesse, Tony and her entire family! Love you Cindy

Cheryl Karcher

September 1, 2013

I was a roommate with cindy at u of f. I have not seen her since, but, I have thought of her often. I can honestly still hear her laugh. She threw the best football parties. We actually even shared a boyfriend once..... :). I am also a sister in Christ, so, I will try not to cry..I hear that's what she wants. I will try to get in contact with our other 2 roommates Amy and Kelly. With love Cherie thellman

Ron Miller

August 31, 2013

I was fortunate to have met Cindy many years ago in Jacksonville, Florida where I was lucky to have hired her to be my customer service manager. I don't remember her having any real experience in customer service, but her shiny, perky personality immediately won me over. To my pleasant surprise she performed her job with the same sunny positive perspective and with great results. As we worked together and I got to know her better, I was amazed at her consistently happy, kind and gracious manner. She was a true lady in every way. But don't ever mistake her affable persona for emptiness. She was sharp as a tack and quick as a whip. Her ever-present wry, dry sense of humor was one of her best weapons to disarm the toughest situation or person. She once adamantly tried to convince me that the new Taco Bell in town was the best Mexican food restaurant in Jacksonville while doing her best to keep a straight face.
My life was definitely made better by knowing her bright and cheerful smile and her light and joyful laugh. She's gone way too soon. Go Gators!
Ron Miller
Dallas, Texas

Marcel Brunel

August 31, 2013

I worked with Cindy @ The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind and have been a friend of Cindy's for many years. She was the perfect example of a servent leader. She cared more and tried harder than most. When I heard she had passed away I called her cell phone to hear her recorded voice one more time. I will miss you Cindy. I will pray for your entire family.

Rhonda Castleberry

August 31, 2013

Cindy touched so many lives. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She made me want to be a better person. I will forever remember her positive energy and well... there are no words adequate to describe that smile!

John, Rags, Amanda & Matthew DeFranks

August 31, 2013

The joys and memories of a life well-lived remain forever. God has summoned his angel Cindy back. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colangelo and Welsh families.

Elizabeth Jones

August 31, 2013

I went to South Miami Senior High School with Cindy (Class of 1975), and hadn't seen her since graduation. I was made aware of her battle with cancer through another classmate of ours, and was sending my prayers to Cindy. It's very sad that she had to endure this battle and ultimately had to leave her family behind, but there is peace in knowing that after we pass from this life there is bliss in the beyond. I have had experiences in my life that have led me to this truth, and can say with all my heart that she is happy, joyous, and free. Peace and love to Cindy and her family.

August 30, 2013

I wish the world had many more Cindy's in it. Your kindness will be missed by all. Will miss our soccer parties and watching you trying to get Joe to dance. Joe Valdez (Wylie,Tx)

August 30, 2013

Joe, Jessie, and Tony,
I never had the privilege to meet y'all but I knew Cindy! She was a force to be reckoned with :):) !!! What a wonderful example of God's unconditional love shown to ALL she was, and an encourager to many more. I'm so sorry for your loss but knowing Cindy she will ALWAYS be with you. I pray for God to wrap His arms around the three of you tightly so that you will feel His presence, comfort, and peace in the coming months. THANK YOU for sharing this incredible woman with the rest of us. WHAT A SPECIAL LADY SHE WAS....Blessings,
Kim Tice SMSH class of 75