OBITUARY

Cynthia A. Neetzel

August 3, 1961July 13, 2021
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Cynthia Alvarez Neetzel, age 59, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Cynthia was born August 3, 1961 in Mangaldan, Philippines.

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    Saturday, July 31, 2021

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Biography

Many things can be said about Cynthia Alvarez Neetzel. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Cynthia was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

Cynthia was born on August 3, 1961 at home in Mangaldan, Pangasinan, Philippines. Her parents were Manuel V. And Mercedes G. Alvarez. Cynthia was raised in Philippines. When she was young, Cynthia's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Cynthia demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

Cynthia grew up with five siblings: Arlene, Estrella, Helen, Merma and Emmanuel. Cynthia was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Cynthia carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Cynthia was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

As a young girl, Cynthia was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Cynthia could easily relate to other kids. She was a Girl Scout and participated in the church choir. In her spare time she liked singing and dancing. Cynthia's memorable achievements included. However, to Cynthia, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

During her high school years, Cynthia had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Mangaldan National High School in 1978. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Cynthia had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Cynthia was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Cynthia as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner.

Cynthia did well in college, as a result of her being intuitive and finely organized. She earned her BS in Commerce, majoring in Banking and Finance from Luzon College. Her favorite course was History. The skill of being a good communicator helped Cynthia immensely during her college days. She was comfortable with abstract information and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced her to think. No matter what class it was, Cynthia was always very perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that her college experience provided.

Always considered a “good” friend, Cynthia sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Cynthia always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Cynthia’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Cynthia would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Cynthia was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Prudencia Moulic and Shirley Gomez. Later in life, she became friends with Jamie Lee.

Cynthia experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was a data analyst. She was employed for 22 years with Callan Associates, Inc. Cynthia always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Cynthia took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Cynthia was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Cynthia continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

Because she was organized and methodical, Cynthia took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were traveling, hiking and watching movies. Cynthia enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

Cynthia derived much satisfaction from sports. Because she was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Cynthia delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. In high school, Cynthia played volleyball. Cynthia was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams' events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, boxing and basketball.

Throughout her life, Cynthia was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Cynthia was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Cynthia was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Cynthia’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Cynthia’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. Throughout her later years, Cynthia was an active member of the Gospel of Christ Pentecostal Oneness.

Cynthia was well known to others for her ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed her as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, she was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld her personal values. Politically, Cynthia was a member of the Republican Party.

Cynthia’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Pentecostal Oneness Gospel of Christ for 40 years. She was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in her work with the congregation.

Cynthia enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Cynthia were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included Jerusalem.

Cynthia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Cynthia's favorite was Imp, a border collie. They were best friends for 10 years.

Cynthia passed away on July 13, 2021 suddenly in her home in Las Vegas. She battled Cushing Disease, a pituitary tumor complications. She is survived by her mother Mercedes and siblings Estrella Yap, Helen Padua, Merma Alvarez and Emmanuel Alvarez and 10 nieces and nephews who she considered her children. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

Throughout her life, Cynthia was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Cynthia leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Cynthia Alvarez Neetzel.