Cindy Lea O'Hare
June 10, 1962 – May 31, 2019
Cindy Lea O’Hare dearest mother and grandmother, departed from this earth at age 56 on May 31st 2019 at her home in Loveland, Colorado. She was born in Fort Riley, Kansas and spent a short time in her childhood in Texas before settling to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the remainder of her teenage years. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa in 1980.
Shortly after, she gave birth to her eldest daughter, April, and met her husband of 14 years, John O’Hare Jr. Her second child, Jonathan was also born in Tulsa before they moved to Longmont, Colorado after a brief stint in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cindy loved living in Longmont and went on to make it her home; it was the birthplace of her remaining 5 children, Danielle, Dominic, Gabrielle, Chelsey, and Damien. She recently moved to Loveland, but considered Longmont her home.
Cindy was always an incredibly caring person. She made it a point to keep up correspondence with her friends and family throughout the years and even managed to keep one penpal from the time she was a teenager, all the way into her 40’s. She was a sentimental person, keeping newspaper clippings and cards about those who she knew. Her nurturing nature not only made her the perfect candidate for a mother, but also served her well as both a daycare provider as well as a Certified Nurses Aide. She ran her own licensed, in-home day care center for 13 years, as well as worked as a CNA for Longmont United Hospital for 20 years.
She loved going to concerts and hearing live music as well as attending other kinds of performing arts events. Her favorite music started out with classic rock (some of her favorites included the Bay City Rollers, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and more). She ended up being quite eclectic in her musical tastes as she joined her children in whatever concerts and shows that they enjoyed attending. She was very supportive of her children’s interests and hobbies. As they were growing up, you would find her spending much of her time shuttling them around to various parades, jobs, and sports practices, like soccer and wrestling. Raising 7 children meant that she was an incredibly busy woman, but she always found time to send out cards and check in with everyone who she loved. People often complain that it’s hard to make friends as an adult, but Cindy made friends wherever she went.
It was incredibly important to Cindy to perform acts of service for others. She was very proud of the fact that she donated more than 9 gallons of blood throughout her life to Bonfils Blood Center. And every Thursday she volunteered her time to deliver food for those in need. Sadly, just as she was sending her last child into adulthood, she was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer and had to undergo a massive, dangerous surgery to remove her tongue. This should have been the era of her life when she got to reclaim her time, and do all of the things she never had time to do while she raised her kids. But, Cindy was not one to spend a lot of time feeling sorry for herself. Through sheer stubborn will she survived the surgery and managed to beat the cancer, although it did rob her of the quality of her life. Despite this, she miraculously remained one of the most inspiring and positive people we all know. She continued to make time to pet sit for her family and friend’s animals, enjoyed being with her grandchildren, and even continued to do her Thursday food deliveries!
We will always miss Cindy Lea O’Hare. She may be physically gone, but she will remain in our hearts forever.
A rosary service with slideshow and informal speeches and remembrances will be held at Howe Mortuary at 439 Coffman Street in Longmont on Wednesday, June 12th at 6 pm.
A full Catholic funeral Mass and reception will be held at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church at 323 Collyer Street in Longmont on Thursday, June 13th at 11 am.
The burial will be private.
The family requests that donations be made to the Oral Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers. https://oralcancerfoundation.org/ And Cindy would have loved knowing that people went to give blood in her name if you feel up for a little something extra!
- Rosary Prayers Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Funeral Mass Thursday, June 13, 2019
Cindy Lea O'Hare
June 14, 2019
I worked with Cindy at LUH on the rehab unit. She was a wonderful CNA & everyone thought so much of her. Remember her as kind, caring & skilled in her work. My heartfelt sympathies to her family. Rest peacefully.
June 13, 2019
I m Cindy met through my sister Eileen Hauschild. I've visited with her few times, but mostly communicated on FB/messenger. She is the sweetest and generous person I've ever met. And the willingness to help you in way she could. She will truly be missed. God Speed!
June 13, 2019
Cindy and i met in 5th grade. She was shy, smart and loved adventures. She wrote down the lyrics to songs from Queen, Bay city rollers, journey & Bee Gees in a spiral note book. She wore her bell bottoms with pride! She was my best friend for many many years always sending cards letters and pics. I will miss her greatly!
June 12, 2019
I have known Cindy since our time working at Longmont United Hospital. We became friends as we both worked night shifts and would trade and help each other out. Cindy was always willing to pick up shifts and trade with you. She was such a hardworking person and a mother of 7 great children. She was an example to all who knew her. Selfless and caring to all she came in contact with. Her patients loved her and always wanted to have Cindy as their CNA. I had the great experience of having her help my parents as they aged. She cared for both my mom and dad and I couldn't have taken care of them properly without her care and love that she gave to my parents. My dad and her shared the same birthday, June 10, and they both thought that was awesome. My dad loved her very much and became good friends with her. She took care of both of my parents until their deaths in 2012. The past few years she helped me at my home care for the cats, fish and property. She was a god send to me in every way. She taught me how to give more and care more, as she always did. I will miss the profound effect she has had on my daily life. I know she's in a better place but I still will miss her smile and sweet spirit that filled the room wherever she went. I love you Cindy, to the moon and back, forever.
June 12, 2019
"Cinder" Lea...sent to me. 2012-2019 I learned the true LOVE OF GOD. My life changed FOREVER. MY bestfriend...An ANGEL. Will ALWAYS have you in my heart.
June 1, 2019
Cindy was able to put the most uplifting inspiring messages on facebook. On countless occasions it was just what I needed to read that day. Thanks Cindy. When our children were growing up I always looked up to Cindy as such a courageous person.