February 24, 1953 – June 10, 2018
Cynthia Ulrich of Madison, Ct passed away suddenly on June 10, 2018 after a long battle with breast cancer. Cynthia was 65 years old. She was the beloved wife of 27 years to John Ulrich and loving sister of Joyce Zoldak of Alexandria, Va and Alan Oblon of Meriden. She also leaves behind nieces Kristin and Heather Oblon and nephew Joshua Oblon, and sister-in-law Zina Oblon and brother-in-law John Zoldak, and aunts Dorothy and Eleanor Iwanicki of Meriden. She was born in Meriden, Ct, the daughter of Ted and Irene Oblon. She married John and moved into a new home they built in Madison in 1991. She loved being a mother to her four dogs Sandy, Gretta, Daisy and Maggie. Cynthia’s positive spirit, her love of life and her wonderful sense of humor will be remembered forever.
Cynthia received degrees from Southern Conn State University, including a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She was employed by the State of Conn for 34 years in the Bureau of Disability and the Workers Compensation Commission as a Rehabilitation Coordinator; she enjoyed helping people who were injured on the job find new skills for employment. After Cynthia retired in 2012, she pursued her passions of music, tennis, and nature. She enjoyed planting flowers and shrubs in her garden and feeding the hummingbirds and other birds it attracted, and she turned her yard into a garden paradise. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephew going to concerts and participating in craft shows. Cynthia and John shared many passions and interests. Some of Cynthia’s happiest moments were spent outdoors enjoying nature with John. You could be sure if the sun was shining or if it was snowing, Cynthia would be hiking with her dogs, cross-country skiing, at the beach or in her backyard planting. Cynthia loved the seacoast, spending many summer vacations in Maine and much time at her sister’s Rhode Island home, and many summer days driving her Mustang convertible to the Surf Club with her boogie board. An avid tennis player, Cynthia belonged to “The Tennis Girls” League at Madison Racquet, Old Saybrook Racket and the USTA. She also was an advanced pianist who studied at Harte School of Music and New Haven Music School and performed piano recitals at venues such as the 2015 Grand Opening of the George Bray Cancer Center in Plainville. Until very recently, Cynthia had been taking tennis clinics and practicing for a performance with two pianos, something she found immense pleasure in.
She belonged to many clubs including the Garden Club of Madison, Florence Griswold Museum, Wadsworth Athenaeum, St. Lawrence Church Woman’s Prayer Group, and the Conservative Woman’s Forum. She was very religious and was a parishioner of St. Margret and St. Lawrence Catholic churches. As an active member of the Garden Club of Madison, Cynthia was naturally talented at flower arranging, winning numerous awards and blue ribbons in flower arranging competitions, including First Place in the National Garden Club Flower Show, Division II. She was a patron of the arts and loved supporting art museums and theatre, and attended musical performances and art openings at local galleries. Cynthia even had a movie debut in “Jackknife” with Robert De Niro.
Cynthia’s love of travel started with a summer backpacking trip to Europe upon college graduation, and then trips to Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand with her grandmother and sister. John’s and Cynthia’s favorite vacation spot was Hawaii taking many trips there. They also vacationed in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Jekyll and Kiawah Islands, Cancun, San Antonio and Palm Springs. She also traveled on many trips with her “Tennis Girls” to Vermont and New York City. She was involved in fundraising for charities that benefit Breast Cancer such as Y ME and Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation. Y ME honored Cynthia for her outstanding number of donations she collected for their major fund-raising events.
She loved fashion and shopping and never missed out on a bargain and would have loved to have been a professional shopper. Although, Cynthia shopped for all her friends and family, always bestowing thoughtful gifts on them. Another signature of Cynthia’s flair for fashion was her many colorful hats. In the summer with the top down on her Mustang, Cynthia could be seen smiling and wearing a gorgeous hat that she beautifully decorated.
Cynthia had a beautiful smile and a sunny radiant personality, and was loved by all who knew her. Her brave and selfless attitude inspired so many and will live on in all of those she touched. She always had hope and was the first one to give encouragement to all around her. She always thought of others and felt it was her mission to give encouragement and support to others also battling a disease. Cynthia was a fighter, loving life and living life to its fullest. She will be sorely missed and is now playing the piano in heaven for the angels.
Friends and relatives of Cynthia are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on July 12 at 10:00 am at St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy St., Madison, Ct., 203-245-7301. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Swan Funeral Home in Clinton, Ct. In lieu of flowers contributions in Cynthia’s memory may be made to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 785, New London, Ct 06320 or tbbcf.org
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Kathy Ring Hale
July 10, 2018
I’m so sorry for you and your family, I can’t imagine the impact of the devastating loss of Cynthia.
Tennis was our major connection, lessons, clinics, social games, and I think, a love of the game. Cynthia made the game fun, exciting, and competitive. The sight of her on the court lit up my whole being, I couldn’t wait to play with her, she made me laugh more than anything else. Our conversations about how to win, what to do, to beat our friends/opponents were so silly, I wish I had recordings of them.
Cynthia will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. It breaks my heart.
With my heart felt feelings,
Kathy Ring Hale
June 29, 2018
What a stunning photo and beautiful write-up of our wonderful Cynthia. I'm so glad you captured her gusto for life and of course her bargain-hunting expertise which my mom and I loved most. I feel like I lost a dear sister, as we called each other, and a special connection to my own mother. I admired so much about Cynthia and her grand presence; she helped me tremendously through my toughest difficulties with family and loss, and on our last visit, she was helping me through a difficulty at work from her hospital bed. Always sharing herself and her faith, always dressed in bright, contrasting colored "on sale" outfits that she wore to perfection and which screamed "Cynthia is here"; always laughing, confident, booming, and lively .. with a beautiful physical presence. Now she is our beautiful spiritual presence. My mom and I were so blessed to know her these many years, and they are both together on my mind and in my heart in all I do. Love, Cindy
June 25, 2018
This sad new of cynitha passing came to me late. I was sadden by the news. I met cynithia at Old Saybrook tennis club and had many memorable matches with her as a partner and opponent. She was alway kind , compassionate and a lot of fun to be around. We hung out and talked many times after the matches and planned to get together outside of tennis unfortunately that never happened. I will miss seeing her face again and our chit chats afterwards. My sincere heartfelt sympathies. Namaste Rachel Brasile
June 22, 2018
We can remember many gatherings at Clinton Beach at Aunt Helen's cottage especially when Uncle Herald and Aunt Helen came to visit. Most of our relatives were there with much song and happy times shared outside in and outside the garage. When it started getting late and things were winding down Cynthia, Alan and Joyce were waiting patiently sitting on the couch inside the cottage waiting for mom and dad to take them home. Cynthia and her brother and sister were not whiners. They were the most well behaved children ever.
As years passed and we became contemporaries we always enjoyed seeing her, usually at her family's cottage which was next door to the one Aunt Helen formerly owned. She always had a smile on her face and was very animated , always inquiring about our family and reminiscing about days gone by. She always was very positive and a pleasure to converse with.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Mark and Dottie Drechsler