Cynthia L. Brudnick
May 13, 1957 – February 8, 2020
Cynthia Brudnick of Swampscott and Chilmark, MA, entered into eternal rest on February 8, 2020 after an eleven-month battle against glioblastoma. She was 62 and the beloved wife of Richard Brudnick; devoted and tirelessly loving mother of Adam, Paul and Jonathan Brudnick and dear mother-in-law to Lindsay Schapiro (wife of Adam). Cynthia was also the loving sister of Dianne Abbott and David Schlafman and cherished daughter of the late Florence and Leon Schlafman.
Cynthia grew up in Haverhill, MA. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979 and went on to receive a Master’s in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. She had a passion for music and photography, but her greatest joy always came from creating beauty and happiness to share with others. A party planner par excellence, her ability to keep a secret and throw magnificent surprise parties commanded great respect far and wide—but from no one so much as her husband.
Though she was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as a young mother, she never let it overcome her strong will and zest for life. Determined not to let the disease define her, from her pain she drew purpose: Cynthia channeled her knowledge and experience into her role as a patient advocate helping newly diagnosed MS patients find their way. Throughout her life and during her battle first with MS and ultimately with brain cancer, her courage, strength and grace were an inspiration to all who knew her.
Martha’s Vineyard was a special place for her from the moment she and her then husband–to-be first stepped off the ferry over 30 years ago. Like so many, the beauty of this island and its people brought her back time and again. After fulfilling a long-held dream of becoming a seasonal resident, she poured her heart and soul into building a home where her family and friends could gather for years to come. That house now stands as one among her many lasting gifts.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, at 12 PM at Stanetsky Hymanson funeral home in Salem, MA, followed by a gathering in her memory at the Marriott Peabody. A private interment in Chilmark will follow thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Massachusetts General Hospital via https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020
- Gathering Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Cynthia L. Brudnick
February 14, 2020
I had the pleasure and honor to know Cynthia as the pediatrician of her three boys. She was an outstanding and loving mother who always demonstrated a wonderful empathy and concern for them and provided them with the best level of guidance. Throughout the prolonged course of her illnesses she was always positive and stoic. I admired her greatly both as a mother and an individual.
February 13, 2020
I remember the first time I saw Cindy after her diagnosis. Although there was a sadness in her eyes, all she spoke about was gratitude. She told me she had a wonderful and full life and so much to be grateful for. Cindy told me she was married to ‘an extraordinary man, the kindest man’. Cindy then talked about Adam, Paul and Jonathan. She went on about each one and how they were doing. She was one proud mama.
After that she told me that all her men would be fine after the inevitable. Not once did she say one thing about herself or her situation. Her focus was clearly on Rich and their sons.
In all the times I texted her through her illness and spent time with Cindy, she never missed a chance to ask me ‘how I was doing.’
I wish I had just one more visit. I had actually planned to go that Saturday afternoon but I never made it. I will never go to Martha’s Vineyard again without feeling Cindy’s presence.
I will miss our chats and time spent.
Cindy once mouthed ‘I love you’ when I left.
Dear Cindy, I love you too my friend.
You will be missed andI I will never forget you.
February 12, 2020
I Met Cindy in my sophomore year while working at her fathers wholesale/retail business. She was a classmate at HHS, and became a great friend, her family became a part of my family. Although I did not see her often, when I did, it was just like the days of the 70’s, while working at Leon’s Exchange. I am so saddened of this. She will be missed.
Karen (Wicks) Wright
February 10, 2020
My dear lifetime friend Cindy,
Great friends are hard to find, impossible to forget and will never leave your heart. As you said to me a few months back - Friends, like books, should be few and well chosen.
Rest in Peace Dear Friend.
Always and forever,
Karen (Wicks) Wright