Cambridge-Cynthia Smith Proch, 66, was called home on February 2nd, 2023 after a long battle with both Cancer and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In her final days, Cynthia was surrounded by her five children and passed away peacefully in the hospice unit of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY.
Cynthia was born on November 26, 1956 in Willamantic, CT. She was the 7th of 8 children born to Frederick Smith and Marjorie Sirpenski (Lyons) and later gained a step-brother to make it 9.
As a child she loved to read and would stay up late into the night with a good book. Cynthia enjoyed pastimes such as drama, theatre, and singing as she grew into her teenage years. Around age 12, Cynthia began to participate in youth events at Baptist Fellowship in Columbia, Connecticut. Her connection there with Pastor Jack and Anne Schneider altered the course of her life for the better. After graduating from Waterford High School in 1974, Cynthia went on to pursue a degree in religious studies at Ozark Bible College in the fall of 1974. It was there that Cynthia met Marc, who became her husband of 45 years.
Cynthia & Marc were married June 4th, 1977 and went on to have five children, Rachel, Sarah, Hannah, Seth and Molly. Being a mother was one of the most important parts of Cynthia’s life and she was incredibly proud of her children. She was a creative and imaginative storyteller. Her children remember fondly how she would make up elaborate bedtime stories for them off the top of her head. She was a music maker and a dreamer of dreams. Cynthia loved singing, especially with her family. She also found a creative outlet in her writing and worked on her novel for years as well as a script. She was persuasive and charismatic and often fashionably late.
She was passionate about sharing the love of her Lord with others and was an integral part of several churches throughout her life. Cynthia dedicated much of her life to children’s ministry and to supporting her husband, Pastor Marc, in leading the churches in which they served. She loved the Church for the community, connection and support she found there. Cynthia had an Associates Degree in Child Development & Education from Granite State College which she earned in June of 2016. She worked as a Paraprofessional Educator and substitute teacher before Cancer kept her from continuing in the career that she loved.
Cynthia joins her husband, Marc D. Proch, her parents Frederick Smith and Marjorie Sirpenski and step father Frank Sirpenski, her brothers Thomas Smith and David Smith, her nephews Troy Smith, Robert Pelkey and Mark Smith Jr., her nieces Leah Banker, Brandy Smith and Jacquelyn Smith in Heaven. She is survived by many loving family members, including her children Rachel Brimer (Norman), Sarah Soules (Brian), Hannah Proch, Seth Proch (Hannah Haley) and Molly Proch; her grandchildren Tavian, Maya, Emery, Hayden, Ohlin, Garak, Atlas, Adelynn and Elliana; her siblings; Ronjon Cameron, Mark Smith (Deborah), Patricia Gingras (Dennis*desceased), Marjorie Smith, Kathleen Mucha (Jim) (Gary*desceased) and step-brother Paul Sirpenski (Diane); sisters-in-law Linda Smith and Carol Budzinski; many nieces, nephews and her devoted Proch in-laws.
Now that Cynthia has passed into the arms of her Lord, may we find comfort in remembering that she is now at peace. We have no doubt that she was enthusiastically greeted by her loving husband who arrived in Heaven just a few weeks ahead of her.
The family will hold a celebration of life in the summertime near the family plot in Hartford, CT. Details will be announced at a later date.
In recent weeks, she drew comfort from this song:
When engulfed by the terror
Of tempestuous sea
Unknown waves before you roll
At the end of doubt and peril is eternity
Though fear and conflict seize your soul
When surrounded by the blackness
Of the darkest night
O how lonely death can be
At the end of this long tunnel
Is a shining light
For death is swallowed up in victory
But just think of stepping on shore
And finding it heaven
Of touching a hand and finding it God's
Of breathing new air and finding it celestial
Of waking up in glory and finding it home
Lyrics by Don Wyrtzen
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