Cynthia Estella Friedman Byelene, born September 5, 1953 and is now with the Lord on March 12, 2021.
Cynthia is survived by her devoted husband, Daniel Matthew Byelene and beloved daughter, Estelle Bonita "Boni" Byelene; sister, Pamela Vanessa (Greg) Robins and brothers, Jon Carl (Donna) Friedman and Edward Martin (Diane) Friedman and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Antonia Dales and parents Edith Bonita Prior Friedman and Edward Martin Friedman.
Cynthia received her BFA from Kent State University where she also studied toward her MFA. She was a long time member in the 80's of the North Canton Herb Society, the Canton Fine Arts and was a juried artist in Kriskindl with fabric creations. She taught White Gloves and Party Manners at several local private schools.
She also worked for Educational Foundation for foreign study where she was a recruiter for Ohio and East Coast and taught American family living to students abroad. She and her husband Dan hosted three exchange students from Belgium, Indonesia, and Sweden.
They are members of First Friends Canton since 1985 where she was active in the choir, youth ministry, vacation Bible school, drama director and church planting with Sarasota and Jackson Friends and women's ministries, and the Evangelism Explosion program.
Dan and Cindy were precept upon precept Bible study leaders for over 30 years. And loved every minute of the study with God's people. In 1991 until 2002 Cindy founded and directed the Forensic and Debate program at Malone University. There she led her team to several prestigious awards and she herself received the award for outstanding Director from the Ohio Forensics Association and the coach of the year award in the national religious competition at Azuza Pacific University.
Her love for her family and home filled her days. Cindy knows that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. She is now a part of that Great cloud of witnesses. Her love for her Savior Jesus and her gift of teaching and encouragement to the body was her greatest joy. And most of all being a mom to her darling daughter Boni and wife to the love of her life Danny.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Heitger Funeral Home - Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave NW, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm with funeral services to follow at 1:30pm.
Burial will follow the service at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Massillon.
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