Cynthia Ann (Frevert) Fry, 89, Syracuse passed away peacefully Sept. 18, 2021, at The Laurels Nursing Home in Hudsonville, Mich. Cynthia had been recovering from a fall in her residence three weeks prior.
Cynthia was born in Goshen, July 20, 1932, to Ray and Eloise (Niccum) Frevert and the family moved to Syracuse soon after. She spent all but the last two years of her life in Syracuse. She was a member of the Syracuse High School class of 1950, and from 1954-1978 was married to James E. (Jim) Fry (deceased).
During her career, Cynthia worked as a clerk for her father’s Wawasee Lumber Company, and also served as the clerk/treasurer for the Town of Syracuse, following her father’s example of being active in community government. Also in her career, Cynthia was employed as a buyer for Thornburg Drug Stores, and as a travel specialist at TravelMore in Goshen and then Warsaw Travel. She retired at age 81, after serving 10-years as the administrative assistant at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club.
Cynthia also enjoyed some local acclaim from representing the town of Syracuse in the Queen of Lakes beauty pageant in 1950, and as displayed in the Syracuse/Wawasee Historical Museum, in 1952, along with her friend Barbara (Bowser) Zollinger, Cynthia spent a short time as an aerialist and equestrian for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, in Madison Square Garden.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Doris Amstutz and Carol Wiggs; and her grandson Joel Fry (2001). She is survived by her brother John Frevert of Wildwood, Fla.; four sons: Kevin (Susan) Fry of Doma, Zimbabwe; Marc (Jane) Fry of Nashville, Tenn.; Mathew Fry of Syracuse; and David (Sherri) Fry of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cynthia was cherished by her sons and their families including her seven grandchildren: Joel Fry, deceased; Amber (Keith Harris) of Houston, Texas; Angela (Jeffrey West), Jon (Kim) Fry, Kelsey (Jay Nebbeling) all of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Amy (Albert Harr) of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Ian (Heidi) Fry of Doma, Zimbabwe. Cynthia was also blessed with 16 great-grandchildren.
Cynthia was a beautiful woman inside and out, had a kind heart, and always put others first. She lived her life by examples of hard work, love, and caring. With a passion for family and area history, she was proud of her ancestry, adored her family, and had a way of instilling life lessons to all generations though her wit and humor. Her beauty, love, selflessness, and pride for her entire family will never be forgotten. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
A celebration of Cynthia’s life will be held Nov. 6, at a Syracuse venue yet to be announced. Cynthia will be interred in the Syracuse Cemetery in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made in memory of Cynthia Fry to the Syracuse/Wawasee Historical Museum, 1013 N Long Drive, Syracuse, IN 46567 (574)-457-3599