FOLZER, Cynthia Mae
Born in Evanston, Illinois, 23 August 1936. Died in Guelph, Ontario, 26 January 2020.
Beloved wife for 47½ years of George H. Renninger, of Guelph, who survives her. She is also survived by her sister, Sandra Marea Folzer of Chestnut Hill, PA, and nieces Amma, Laura and Victoria Napier and their children.
Cynthia earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Purdue University, and taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus. She resumed her studies at Rutgers University from which she received a PhD degree in inorganic chemistry. After coming to Guelph with her husband in 1972, she became a senior demonstrator in inorganic chemistry at the University of Waterloo, resigning that position at the end of 1990 to pursue her political, anti-war, and environmental activism. For a number of years, she was a member of the Raging Grannies, appearing with the group at numerous demonstrations. She served on a committee to assess possible new land-fill sites for Guelph. She was a lifetime member of the NDP.
During the last three or so years of her life, Cynthia suffered from a form of dementia, which together with ovarian cancer ended her life. She died peacefully mid-morning, Sunday, 26 January, at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph. She requested no service or celebration of life after her death. Burial has taken place in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph. Those wishing to remember her may do so by making contributions in her name to St. Joseph's Health Centre, to the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, or to an environmental or peace organization of their choice.