Cynthia Folzer

Mrs. Cynthia Folzer

Sunday, August 23rd, 1936 Sunday, January 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Mrs. Cynthia Folzer

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.

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    Woodlawn Memorial Park
    762 Woolwich St.,
    Guelph, ON
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Terry Crowley

It is sad that Cynthia has passed. She cared so much about important causes and cared for us as well. Sincere condolences to George.
Comment | Posted at 09:28am via Condolence

Tom Miller

Thank you, Cynthia, for your contributions to academia and a just society. I am sure that the ripples you created will continue. Much love to the family

Tom Miller
Comment | Posted at 01:29am via Condolence

Mary Owen

I’m sorry to hear that Cynthia died. I knew her and her family while growing up across a field from them and sharing a horse with her sister Sandy. I didn’t know about her political activism or that she was a runner like her Sandy. What most strikes me is the photo of Cynthia who looks so much like her mother, Betty! I remember everyone in the family as kind, intelligent, artistic and contributing to the greater good throughout their lives. It sounds like Cynthia contributed her best to many people and the environment.
Comment | Posted at 11:28pm via Condolence

Lois Payne

I remember Cynthia as community-minded, a strong and passionate advocate for the environment, knowledgeable and informed, and above all else, kind.
Lois Payne
Comment | Posted at 07:42pm via Condolence

Sandra Folzer

I love you, Cynthy, and shall miss you. You were always so thoughtful toward me and your nieces. I so admired your political and environmental work....even planning a green burial for yourself to respect Nature.
Love from your sister Sandy
Comment | Posted at 08:06pm via Condolence

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