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Cindy S. (Carpenter) Hoersten

September 2, 2018

Cindy S. Hoersten, 61, of Woodburn, Indiana, passed away at home on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Cindy was born in Fort Wayne on July 8, 1957. She was a 1975 graduate of Southside High School  & worked at Parkview Hospital.

Cindy will be sadly missed by her children, Chris Ahlersmeyer & Cory Hoersten & Chelsy Hoersten; parents, Robert & Gloria (nee. Burton) Carpenter; siblings Linda Elliott & Leigh Tilley; granddaughter, Alexa;  2 great grandchildren and beloved four legged friends, Toby & Rylee. Her brother, Dan Carpenter has passed away.

Service is Saturday, 10 am with visitation from 9 to 10 am at Dooley Funeral Home, 202 W. River Street, Antwerp, Ohio.

Visitation is also Friday, 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Dooley Funeral Home.

She will be laid to rest in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

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With a ready smile and an infectious laugh, Cindy S. Hoersten embraced each day as a gift and lived her life in service of others. A natural caregiver, Cindy found joy in lessening the load on others’ shoulders and helping people find the gold in every moment. She was a living example for all who were blessed to know her. Heart-centered, empathetic, generous, honest and fun, Cindy’s bright light made good days better and bad days easier. A treasured mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, Cindy’s love and light will long live in the hearts of those she loved.

1957 proved to be a year of innovation. The U.S. economy boomed as manufacturing attempted to keep up with consumer demands for goods. The peak of the “baby boomer” era, it was also a time when families prayed, played, and sat at the dinner table together. American Bandstand made its debut, Elvis Presley flooded the airways, and the Frisbee and Tonka Trucks delighted children everywhere. Much to the delight of Robert and Gloria (nee. Burton) Carpenter their daughter Cindy was born on July 8th.

Growing up in Northeast Indiana during the 60s and 70s, Cindy enjoyed a childhood rich in Midwest values. While her father worked as a machinist at Zollner Pistons, her mother was a homemaker. Family, hard work, perseverance, resourcefulness, and service became the firm foundation upon which Cindy built the rest of her life.

As a child, Cindy bought her own set of drums and taught herself to play. Naturally in tune with the percussion of life, her sisters said she was very good. As a student at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Cindy played volleyball and was a cheerleader for her fellow Archers.

After graduating with the class of 1975, Cindy worked many jobs and but for the last five years she worked at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. It was here that Cindy brought much laughter, lightness, hope, and healing to both co-workers and patients. With much wisdom, Cindy understood that the greatest gifts in life were the relationships she shared with others. Whether sharing a moment, a season, or a lifetime, Cindy gave all she had to give inspiring much hope and joy along the way. She greeted each person with a smile and a warm “hello,” willing sat with others’ pain, and afforded laughter even in the darkest moments. Cindy possessed an unwavering integrity and was a person others could always count on. Her word was her commitment and her honesty a comfort.

While she enjoyed all the simple things in life, her greatest pleasures included dancing with her dad at weddings. She loved celebrating her birthday at Bandidos Mexican restaurant in Fort Wayne and spending time at the lake. Watching Big Bang Theory and listening to music always afforded her laughter and contentment. Playing with her dogs, Toby and Rylee Beav, was a constant source of joy.

Cindy’s greatest joy was her children; Chris, Cory, and Chelsy. She provided her family with a loving home and was an undauntable stand for their greatness. She loved her children immensely; she was honored to watch them grow and so very proud of all the ways they bring their greatness out to the world. Welcoming her granddaughter Alexa and her two great-grandchildren gifted Cindy with more happiness than she could ever imagine. She adored her grandchildren and showered them with affection.

Strong, independent, loving, and kind, Cindy was a treasured gift, and the world is surely duller in the absence of her steadfast light. Though she will be dearly missed, Cindy will be lovingly remembered. Whether it be sharing time with family, enjoying a day at the lake, hanging out with a favorite canine, or kicking up our heels at a wedding, Cindy’s family will long feel the eternal spark of her legacy in their hearts and lives.

Cindy Hoersten, 61, passed away at home Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Cindy will be sadly missed by her beloved children; Chris Ahlersmeyer, Cory Hoersten, and Chelsy Hoersten; parents, Robert & Gloria (nee. Burton) Carpenter; siblings Linda Elliott & Leigh Tilley; granddaughter, Alexa; 2 great-grandchildren and beloved four-legged companions, Toby & Rylee. Her brother, Dan Carpenter, has passed away.

Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Dooley Funeral Home, 202 W. River St., Antwerp, Ohio, with calling from 9 to 10 a.m. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.



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