Cynthia Henrich


Cynthia West Henrich, 82, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away at her home on March 12, 2017.

Cynthia was born to Robert and Ruth West on January 16, 1935, and grew up in Edgewood, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Edgewood High School and received her B.S. in elementary education from Penn State University in 1956.

Cynthia married Robert S. Henrich in October of 1957. He survives her.

Her career varied from teaching elementary school, volunteering with numerous school organizations and working at her children’s elementary school library. Once Cynthia relocated to Columbus, Indiana with her husband, she was employed as a proof reader and a technical paper editor. She came to work at Cummins Electronics in 1988 and later transferred to Cummins, Inc., where she retired in 2001.

Cynthia had numerous interests ranging from hiking, traveling, gardening, Sunday crossword puzzles and the occasional knitting spree. She kept active with her participation in several local book clubs and the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two loving children, Meg (Doug) Marian of St. Louis, Missouri and Chuck (Jennifer) Henrich of Battle Creek, Michigan; and three wonderful grandchildren, Justin Henrich, Matthew (Taylor) Henrich and Cade Marian. She is also survived by several extended family members including her cousin, Tracey Lohman of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews from the West and Henrich families.

Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Peter West.

The funeral will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Dennis W. Aud officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group in Columbus, Indiana or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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