SPARTANBURG, SC – Cynthia Audrey Boyle Forster passed away on May 16, 2017 at her home following several years of struggle with the physically debilitating effects brought on by MSA, a relatively uncommon neurological disorder. Born in Buffalo, NY on May 15, 1947, she was the first-born daughter of Dennis Joseph Boyle and Audrey Rita Muhl Boyle. Ms. Forster was an accomplished artist with proficiency in a number of media, including oil and acrylic painting, jewelry and textile design and ceramic arts, most notably stoneware pottery. At an early age, Cindy showed natural gifts and a keen interest in the arts. Prior to completing her public-school education, she decided on visual arts; she received additional art instruction at Munson William Proctor Institute in Utica, NY. A 1965 graduate of Utica Free Academy, she went on to major in art education at the State University of New York at Oswego. In the spring of 1969, she married, fellow Oswego education major, Paul Frederick Forster. She and “Fred” moved to Richford, VT on the Canadian border, where they both began their teaching careers that fall. Ms. Forster implemented a new art program at Richford Junior-Senior High School, designing the curriculum and teaching studio courses from basic drawing to painting, sculpture and ceramic arts. In subsequent years, Ms. Forster was employed in various administrative positions in academia and business, beginning with a move to Connersville, Indiana in 1976. Henceforth assuming amateur status, she continued to pursue her lifelong love of art wherever she resided. In 1980, she moved to the Spartanburg area where she began working for a small business engaged in international commerce within the textile industry. She continued working for this enterprise, currently DBA American Plant and Equipment, in Roebuck, SC until her illness necessitated her retirement. She truly appreciated life in the Spartanburg area with its many cultural activities and found great pleasure in the choir, other functions, and the people she came to know at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Survivors include: her sister, Doreen Sheridan and her husband, Robert Sheridan of Underhill Center, Vermont; her brother, Dennis Boyle and his former wife, Joan Emmons, and their children: nephew, Kevin Boyle and niece, Jody Boyle of Orchard Park, NY. She was predeceased by their other son, Afghan-war veteran, Sean Boyle. Her local “family”, namely her employer of 37 years, Victor Lebron, his son, Alex, Victor’s brother Juan Fernandez, and sister Carmen Vasquez also survive her. Additional survivors include her former husband, Paul F. Forster, various cousins and second cousins, and dear friends who have enjoyed her love and companionship through the years. The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers of the Hospice organization, and all the other personal attendants and loved ones who tried to minimize Cindy’s suffering. The family wants to express its unbounded gratitude for the unselfish devotion and gentle care given to Cindy by Juan Fernandez, who day and night tried to see to her every need during this difficult time. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. at The John Stinson Woodward Memorial Chapel, 602 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC. Funeral services will begin at 7:00 p.m. following the visitation. The Reverend Deborah Apoldo will officiate. F.E. Brown Funeral Services of Orchard Park, NY will arrange burial services. Interment and graveside services for the immediate family will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg, NY. Condolences may be sent to the Forster family at www.jwwoodwardfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Spartanburg County Foundation, 424 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. J.W. Woodward Funeral Home
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