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Cynthia Ann Folio, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from complications from cancer.
She is survived by her daughter, Natalie Ann Raabe; his four younger siblings, Judith Beattie (James), Christopher Folio, Michael Folio and Phillip Folio; his two nephews, Alexander and Nicholas Beattie, and his niece, Isabella Folio. She is also survived by many cousins, extended family and longtime friends, including Pat Skunda, Julie Bradley and Bob Bradley.
She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Meata and Jennie Folio, and her dear friend Michael Skunda.
Cindy was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised in Hopedale, Ohio. She thrived academically, balancing her studies with a robust after-school program. She was the Salvatorian at Hopedale High School, a member of the National Honor Society, tomorrow’s head of state in Ohio, prom queen, cheerleader, church organist, and long-time member of the 4-H.
Cindy attended Ohio State University and Ohio University and graduated from the Mount Carmel School of Nursing. She maintained her nursing license until 2018 and enjoyed her time working at Mount Carmel.
Cindy’s most expensive job was to be Natalie’s mother. She was a dedicated mother, attending Natalie’s lacrosse and tennis games, making generous contributions to her high school and university, and talking about her daughter’s accomplishments with anyone who wanted to listen. For years her license plate was MOM OF 1. Natalie felt – and continues to feel – the power of her mother’s unconditional love, support and pride.
Cindy was a longtime Democrat and was the happiest discussing politics, especially if you weren’t a Democrat! True to her generous nature, she was open to the political views of the people and welcomed and encouraged debate.
She devoured current news and events and was an avid CNN and MSNBC watcher. Natalie thinks that if she hadn’t been a nurse, she would have been a journalist. She loved to learn more about people and their lives. She asked countless questions about someone’s family (kids were a favorite topic), remembered all the details, and followed up with more questions on her next visit. Natalie, who has worked in the news industry her entire career, is sure her mother would have thrived in a newsroom.
Both groups of Cindy’s grandparents emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy and she was immensely proud of her Italian-American heritage. If you were Italian, you had immediate contact with Cindy. She loved Italian food, including stuffed shells (one of her specialties), meatballs, gnocchi, wedding soup, and antipasti. In recent years, Natalie has loved giving her mom an Italian spread with all of their favorite foods, plus wine, of course.
Natalie describes Cindy as the most amazing person she has ever known. Living with mental illness for most of her life, Cindy possessed a seemingly endless store of resilience and inner strength. The family motto is Folio Strong, which Cindy personified. She was an incredible defender of herself. And she was carried by her daughter, parents, siblings, extended family and circle of friends, who loved and supported her unconditionally. She will be dearly missed, but her legacy will be continued by Natalie and all who knew her.
Calling hours are Thursday, December 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schoedinger Funeral Home in Worthington (6699 North High Street). A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where Cindy was a parishioner, on Friday, December 3 at 10:30 am (1899 McCoy Road).
Face masks are mandatory and the COVID protocol will be followed in both cases.
Cindy will be buried alongside her parents in Hopedale in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cindy’s name to the Mount Carmel College of Nursing Scholarship Fund (127 South Davis Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43222, or https: //donor.mount carmelfoundation.org/. The family would love thank the team at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, where Cindy received the best medical care during her illness, and the OhioHealth Hospice, who helped bring so much peace to her last days. for the care and community provided by the Laurels of Norworth in Worthington.
You can visit Cindy’s Memorial Tribute page at www.schoedinger.com.