Cynthia Joan Rivers, age 62 of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, December 30, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Green Bay, surrounded by her loving family.
Cindy was born in Marquette, Michigan on May 6, 1956, the daughter of Albert and Frances (Casimir) Williams. She was raised in Gladstone and was a graduate of Gladstone High School.
On May 26, 1973, Cindy was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edward Wyatt Rivers, and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Gladstone. After raising their three daughters, Cindy and Ed, adopted their grandson, Ashton.
Cindy worked at Delta County Solid Waste Management for 23 years where she was lovingly known as the “dump lady”. She made many friends throughout her work life and always greeted her customers with a bright friendly smile. Cindy retired from the landfill at the end of 2017 when her family relocated to Green Bay.
Cindy was a kind, strong, and spirited person. She had a deep love for her family and treasured each and every moment spent with them. She truly found joy and excitement in EVERYTHING, every adventure, every bite, every beach, every cocktail, every campground, every casino, every back road, every concert, every sunny day, every game of cards, every holiday, every popsicle, and every completed crossword puzzle. She was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, even through the rough years. She loved traveling and exploring new places. Cindy was an avid hunter and looked forward to hunting season spent at deer camp each year, where she almost always shot a bigger Buck than her husband, Ed. She was always the first one at a party and the last one to go to sleep; afraid she was going to miss something. Even though her years here on earth may not have been long, Cindy squeezed so much life into each minute. She was rare, beautiful, and unique. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
In addition to her loving husband of 45 years, Ed, Cindy is survived by:
Daughters: Angel Smith, Julie (Trevor) Wahl and Melissa “Boo” Rivers
Sisters: Connie Downing, Julie (Gary) Machinski and Eileen (Terry) Gustafson
Grandchildren: Arianna, Delaney, Ashton, Olivia, Colton, Adeline, Owen, and Emmett
Great Grandson: Jack
Special Friends: Jolly and Sheila
Also listed among the surviving family are many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cindy’s parents, Albert and Frances and her brother, David Williams preceded her in death.
Cindy’s family will receive friends on Friday January 4, 2019, from 2:30PM to 5:30PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will follow visiting hours on Friday, at 6:00PM, at All Saints Church in Gladstone, with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Fellowship Hall. Cindy will be laid to rest in the Perkins Cemetery in the spring. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.
Per Cindy’s request, bright colored clothing is welcome at the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Cindy’s family for a memorial fund to be established in the future.