Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.
My mom, Cynthia Möller passed away on July 28, 2017 at the age of 87. My sister Michelle and I and our family are deeply grateful for the life of our mom and she will be greatly missed. The love and care she showed to us and so many others will never be forgotten. We are so appreciative of all the support that has been shown to us during the time of our dad's illness and passing and also the last nine months as we have cared for our mom.
I (Lyn) have created this memorial page as it is the easiest way to share the richness of Mom's life with family and friends.
We were so delighted that Cynthia's pastor, Jay Abramson could lead the service and are deeply grateful for all the support from Valley Community Bible Church in Avon, Connecticut.
It is hard to select just a few photos to capture someone's life, but we tried! Enjoy the video tribute we played at the Memorial Service:
It was not difficult to plan the Memorial Service because Cynthia had written down in the front of her very well worn Bible which songs and Scriptures she wanted! We were able to have all the songs in the service, both as a solo and as hymns that we sang together.
Cynthia had underlined this phrase in the front of her Bible, "Cry not because it is over. Smile because it was." Good words. She had written that she wanted her epitaph to read, "She was useful to the Master", but because Elton passed away first, she chose the verse, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord".
This was the Scripture that Cynthia had chosen for both her husband Elton's service and her own! The truth of this passage was deeply ingrained in her and sustained her all along. You can see all the underlining and notes in her Bible.
2 Corinthians 5: 1-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.
Order of Service:
- Video Tribute
- Welcome and Invocation: Pastor Jay Abramson
- Psalm 23 in Hebrew: Robin Cunningham
- Testimonials from Hawaii Bible Study friends: Jo-Ann Andrejczyk
- Testimonials from VCBC Bible Study friends: Carolyn McCallum
- Solo: I Then Shall Live: Pastor Tim Ponzani
- Words of Grateful Remembrance: Family Members
- Song: He Knows my Name
- Blessing written by Cynthia: Ryan van der Harst
- Words of Hope: Pastor Jay
- Hymn: How Great Thou Art
The Memorial Service:
After Pastor Jay welcomed the congregation, Cynthia's dear friend, Robin Cunningham read Psalm 23 in Hebrew, which was very beautiful.
Michelle and Lyn wanted to share one of the most significant aspects of Cynthia’s life and ministry and that was her love for the Word of God and her desire to encourage others to understand God’s truth. They invited women from Cynthia’s two most recent Bible Studies to share what she meant to them. Michelle and Lyn have been blessed by the all the words that people wrote. They edited the comments due to time constraints. Jo-Ann Andrejczyk read the testimonies from Cynthia’s Hawaiian Bible Study. Cynthia knew Jo-Ann and her family in South Africa from when Jo-Ann was about 3 years old. Carolyn McCallum, who is now teaching Cynthia’s study, read the testimonials from her Valley Christian Bible Church friends. To read and download the testimonies, click here: Cynthia's Bible Study Ministry
A Kaleidoscope of Blessings
Cynthia wrote a blessing for her two daughters and it is published in her book of poems, Echoes from a Woman’s Heart. Michelle and Lyn re-printed the book to give to those who attended the memorial service. They were encouraged to read the poems about the various women as they studied the Scriptures, use as a devotional or share with someone else. We trust that the words that Cynthia wrote will be an encouragement to many. Please contact Lyn or Michelle if you would like a copy of Cynthia's poems.
Cynthia's grandson Ryan read A Kaleidoscope of Blessings:
"Now as it happened, Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other children, because Joseph was born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob gave him a special gift—an ornamented tunic. Genesis 37: I wrote A Kaleidoscope of Blessings as my special gift to our two daughters. It is based on the life of Joseph and his father Jacob’s love and blessings for him."
You are welcome to download A Kaleidoscope of Blessings to speak over yourself and your family.
Words of Grateful Remembrance
Michelle and her husband Hubert, Lyn and her husband Brett all shared words of remembrance (Lyn shared Brett's comments). It is not easy to try and capture the essence of someone's life in a few paragraphs and it is also hard to stand up and speak without being overcome with emotion. We didn't share what we had written until we had all completed our thoughts. It was interesting how many of us had shared the same attributes and even phrases of Cynthia's! An evidence of her consistent character! You can read and download the eulogies here:
Cynthia trained as a primary school teacher and loved her role as a teacher to children and then as a Bible teacher throughout her adult life. We thought it fitting to honor Cynthia by giving a donation to a school in a very needy community in George, South Africa. Readers/text books and library books will be purchased for a new First Grade classroom at Life Christian Academy.
Tax-deductible donations can be made out to IRM and sent to IRM, PO Box 444, Leechburg, PA 15656, USA. Please add a note stating, “In Memory of Cynthia Moller”. For those unable to send a check, Bank Details in the USA are: IRM/LCS, Bank: First Commonwealth Routing Number: 043306826, Account Number: 0048163317, Swift: FICWUS33
Lyn visited the classroom in South Africa and shares her thoughts in this video:
Sincere thanks from our family
So many people have reached out and supported us with food, flowers, cards filled with kind words, phone calls and prayer. We cannot begin to contact everyone, but we would like to thank each person who has been so very kind to us during this difficult season. We are so very thankful to God for the many ways in which He has worked and provided, guided, sustained and led us all, including Cynthia. We can truly say that God is good and He has provided for us all!
P.S. During the period of Cynthia's illness, I (Lyn) shared a testimony of God's amazing goodness to us after our dad, Elton's stroke and in the midst of what was currently happening with my mom. This video is 7 minutes long, but I know you will be inspired and encouraged by the story. And maybe at some point, I will update the video with the rest of the story!