Cynthia McPherson

Cynthia McPherson

November 4, 1948 June 27, 2019

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Obituary for Cynthia "Cindy" McPherson

Cynthia “Cindy” McPherson, 70, of Saline, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2019. She was born on November 4, 1948, to parents Jack and Pauline “Dottie” Burcroff.She graduated from Belleville High School in 1966. Following high school, she attended the University of Michigan and earned a bachelor’s degree in French Languages and Education in 1970. In 1976, Cindy married William McPherson V on August 12th. She began her teaching career at the junior high school of Van Buren School System and eventually moved to the high school teaching English and French. Cindy enjoyed teaching French and looked forward to traveling to France with her students and planning exchanges between Belleville High School and the high school in Chatellerault, France. In 1991, she was honored to be chosen for the Newsweek- WDIV Outstanding Teacher Award “Golden Apple.” In 33 years of teaching, she influenced numerous students who went on to successful careers, several of whom became teachers of French.She was a loyal member of Chi Omega sorority where she developed life-long friendships. Cindy loved U of M sports teams and, along with her husband, was an avid supporter of football and basketball teams. She enjoyed traveling, taking numerous trips to France and various destinations within the US, with her husband. After retirement, she began volunteering for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s Shape Down program. This work remained very important to her and gave her great purpose. Despite breathing difficulties, she remained active and enjoyed exercise on her treadmill. The exercise helped her remain mobile throughout her illness. Cindy is survived by her husband of almost 43 years, William McPherson V; her sister, Beth (Charles) Mancherian; her uncle, Paul (Beverly) Burcroff; her sister-in-law, Elizabeth (David) Cregger; her nieces, Keven Mancherian and Alexis Cregger; her nephews, Warren Mancherian and Michael Cregger; and many cousins. A day rarely went by without the sisters seeing one another or a minimum of at least three extended telephones calls. She will also be deeply missed by her cairn terrier, Berman, who knew her as “Mommie.”She will be missed by friends and family who will remember her as a loyal friend and beautiful person, both inwardly and out. You could always count on a smile from Cindy.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Solanus Casey Center (1780 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207), the Yankee Air Museum (47884 D St., Belleville, MI 48111), or the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Michigan (16195 W. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118). In accordance with Cindy’s wishes, private cremation services have taken place. A celebration of life event will take place at a later date.

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Sherry “Fitzwilliams” Kenyon

Madame! She was my favorite teacher- ever. I loved French class and learning more about the French culture. She made learning fun. I was so lucky to be one of the French classes that was able to travel to France. What great memories. We all meet at her house after all the pictures were developed and had a picture show. Such a wonderful time and memory. I even helped Madame during a study hour session and we would laugh and talk a lot. I even returned to Belleville years after high school and she helped with recruiting efforts for my employer. Sad she is gone but so very lucky to have known and been influenced by her. :heart: Sherry “Fitwilliams “ Kenyon ‘82
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I'm so sorry for your loss Bill and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,Luke Donahue
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Jan Leonard

Cindy was a talented, creative special person---far too young to leave her loved ones so soon. Bill, Beth, and Chuck, my sincere blessings in the loss of your special loved one.May many stars shine upon you.May God's Grace and Blessings keep you in his Care Lovingly, Jan Leonard
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Charlotte Whitney

I loved getting to know a Cindy in Beth’s exercise classes. Cindy was always warm, kind, and smiling. I was not surprised to find out she had been a teacher. She kept Beth organized and was always a sweet, gentle presence. Charlotte
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