Cynthia (Cindy) Louise Hido Soltys, 55, of Edinboro, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at her home. She was born Jan. 18, 1958, in Erie, a daughter of Arline (Balla) and the late George Hido.
Cindy was a 1975 graduate of General McLane High School and chosen as Faculty Choice for commencement. She began her college education at Gannon College and completed her bachelor of science degree at Pennsylvania State University in agricultural business with honors. While attending college, she worked at York Steak House, where she met her future husband, Greg Soltys. Happily married for 31 years, Greg and Cindy were a team in life, including these last two difficult years battling head and neck cancer. Cindy’s faith never wavered, and showed by example, “We can truly do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
Cindy had a special relationship with Frank’s Farm Market family and worked there with pleasure for most of her life, originally in the strawberry fields, and then in the market.
Cindy was a life-long member of St. Francis Xavier Church in McKean, where she taught religious education classes. She volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank for 20 years. She also volunteered at the Kid’s Café after-school program for many years, started the Kid’s Café vegetable garden behind the Art House and re-established the flower garden in front of the Kid’s Café (St. Mary’s School). She was a very active member of the Penn State Master Gardener program for 21 years, having served in many different capacities.
Cindy’s greatest pleasure came from her time spent outdoors, whether it be gardening, seeking out and identifying new wildflowers and observing nature. She found tremendous joy in sharing her knowledge with others. Cindy also played volleyball and soccer from her college days onward.
Survivors include her mother, Arline; five sisters, Kathy (Doug) Hiegel of Holly Springs, N.C., Rebecca Dusicsko of Girard, Loretta Hido of Sedona, Ariz., Jean Vommoro of Indianapolis, Ind., and Brenda (Chris) Henry of Fredericksburg, Va.; two brothers, Patrick (Barbara) Hido of Girard and Mark Hido of Edinboro (Caroline Zappitelli of Conneaut, Ohio); Joseph Dusicsko of Lake City and Mark Vommoro of Fairview; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all of our dear friends who gave us an outpouring of love, cards, letters and spiritual support during the difficult journey of her disease.
Friends may call at Dusckas Martin Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Road, Erie, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church in McKean, with Father Mark Nowak officiating, followed by burial at St. James Cemetery in Crossingville. All are welcome to attend a luncheon at 1 a.m. at Edinboro Veterans of Foreign Wars on Route 98.
Memorials may be made to Emmaus Ministries, 345 E. Ninth St. Erie, Pa. 16503.