Cynthia M. Engels, 69, of Frisbeetown Rd, Union City, passed away of cancer on June 6. Cindy was born on May 16, 1953, the daughter of George and Charlotte Brown. After graduating from Cambridge Springs High School in 1971, Cindy married Michael Gardner and gave birth to Chad. Cindy was remarried in 1982 to the love of her life, Jack Engels. Cindy managed the parts department at Snap-Tite in Erie for many years and then found a job that fit her passion for animals at Union City Veterinary Clinic.

Cindy was a terrific piano player, high school athlete, and billiards player in her younger years. She had a lifelong love and collection of horses, dogs, and cats. Cindy attended friends’ live music performances, traveled perennially with Jack to remote Montana mountains, fed bears at their Allegheny Forest cabin, and created a backyard sanctuary for orioles. Cindy was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who made family vacations and holiday celebrations extravagant.

Cindy was predeceased by father, George Brown, mother, Charlotte Brown, and brother Jim Brown. She is survived by husband, Jack Engels, brother, Ben Brown, son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Natalia Gardner, and grandsons, Enoch and Caleb.

Friends and family are welcome to an open-house celebration of Cindy’s life on Saturday, July 2nd from 12:00 – 2:30 pm at the Mill Village Volunteer Fire Hall.