Cynthia Penn Trauernicht passed away at the age of 69 on February 22, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer.
Beloved daughter of the late Margaret Wallace Trauernicht and the late Carl Trauernicht, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri. Devoted mother of Donald Sidney Abbey II (Christine Meyer Abbey) of St. Charles, Missouri. Dear sister of Margaret Christina Trauernicht (Donald Charles Piktialis) of Sebastian, Florida and Catharine Wallace Trauernicht (Kenneth Dunlop Scott) of McLean, Virginia. Dear aunt of Allison Scott of Alexandria, Virginia and Penn Scott of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cherished godmother to Annalisa Seib of St. Louis, Missouri. In the end, Cyndi was surrounded by her son, his wife, both her sisters, nephew, close friends, goddaughter, favorite caregivers, and a host of Visiting Angels.
Cyndi lived in the St. Louis area nearly all of her life. She graduated from Mary Institute and attended Millsaps College before receiving her bachelor's degree from Delta State University. She also attended graduate school with a concentration in Counseling Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
For most of her career, she worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services as a tenacious advocate in child support enforcement. Later, Cyndi found her calling in real estate. Cyndi got tremendous satisfaction helping clients find their dream homes and sell their existing homes. In the last decade, she worked for Red Key Realty Leaders St. Louis. Her customers relied on her honesty, competence, and dedication.
Cyndi took great pride in maintaining her family's 1968 candy apple red Mustang convertible and was a member of the local Mustang Club for many years. She also became a talented stained-glass artist.
She took tropical winter vacations with friends and enjoyed relaxing on pristine ocean beaches with island beverage in hand. She and her family traveled to Holland in 2015 to honor her father's service in the 34th Bombardment Group's food drops at the end of World War II. The week she spent in Paris was pure joie de vivre. Cyndi was always up for excitement. She loved storm chasing and relished her road trip across Oklahoma.
Cyndi was patriotic and loyal to our country. Although she was not a churchgoer in her adult years, she had deep faith. Some of her oldest and most enduring friendships were formed at Kirk of the Hills Youth Group.
She was a treasured friend, appreciated for her generosity and wry sense of humor. Interment will be at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. A memorial service and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, in accordance with her wishes.
Donations in Cyndi’s honor may be made to Open Door Animal Sanctuary, Wreaths Across America, or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.