Cynthia Kay Gapter
Cynthia Kay Gapter
March 08, 1956 ‐ January 28, 2021
Cynthia Kay (Graf) Gapter, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Cindy was born March 8, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of the late Jack and Phyllis (Harroun) Graf. She was a kind and loving women who loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Cindy was a faithful pastor's wife who shared in her husband's ministry. She was a gifted singer (first Soprano), who used her talent to glorify God. She was a talented Bible teacher, writer, and public speaker. Cindy enjoyed studying the Word of God and reading Christian books. She loved working in the yard with flowers and gardening, along with crafting and decorating the house. She was a Rainbow Girl and then a 45+ year member of the Eastern Star and was a past Worthy Matron of the River Chapter in Rocky River, Ohio. Cindy received her B. S. Degree in Industrial Psychologyand her MBA Degree from Cleveland State University. She worked for over 30 years at Dorn Color, Inc. in sales and marketing. She also worked for Caldwell Color and Sampling International. Cindy was an active member of Color Marketing Group as a National Sales Manager. She also enjoyed sports and fitness, running numerous marathons and competing in Triathlons. She placed 3rd for females, 39 and under, at the 12th annual Columbus Marathon in 1991. Cindy was the first female president of the Cleveland Athletic Club in Cleveland, Ohio and was awarded the Cleveland Athletic Club 1999 Sportswoman of the year award. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Harrison D. Gapter of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Barrie Lee Graf. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Connie Sue Graf. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jenkins Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Fallen Timbers Union Cemetery, Waterville, Ohio. Memorials in Cindy's memory may be made to the St. Mark Lutheran Church Property Endowment Fund, 16933 Thiele Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46819. Rocky River Chapter O.E.S., service Thursday February 11 at 8:00pm. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com for the Gapter family.
I first knew Cindy as a teen age girl in Rainbows when I was a Mom and working with the girls. She was a very sweet young lady. I remember her whole family as one of the fun families in Rainbows. After I joined the Bay Rainbow Friends group Cindy extended a friend request and I have enjoyed getting to know her better and seeing what an amazing woman she had become. I will miss her but feel very blessed to have gotten this chance to know her again. My heart goes out to her family.
My deepest sympathies. No words can express my sadness at this time. Cindy was a true angel on Earth. Kind, compassionate and loving to everyone she met. She walked into a room and immediately brightened it up. I was so blessed to have known her.