Cynthia (Malavite) Solenthaler was called home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, after a short and courageous battle with Covid-19. Cynthia was 71 years “young”.
Born July 4, 1950, to Thomas and Jeannette Malavite, Cynthia grew up in East Sparta and graduated from Canton South High School. She met Harry Solenthaler at Ebenezer’s Restaurant in the 1980s and they wed on September 20, 1985. They were married for 36 memorable years.
Cynthia dedicated her life to her faith, to her work, and most of all to her family. She will be remembered as a wonderful and loving wife, mother, Yia Yia, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Her daughter and granddaughter were the center of her universe. She didn’t let a day go by without speaking or visiting with them. Her visits were spent playing for hours with her granddaughter, Sienna, until she was so tired, she would collapse on the couch. No matter how exhausted she was a times, you could tell she adored every minute of their time together.
Cynthia was selfless, honest, and genuine. She asked for so little in life but gave so much. She would’ve rather given her money to someone in need than put it in her own pocket. She was truly at her best when she was caring for others. Cynthia had a remedy for everything. There wasn’t a problem she couldn’t solve with a prayer, a hug, or more likely, a little Dawn dish soap and vinegar. Her work ethic was unmatched. She loved to clean and care for her clients and before that, she spent 15 years working as a waitress at TGI Friday’s. She was a gifted artist, and though she never pursued it professionally, she emanated the spirit of art in everything she did. Cynthia saw the beauty in everything and brought out the beauty in everyone. Everyone that has ever known her is better for it.
She was strong-willed and mentally tough. Some people have a quiet strength. Cynthia’s strength was loud. Almost as loud as her laughter. She had the most unique, infectious laugh that spread through a room like wildfire. Adventurous and free-spirited, she enjoyed camping, horseback riding, swimming, and cross-country road trips. Over the years, she slowed down a little and loved going out to eat, watching Joyce Meyer and her beloved Hallmark movies.
Cynthia was strong in her faith and even in the hardest of times, it never wavered. She dedicated her life to spreading the Lord’s message and love. Those that knew Cynthia, knew she was a woman of many, many words. But every single word she spoke was filled with love, compassion, wisdom, and hope. She enjoyed attending church at Faith Family and would quote the Bible to anyone who would listen. Aside from her family, Cynthia loved Jesus more than anyone. There is no doubt she embraced him at the gates of Heaven and perhaps even offered him a few tips on how to clean his Kingdom.
Cynthia is proceeded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jeannette Malavite. She is survived by her husband, Harry. Her daughter Demetria (Bob) Soles; her best buddy and granddaughter Sienna (Pookie), step-grandchildren Kristin Friend, Robby Soles and Dylan Soles; three sisters Kitty Butterfield, Vicki (Bill) Burgan, and Elaine (Darrell) Fether; two brothers, Timmy (Erin) Malavite and Tommy (Shirley) Malavite; her mother-in-law Joann Solenthaler; two brothers-in-law Dean Solenthaler and Eddie Solenthaler and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There is so much more that could be said about Cynthia, but the simplest thing to say is that there was no one on this earth like her and there never will be. Though she is gone far too soon, she will continue live on in the hearts of all the people she loved so dearly.
Cynthia devoted her life to caring for others. Now she can rest in peace and let God care for her.
Calling Hours will be held at Arnold Funeral Home, 1517 Market Ave. N., Canton on Monday, January 17, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Services to remember Cynthia and celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 11:00 am at Faith Family Church, 8200 Freedom Ave. NW, North Canton. Burial to immediately follow at Melsheimer Cemetery in East Sparta, Ohio.
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