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Cynthia Ann Benz

September 18, 1950 — May 29, 2024

Cynthia Ann Benz, passed away peacefully in her home with her loving husband by her side on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024.  She will be remembered for the profound impact she had on those around her.

Cindy's journey began in St. Paul, Minnesota and was enriched by the nurturing embrace of a loving extended family in Hudson, Wisconsin. In 1978, she embarked on a new chapter in New Mexico. Settling in Rio Rancho, Cindy dedicated 24 years of service to the City of Rio Rancho before retiring due to health reasons.  Known for her unwavering dedication, Cindy proudly served as the president of the AFSCME union chapter, generously volunteered as an EMT and firefighter, and shared her passion for fitness as a beloved instructor who believed in the power of daily exercise to uplift lives.  Cindy opened her home to rescue birds and dogs.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Cindy's love for family and adventure shone brightly. Her travels were not just journeys but opportunities to foster connections with loved ones; a trip to Sweden held a special place in her heart as she reunited with cousins and explored her grandmother's cherished family home in Hemsjo. Whether celebrating at church gatherings, Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas festivities or camping escapades, Cindy treasured every moment spent with family, friends and animals — her vibrant spirit lighting up every occasion she graced.  

In Cindy's absence, she leaves behind cherished memories that will forever resonate with those whose lives she touched deeply. Cynthia is preceded in death by her father Paul Carlson, mother Georgie Ann Vihstadt, stepfather William Vihstadt, and grandmother Christine Elizabeth Sherley Solsvig.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, David Roy Benz; loving brother Gregory Jon Carlson; daughters JoAnna Pearson Sparks and Christine Pearson (Joseph) Smith; step-sister Coralee (Dennis) Storch and their family; grandchildren Kaela Pearson, Austin Lewis, Kylee Lewis; step-children Heather (Jeff) Ashworth, Amy (Bryan) McDonald, Matthew (Sara) Benz; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Cynthia Ann Benz's legacy of kindness, dedication to service, and boundless love for family will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have known her. May she rest in eternal peace.
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