After spending only a few moments with Cindy Roberts, it was easy to see that her life was rooted in something different, something deeper, and that something was her faith. She was gracious and kindhearted with a genuine love and concern for all who were near. Second only to her faith was the love that Cindy had for her family, and her devotion to her husband and children was easy to see. She had a great sense of humor, and she could certainly dish it out while being able to take it as well. Life was not without times of trial for Cindy, but her faith never wavered. Life will never be the same without her here, but she leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that her loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
The 1960s were an exciting time in American history. It was during this time that we elected the young John F. Kennedy, only to mourn his death a short time later, and civil rights came to the forefront Martin Luther King’s message of peace. As the decade came to an end, it was the United States that was victorious in the space race between our country and the Soviet Union as we were the ones who put the first man on the moon. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1964 when Dale and Dorthy (Mason) Genett were pleased to announce the birth of the baby girl they named Cindy Sue on February 5, 1964, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the fourth of seven children in her family as she had three older sisters: June, Marcella, and Linda, and three younger brothers: Jesse, Mark, and David. Cindy and her siblings were raised in the family home on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, and her parents were very dedicated to their faith. From the time she was a young girl Cindy’s relationship with God was a cornerstone in her life. They came from a farming background and were hardworking and resourceful people who let nothing go to waste. As a family the Genetts were very straight forward, direct, and frugal while at the same time they generously gave to others as they truly exemplified what it means to be the hands and feet of the God they loved. These values were deeply ingrained in Cindy, and they were magnified in her life as well.
Growing up, Cindy and her siblings had their fair share of chores and worked around the home. When Cindy found some free time she liked to run in the farm field across from their house to play with her brothers. It comes as no surprise that she wasn’t afraid to mix it up with her brothers, and it has been said that she was a bit of a tomboy, too. Cindy attended 66th Street School and went on to James Madison High School. Although she hated school and wanted to get out as soon as possible, she enjoyed secretarial classes.
Cindy was a faith-filled little girl, and her faith only blossomed as she got older. She was always around the Pentecostal Church, firstly Elim Tabernacle where her father was involved in the church ministries. Cindy could often be found under the church pews sleeping while her father was working or involved in ministries. Ready to embrace what she had been taught, she gave her life to Jesus and was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and received the Holy Ghost at Elim Tabernacle in 1974 at the age of 10. Several years later, the family became members of Northview United Pentecostal Church because it was closer to their home.
It was as a young woman that new and exciting changes were in store for Cindy when she met the young man of her dreams. His name was Dwight Roberts, and they had actually met at school when they were around 12. But it wasn’t until their paths crossed again through their work at church that the sparks flew. Cindy was working with toddlers as a Sunday school teacher at the time while Dwight was an usher there. She was excellent with the toddlers, too, as she treated them as her own, impacting the lives of several children in the process. Smitten, Cindy made a point of sitting right next to Dwight while he was taking care of his duties as an usher. She knew he was the right one for her, and in some ways she pursued him. Cindy and Dwight had their first date at Pizza Hut, and the rest is history, as they say. With a desire to establish a life together, they were married on April 18, 1987, at Northview United Pentecostal Church. Cindy worked for Milwaukee Transfer Electronics but later took a job as a secretary and receptionist at Victory Tool Company, Inc. She enjoyed her work and loved sharing the Word of God with customers.
Together Cindy and Dwight were blessed with four children: Greg in 1989, Amanda Christine in 1991, Katie in 1992, and Trevor in 2007. Sadly, Amanda only lived 14 days. As a mom, Cindy was frank and would tell you how it was. Although she didn’t show a lot of outward affection or emotion, it was easy for her kids to know they were loved by how she sacrificed for them. Cindy would go to the ends of the earth for her kids, and she was a tireless advocate for her son, Trevor, who was born with spina bifida. She was factual and to the point, and her words were few but powerful. Cindy had a way of snapping her fingers that communicated her authority. Although Cindy loved cooking, Dwight was the one who did all of the grocery shopping. However, Cindy always scrutinized the receipt! Strict and frugal, nothing went to waste in Cindy’s home while at the same time she was overly generous with others with both her time and resources. When she was on the receiving end of generosity, she was always greatly appreciative.
Throughout her life Cindy was a bustle of activity. She was an amazing hostess who loved having people over, which happened regularly. When the church’s youth group was over, she loved them as her own, and her house was often the place to be. Cindy loved playing the organ, which she did at both home and church, and she loved all the classic songs with “Sometimes it Takes a Mountain” being her absolute favorite. This song was a lifeline of strength to her during her battle with cancer. Cindy loved camping with her family, and they regularly went to the Dells and also to Missouri, Tennessee, and Florida. Over the years she gathered quite an extensive collection of snowmen.
Cindy and her loved ones were given a tough pill to swallow when she was diagnosed with a blood disease on March 27, 2015. She fought hard and continued to trust in the Lord, frequently calling on the name of Jesus.
All who knew Cindy Roberts would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. She was fun-loving and vibrant with a contagious zest for life. Cindy was resourceful and creative, the sort of person who kept everything, and her heart was as big as they come. It was easy to see how deeply she loved others by her acts of service, and her faith was her constant companion. A beloved wife and mother, Cindy will be forever missed.
Cindy Sue Roberts died on February 4, 2016. Cindy’s family includes her husband Dwight; children, Gregory (Kristin) Roberts, Katie (Anthony) Thompson, and Trevor Roberts; parents, Dale and Dorthy Genett; siblings, June Montgomery, Marcella Funck, Linda (Jayson) Fischer, Mark Genett, and David (Linda) Genett; and other relatives and friends. Cindy was preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda Christine, and brother, Jesse Genett. Family and friends will gather on Sunday February 7, 2016, at Christian Life Church 2909 W. Mequon Rd. Mequon, WI 53092 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of Funeral Service at 5:00 p.m. Please visit SuminskiFuneralHome.com to share a memory or leave condolences to the family.
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