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Cynthia Rose 

A  gathering to celebrate Cynthia’s will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Bushy’s Pub & Grill, S67W14831 Janesville Rd, Muskego, WI  53150

Cynthia Rose Nye

(nee Angus) April 9, 2022, age 80 years.  Beloved wife of Harold.  Loving mother of Deborah (Thomas) Heinze and Curtis Nye. Cherished grandmother of Derek (Jessica) Nye.  Proud great-grandmother of Austin and Genevieve Nye.  Dear sister of Judy (Robert) Hodell, her twin brother Russell Scott (Mary Ann) Angus and the late Daniel Bruce Angus.  Further survived by many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Cynthia was born July 25, 1941 in Washburn (Bayfield County), Wisconsin. Madeline Island is where she spent her childhood, and her family lineage dates back to 1835. She, along with her brother, were the first twins to live on the Island. Her parents owned the Island Grocery, and Cynthia had many jobs there at a young age. She would help her father, then a commercial fisherman, set nets under the winter ice on Lake Superior. She was a cheerleader at Ashland High School and graduated in 1959.

Pursuing a career in finance, Cynthia held positions from bank teller to an employee at the stock market. She first headed west to California, where she worked as a bank teller in San Francisco for 6 months. Her love for baseball brought her back to Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee. She met the love of her life, Harold and married on February 17th, 1961. Together they raised a daughter and a son.

Cynthia became a homemaker and discovered a passion for sewing. For 50+ years, she was a seamstress for thousands of clients. Many included wedding/bridesmaids’ dresses & Irish dance dresses for family and friends. From alterations to odd jobs, there was nothing impossible for Cynthia. She became an assistant manager for a clothing store in the Southridge shopping center. She owned an outdoor sign installation company, erecting and repairing many restaurant & hotel signs along Interstate 94. She also owned and operated an embroidery company for 15+ years. On top of that, she had many roles, including book keeper, within her husband’s steel rule die company. Hard work pays off, as she and her husband were able to build their forever home in 1991.

Cynthia was an avid traveler. Whether it was on business or recreation, she wanted to see the world. Some of her favorite destinations were to California and Arizona. She had numerous vacations overseas. Trips to Ireland and Switzerland were memorable in so many ways for her.

Cynthia cherished the deep roots of her family tree and its history. No matter how many cousins, nieces and nephews there are, she stayed in great contact with all of them. She has instilled that knowledge into her children (and grandson) and they will continue that legacy. Her family history can be found at the “Angus House” located at the Madeline Island Historic Preservation Association (MIHPA).

In lieu of flowers, please share your memories of Cynthia or consider a donation to MIHPA.

Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association, PO Box 250, La Pointe, WI  54850-0250


  1. Dennis and Sharon Osmanski April 14, 2022 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Dear Harold, Dennis and I just met you and Cynthia at the High Kings a mere month ago! We are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed sharing a table with you and all the conversation we had with you. Hope we see you around Milwaukee’s Irish community in the future, Dennis and Sharon Osmanski9

  2. The Mc Gillivray Family April 14, 2022 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Cynthia altered many Irish dance dresses for us over the years and was always so kind, caring, and genuine. I’m sad to hear the world has lost such a lovely person.
    She will be missed by many

  3. Lori Conrad April 14, 2022 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Cynthia was such a sweet and caring lady. So welcoming. She always made herself available to help to make sure our Irish dancing community was taken care of. I’m sure this was just one if her many talents. She will be missed dearly.

  4. Nancy Krajniak Volz April 14, 2022 at 10:08 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear this sad news; she was an icon and such a great friend to our family. So many memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Gabrielle Mihelich April 14, 2022 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Cynthia was so kind to our family I always looked forward to seeing her. She made sure my girls looked great in their Irish Dance dresses for years and then moved on to homecoming , prom and graduation dresses.
    She was a magician so talented and always keeping up with my girls. You will be missed. All our love to your family.

  6. Judy Kremski April 15, 2022 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Dear Harold and family .I am so shocked and sad for the loss of Cynthia our deepest sympathy to you.She was a fantastic,friend,warm hearted woman.I will miss her but always in my heart.❤️Judy & Marv

  7. The Hulse Family April 16, 2022 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    We met Cynthia just this past summer as she altered my daughter’s Irish Dance dress. She was always so welcoming and sweet. She was so talented! We were very sad to hear of her passing! Prayers for the family!

  8. Cile Naumann April 17, 2022 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Dear Harold and family,
    On behalf of the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of our wonderful friend Cynthia. Not only was she an incredible supporter of MIHPA, but we cherished her enthusiasm for Island history and her generosity in helping out wherever possible to make the Angus Building and our Heritage Center an asset to the Island community. We will miss her very much.
    The MIHPA Board of Directors

  9. Nicole April 20, 2022 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Cynthia also made dresses for me. She made a homecoming and prom dress for me from just a picture. She also assisted with my wedding by making flower girl dresses. She was very talented and kind. Rest In Peace.

  10. Kay (Sundberg ) Harris April 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Cynthia, condolences to you Harold & Nye family, fond memories of friend & neighbors & our kids playing together

  11. Russell Scott and Maryann Angus April 22, 2022 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I/we will feel the loss of Cynthia for a very long time. Being born to Madeline Islanders, we had so much fun and joy growing up, going to a school for eight years growing knowledge, then going away to high school with much more fun, and then leaving for the big city for life’s challenges and rewards to explore and share the later formation of our families.
    In all of our shared endeavors, seeing our children lead productive and happy lives, we will never forget your warm personality, your gift of seeking neighborliness, helping many less fortunate, you always started your days with a positive drive and positive attitude.
    Your skills with people lead you to business successes, and turned hobbies into a professional dress making career. And you conducted your life management skills with a spirit for your clients and your family’s needs.
    And lastly you always put your family, and our Angus/Nye family members first and kept a strong kinship for a lifetime. With all of our love, Bon Voyage for your next adventures. We will meet again.

    You have been blessed,

    Russell Scott and Maryann K. Angus
    And our children’s families,
    Erianna D. Flores and Family
    Sean D. and Serena Angus and Family

  12. Mary Swanson April 23, 2022 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    You have my deepest sympathy and I wish I could be there at this time. Love Mary Swanson.

  13. Anita KOPACZEWSKI April 24, 2022 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Dear family, Praying for all of you.
    Please accept our most sincere condolences.
    Paul and Anita KOPACZEWSKI

  14. Jill Hewitt April 24, 2022 at 11:18 am - Reply

    A Casual Corners fellow co-worker whose skills carried her into management. I can still see Cynthia in the store helping customers and ensuring everyone had their bases covered. She was a special kind of woman that left a lasting impression on those around her. Rest in peace Cynthia. Jill Abler-Hewitt

  15. Barbara Domir April 26, 2022 at 11:17 am - Reply

    So shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of my dear cousin. She always seemed invincible and really kept up with her huge extended family. I will never forget how helpful she was when I wanted to bring my Mom’s ashes to be buried on Madeline Island next to her Mom. She arranged for the marker and gave me all the information to set it up, then came for the event. It was so kind and gave me a chance to spend a little time with her. Rest In Peace.🙏🏼

  16. Judy Christenson May 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Dear Harold, Russ and family, I just learned of Cynthia’s death and am so shocked and saddened . We had been in touch just this past fall by email, hoping to gather with her and other AHS (class of 59) classmates sometime soon.. My sympathy to all of you.
    Judy (Johnson) Christenson, Madison WI

  17. tracey thuerman May 9, 2022 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Well, it’s been one month since our dear Cynthia’s passing. I want to honor her spirit and zest for life. A ray of sunshine entered the room when she came into it. Her love of family, hard work, and island heritage was right there for all to see. I cherished her positive attitude at troubleshooting when we worked together and I loved the way Cynthia valued people. My verse for the day on April 9th was Proverbs 31:13. That was for her. Dear Harold and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Maybe, when we think of Cynthia we could treat others as she might have. -go that extra mile, -make someone’s day, -embrace our heritage, -fix a nice meal for a loved one just because….. I always felt that she would be here because she was ageless with energy. -that’s what I hoped, anyway. The last time that I saw her, she was out having lunch with a friend in March. Her, in her beautiful purple angora sweater, giving hugs, making introductions. I will always cherish that memory. Sincerely, Tracey Thuerman South Milwaukee, WI

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