Cynthia J. (Borga) Bens

Cynthia J. (Borga) Bens

MANISTIQUE — Cynthia J. (Borga) Bens, 61, of 7873W US Highway 2, Manistique, passed away peacefully at her home in Manistique with her husband and children at her side.

Cyndi was born April 22, 1956, in Garden, the daughter of Victor and Mary (Michaud) Borga, and moved to Iron Mountain as a child. She was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School. She continued her education at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minn., where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

On Aug. 31, 1985, the former Cynthia L. Borga married Stephen L. Bens at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain. They made their home in Ann Arbor.

Cyndi worked for a number of years at Environmental Research Institute of Michigan as a government contract specialist. Later she worked at the Eisenhower Center in Ann Arbor — a closed head injury facility, as an activities director.

She loved helping people and lived life to its fullest. She enjoyed cooking and sewing, along with oil and acrylic painting. She and husband Steve had moved to Manistique 14 months ago to retire in their new dream home.

Cyndi is survived by her husband, Stephen L. Bens of Manistique; children, Cody Bens of Ann Arbor and Stephanie Bens of Seattle; brother, Bill Borga of Norway; sisters, Celeste Hilgart of Marshfield, Wis., Rosalie Mayfield of Chelsea, Bernadette Nelson of Urbana, Ill., and Angela Gendron of Iron Mountain; along with nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marci Arnett.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Celebrant Carole Cooper officiating.

Cyndi was my Best Friend. But I don’t know if I told her that enough. Sure, we always said we loved each other; but it was even more than that.

When Cyndi talked, she laughed. When she walked, she danced.

Cyndi and I grew old together; but when we laughed, we grew younger.

It is my greatest hope that a few years here on Earth will be just a few minutes in Heaven. I asked her to go slow so that I could catch up. She said she would.

Wouldn’t it be grand to attend your own funeral? See all the people who came to celebrate your life; and hear all the nice things said about you?

Well, if Cyndi was here today, I’d tell her; “Congratulations on being a great lady; and Thank You for being my Friend!”

I will always Love You, Cyndi. Always!

Your Loving Husband,