Cynthia Lee Wiese, 45, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 10, 2005

A service of worship and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.12, at United Methodist Church, Albert Lea, to celebrate the gift of eternal life for Cynthia Lee Wiese. The Rev. John Bromeland will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, and one hour before at the service at the church.

Cyndi died on Wednesday,

Feb. 9, 2005, after her body could no longer maintain her spirit after a two year battle with cancer.

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She was 45 years old.

Cyndi was born on Oct. 1, 1959, in Laguna Beach, Calif., and was raised on a farm near Ledyard, Iowa. She attended Luther College and received a BA in Biology and Psychology in 1982, and received her BS in nursing from Creighton University in 1983. She completed her masters in nursing along with certification as a nurse practitioner in 1996. Cyndi was honored to be able to provide health care to the Alden Community from 1996 to 2001, and Cyndi was delighted

to be working as an instructor of nursing at Riverland Community College when she became ill and could no longer work.

During her two year struggle with cancer, Cyndi was able to spend much more time studying her Bible which brought her great strength for each hurdle she faced. Sharing her faith with others brought her profound joy in a way she had never experienced before.

Cyndi met her best friend, Steve Wiese at Luther College.They were married on Aug. 6, 1983, and were blessed with three amazing sons. Tyler, age 19, is a freshman at Luther College; Isaac, age 16, is a sophomore at ALHS; and Noah, age 4 1/2, attends Montessori Preschool. Cyndi’s greatest peace came from seeing the faith of her children grow through the struggles they encountered these past two years.

Cyndi was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi, International graduate Honor Society. Cyndi was a member of the United Methodist Church of Albert Lea and had enjoyed teaching Sunday School there. She had also served on the YMCA board. Cyndi and her family have been overwhelmed and humbled by the generous support, love, and concern shown to them by their church and community these past two years. Seeing the body of Christ working in such a profound way has done so much to strengthen the faith of Cyndi’s family.

Cyndi is survived by her husband, Steve Wiese, and their three sons:Tyler, Isaac, and Noah; her parents: Earl and Jeane Cowin of Ledyard, Iowa; grandmother, Bernice Drozd of

New York; a brother, John Cowin and his wife Sharon and their daughter, Olivia, of Ledyard, Iowa; sister, Crysti Neuman and husband Paul and their children: Taylor, Travis and Trevor, of Salem, Wis.; father- and mother-in-law: Robert and Marcia Wiese of Gladbrook, Iowa; sister-in-law, Cheryl Wiese and her daughter, Quinn, of Des Moines, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Scott and wife Renee Wiese of Gladbrook, Iowa. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: John and Ottie Brandt; paternal grandparent, Prince Albert Cowin; and also two children in pregnancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church, Youth for Christ, or the India Health Foundation where a woman’s health program is being established in Cyndi’s memory in Hyderabad, India.