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Cynthia G. Fischer
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 6, 1950
  • Place of birth:
    St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 17, 2018
  • Place of passing:
    New York, New York, United States
Never give up doing the right thing.


This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Cynthia Fischer, 67, born on December 6, 1950 and passed away on January 17, 2018. We will love and remember her forever.

A memorial tribute of her life will be held at the Joyce Theater in New York on March 4, 2018 at 1:30pm.  All are welcome.

Please take a moment to leave a tribute and to sign the guest registry.  A memory, a photo, a story or any remembrance would be welcomed.  There's a separate tab for stories at the top. Some of your tributes may be posted at the service.

Cynthia was dedicated to the Dance Community and her profound respect and love for Dancers was front and center.  We suggest donations in Cynthia’s memory be made to The Actors Fund. These donations will support financial assistance, counseling and education programs for Dancers.

Donations may be sent to:

The Actors Fund
In Memory of Cynthia Fischer
729 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Or by visiting going to The Actors Fund Website 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Michele Gleason on 20th February 2018

"Dear Fischer Family,
I am so sorry for your loss!  Cindy was an amazing person and gave so much!  I knew her as the "older sister" who was brilliant and everyone was so proud of her!  We grew up in the same neighborhood with the wonderful  Fischer family in St. Paul!  Cindy's younger sisters, Missy & Leah were close to my age so we spent hours swimming and playing in our great neighborhood!  Dr. Robert Fischer and Lois were awesome parents & leaders and were great friends of my parents.  Together, they raised amazing kids!  It takes a village!  Cindy will be your Angel in heaven forever and you will always hold your memories in your heart!
Sending my heartfelt love & blessings to all of you!  Michele"

This tribute was added by Steve Rosenberg on 20th February 2018

"I will remember Cindy for connecting me to some of the most important people and places in my life, and as an inspiration to do my best. Since the first time we met, more than forty years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to know four generations of a wonderful family. Besides family, Cindy introduced me to a community of friends, artists and professionals in New York and Minnesota. She’s responsible for my connections to New York, Florida, France, the dance community, and importantly, good coffee.
Cindy continues to inspire me to do my best, and to be passionate about the things I love. She had a passion for excellence in everything she did. She loved Lan, the children, grandchildren, and a number of very lucky dogs. She was dedicated to her clients, many of whom lived in other countries and time zones; she was rarely separated from her BlackBerry. She loved Photography, Architecture and particularly Dance. Cindy was passionate and loyal to family and friends.  She had an amazing ability to find meaning and motivation in adversity: from her dad’s unexpected death in 1974, to recovery and recently, disease.
I am saddened by her passing, but am so lucky to have had such an extraordinary human being as a friend."

This tribute was added by Juliet Neidish on 19th February 2018

"It is not easy stating all the reasons why spending time with Cynthia has always been invigorating.  But it is clear and easy to say that helping, supporting and giving to others was the fiber of her being.
  Many years ago after doing a big Spring cleaning of her closet, Cynthia asked if I wished to come and look through the stuff before parting with it.  I jumped at the offer.  One of the items was a huge black layered skirt that she had had made for a grand costume party.  I had doubts about ever having an occasion to wear such an item, yet Cynthia insisted I take it.  Years later, it became an exquisite costume for a solo dance piece I performed.  It created a luxurious theatricality that I owe to her insight and generosity."

This tribute was added by Mark Franko on 17th February 2018

"Cynthia has been a very dear friend since we met in the class of Maestro Zsedenyi at the Ansonia Hotel in the 1970s. She took class assiduously over many years and was engaged in our rather diverse community of dancers and dance-enthusiasts in the orbit of the Maestro. Later, when I began the Company NovAntiqua to present my own choreography, Cynthia was instrumental in achieving and sustaining non-profit status, creating fund-raisers, etc. One gala I remember done with wonderful Italian friends at the Washington Square Methodist Church was extremely elegant. Everything around Cynthia was elegant and distinguished while also warm and touching. Cynthia was a champion of the cause(s) of her friends, especially artists, but all friends, I am sure. She was a force for strength, positiveness in the face of all odds, camraderie and generosity. She will be deeply missed and always loved."

This tribute was added by Rosie Cohan on 16th February 2018

"Dear Ian and Family, I knew Cindy throughout junior high and high school and worked with her on many school projects. She was an extraordinary person, a leader and always thinking of others and how to contribute to the greater good. We would have dinner or visit periodically in NYC when I would be there and she was so happy she finally had a wonderful family of her own. My heart goes out to her St. Paul family and NYC family and friends. I will miss her physical presence but her bright light lives on in our memories."

This tribute was added by sarah reed on 13th February 2018

"I have had the joy of knowing Cindy most of my life.  1970's  I was little  living on Staten Island with my parents ,she came over to our house for thanksgiving ( there is a faded picture somewhere).  To the 80's visiting her in New York , listening to her advice on how important it was for women to study, work hard and pursue their passion.  In the 90's taking ballet class with her.  Being a starving student in New York  and working the events for her dance charity. Thank you for always looking out for us Cindy.  I am truly sorry I did not make a better effort to see her more, but  the times we did connect l will always remember.  Cindy helped me envision the future I could have and I will be forever grateful.

We will miss you."

This tribute was added by Peter Madsen on 7th February 2018

"Dear Cousin Cindy, the whole family will miss you so much.  Yet, we will treasure all our life memories with you - from our times as kids, our Christmas gatherings as families to our college age journey to New Orleans to our visits in New York ....... In many ways you were the big sister I never had.  Always a gentle and loving spirit that will forever be missed........Lan, we pray for your comfort through this difficult period, and we hope you can celebrate the many wonderful years you had together.  With great love, Cousin Peter and Linda"

This tribute was added by Eliana Viara on 6th February 2018

"Bye Cynthia… may your journey be light.
We will miss you and will never forget you.
Your smile and love will accompany us for ever. Eliana & Gimmi"

This tribute was added by lMonica Barrett on 5th February 2018

"Dear Lois and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Cindy's passing. What a passion she had for dancing. Now she's dancing with Jesus and all the Saints in Heaven.
Your family has been a gift to me as a young girl, growing up on Sunnyslope with the Windisches. Dr. Fischer suggested that my name be Monica and my parents agreed. Prayers, Peace and Love as you move forward with sorrow, healing and gratitude for Cindy's Life.
Monica (Windisch) Barrett"

This tribute was added by Asif Syed on 4th February 2018

"I knew Cynthia for more than 20 years. In addition to professionalism, knowledge of law, she was helpful and understood the personal situations of mine and guided me through difficult times. I will always remember her for that."

This tribute was added by Deborah A Batts on 4th February 2018

"We were clearly meant to have Cynthia in our lives, since we know her from 2 treasured sources!  She was generous, warm, enthusiastic and threw herself into everything she did - and it showed!
She will be missed very much by both the legal and the dance community, for everything she did for them, and her many friends and loved ones.  Debbie & Gwen"

This tribute was added by Peter Karow on 3rd February 2018

"Cynthia was such an inspiration: she gave tirelessly of herself and her time to so many not-for-profit humanitarian and arts organizations. She was also the most courageous person I know: facing cancer with a positive outlook and the determination to live and enjoy every single day to the fullest. But most of all, she was my dear and steadfast friend of 40 years.
It was a privilege to know Cynthia and be a part of her life."

This tribute was added by Diana Pan on 2nd February 2018

"I met Cynthia in the 90s in Maestro Zsedenyi's ballet class. I was in my twenties, just starting my career and trying to figure out my life. Cynthia was one of those guiding forces that showed me that it is possible to have both a successful career and a passion that can be lived to its fullest. Cynthia helped me with my first pair of pointe shoes! I always remember her clad in all black except for bright red socks. She would always say that her regular ballet classes with Maestro was her own form of meditation. I think it probably took me at least 10 years to understand what she meant and nowadays, I feel the same way. Her passion took her outside those classes too. When I heard about Career Transition for Dancers years after those Maestro classes, I was reconnected with Cynthia and learned about her deep involvement. It's an essential institution for artists now and one of her many legacies. I am glad to have known Cynthia. I will always remember her gentle kindness and spirited intelligence. My thoughts go out to Lan and Cynthia's family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Brent Erensel on 1st February 2018

"Cindy brings 3 words to mind - Intellect, Integrity, and Generosity. She babysat my brothers and me in the great neighborhood around Sunny Slope in St. Paul. Her father delivered me as a newborn and her entire family was a role model. Cindy helped me get started in New York City and gave me advice when I had business in Italy. That is cradle to grave babysitting! I cannot believe you are gone, Cindy - you made all of our lives better. And now your memory continues to be an inspiration."

This tribute was added by Francisco Cuerva on 1st February 2018

"I work for Copan Diagnostics, the US office for Copan Italia.  Cynthia was our legal counsel.  She spoke Italian fluently and really understood the Italian business environment.  I always had the most pleasant conversations with her.  She was so intelligent and insightful.  Also she was a genuinely warm and positive person.  I was very saddened to hear of her passing.  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Norman Sharples on 1st February 2018

"I have had the privilege of working with Cynthia since we incorporated COPAN USA in 1994. She was an awesome experienced professional, guiding us through many years of successful business. We could always count on Cynthia!

She will be sadly missed but I hope she will continue her love for dancing in heaven."

This tribute was added by Leah Welch on 1st February 2018

"Our deep condolences to Cynthia's family and friends, from the Spiritual Life Team at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul, MN. You are in our hearts and thoughts, and we are so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Ann Marie DeAngelo on 31st January 2018

"Cynthia was a great lover of dance (and dogs) whose undying support was greatly appreciated and will be greatly missed. With joy and compassion and much hard work she furthered the mission of Career Transition for Dancers, and brought its awareness to a whole new level. Bravo! She will be missed...."

This tribute was added by Rose Ashton on 31st January 2018

"My sincere condolences go out to all of Cynthia’s family and close friends. I am a retired paralegal and I had the privilege of being Cynthia”s executive assistant at Pavia & Harcourt for a few years. I told her this and tell everyone that she was the best “boss’ I ever had. She was kind, considerate and the sweetest person. She was generous, understanding and a great advocate for all of her clients.  She loved working long into the nite and she thought me to love it too.  Prayers for her restful eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Lorenzo Fumagalli on 31st January 2018

"As General Counsel of the Copan Group, I've had the pleasure to work with Cynthia and appreciate her legal support to our  US business for some years. Will miss her deeply, both from personal and professional point of view. She was so positive and truly inspirational ! My condolences to her husband and the family."

This tribute was added by Rolf Geissler on 31st January 2018

"It's hard on me to receive this message since I met Cynthia only in October in Sydney and had a nice talk with her as at many IBA conferences before. I will really miss these conversations with her !
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the whole family for the loss of Cynthia."

This tribute was added by heather snowden on 31st January 2018

"Prayers and love to all of Cindy's family.  She was an amazing women.
Joe and Heather Snowden"

This tribute was added by Francesco Legrenzi on 31st January 2018

"I met Chinthia in Milano, in the 90ies.
We organized togher a lot con conferences where she was a guest speaker
I remember she was very professional, but the most important, I remeber her deep humanity and how nice she was"

This tribute was added by John Eastwood on 31st January 2018

"I'd gotten to know Cynthia over the course of many years of International Bar Association conferences around the world, and four years ago we were able to work together on preparing for and presenting an IBA session in Tokyo. She was an incredibly kind and generous lawyer, with great knowledge and a wonderful way of talking about the human aspects of solving our casework problems. Her enthusiasm about life, travel, and working with Italian clients was absolutely infectious, and I am terribly sorry that we've lost her so early. My deepest condolences to her loved ones."

This tribute was added by Sharleen Goldberg on 30th January 2018

"Sincere condolences to Cindy’s family.
Although I have not seen Cindy for many years I have fond memories of growing up with her as a next door neighbor and childhood friend. Even as a child she was confident, outgoing, curious, adventurous, intelligent, and an animal lover. The photograph of her reading with dogs typified her childhood habit of being a voracious reader and cuddling with her cat Tiger. Climbing trees, playing softball, creating a neighborhood newsletter, putting on July 4th pageants, going to the Minnesota State Fair with Cindy’s father, listening to musical albums on the Fischer’s record player were some of the activities in which we engaged as kids. It was a privilege to have been her friend.
With sympathy to Cindy’s survivors, Sharleen (Weinberg) Goldberg"

This tribute was added by Alberto Miera on 30th January 2018

"Cynthia was so obviously special to all of us who were fortunate to be friends and classmates with her in Law school.  Since I was basically a country bumpkin, I really had no interest in that great big city of NY--but we all knew that was her love and destination!  On a business trip I had there, she convinced me to stay the long weekend and she would "show me the city."  Did she ever, including going to her law office, a tennis exhibition at the Garden with Martina & Chris, and constant going to all these ethnic barrios and food spots...obviously I did fall in kind of love with NY as well.  I confessed to her that I agreed it was great as she said--but only if you had the money needed to properly participate and enjoy!!  Her smile, kindness and confidence were a true gift we all loved---to say nothing of her talent and intelligence.  She will alway be remembered and wow was so VERY SPECIAL."

This tribute was added by Vivien Hoexter on 30th January 2018

"I knew Cynthia through a Yale alumni group. When we were getting the group off the ground about six years ago, Cynthia hosted meetings for us, and Schnader sponsored a conference we ran. She was a tireless advocate for the arts and education, and I am very sad she is gone."

This tribute was added by Oliver P. Stamm on 30th January 2018

"I've met Cynthia when she was still with Pavia & Hartcourt in the early 2000's. I also met her in Italy a couple times for business as she loved the country and enjoyed speaking Italian. Cynthia was so much fun to talk to with her always incredibly positive attitude. A great person who will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by Mario Boschetti on 30th January 2018

"I met Cynthia more than 10 years ago in NYC and then a few months later in Milan. Just two short occasions, speaking in English and Italian (a Language Cynthia loved and mastered very well).... but enough to realize how lovely a person Cynthia was. Happy and honoured to have met her."

This tribute was added by mario abate on 30th January 2018

"my memories of Cynthia date back to the time I spent at Pavia & Harcourt right after law school preparing for the Bar and being seconded to Pavia Ansaldo in Milano. I will never forget her beautiful smile and long braided hair in a pony tail when she walked into our office in Milano. she will be dearly missed."

This tribute was added by Matti Mykkänen on 30th January 2018

"It is with great sadness that we learn about the passing away of Cynthia. We remember meeting her during her stay in Kiuruvesi Finland and will not forget her warm welcome and hospitality she showed us when we visited New York.
                            In pace requiem
Matti and Eira Mykkänen  Kajaani  Finland"

This tribute was added by Beate Erwin on 30th January 2018

"I only met Cynthia at the IBA conference in Sydney last October. I wished I had known her earlier. She was a beautiful person inside out. While I am grateful I had the privilege of meeting her, I wish we could have realized our plan of meeting again here in New York. She will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Antoine Duboscq on 30th January 2018

""I'm living in Paris and Cynthia helped me to set up my startup business in New York we we met. She was not only competent  : welcoming, warm and benevolent. She was lively and our discussions touched many areas, including music and flamenco. A great person. Thanks.""

This tribute was added by Alessandro Barzaghi on 30th January 2018

"I have worked closely with Cynthia within the IBA in the past two years. I’ll miss her enthusiasm, pragmatism, and always positive approach. She will be missed by all of us at the IBA."

This tribute was added by Barbara Maiorano on 29th January 2018

"Your elegance, smile, love for animals and dance,  energy and our little chats in what made you so special to me.... I was Mr Pavia's secretary for 3 years and sat right in front of your office. Ti ricordero' per sempre con affetto. Barbara"

This tribute was added by carolyn wendler on 29th January 2018

"Our lives crossed paths so many times over the last 45 all started in the Pi Phi house, then you showed me around Florence when we were both students in Europe, and remember "Maestro" and our ballet classes during our single days in NY, then your visit to SF, and my visits to NY, and our many reunions through the years.  I will always remain in awe of you, so smart and graceful and kind....."

This tribute was added by suzanne rosenberg on 29th January 2018

"I am heartbroken that Cynthia has passed away and because I carelessly had allowed so much time go by since speaking to her, I did not know how difficult these last days must have been for her and for Lan. Cynthia was an unstoppable and invaluable force for all of the passions she held. One of these passions was of course Lan, then there was Italy and Italian, and then there was her family, and mysteries, and too many others to mention.  

One other enormous passion for Cynthia, was the world of dance in today's culture. In this regard, as so many of us know, Cynthia was unique in her expertise and formidable generosity. She adored our beloved and inimitable Maestro Zsedeny and was enormously helpful and endlessly giving to him during his final years. Cynthia and I shared so much time in ballet class together with others, that daily classes turned into years and like most families we all drifted in and out of each others' lives during the high and low points of very important personal milestones. Although at the time we were all largely unconscious of anything and anyone but ourselves; these moments are forever sacred for me and I know for others as well.

Cynthia was a very special, warm, and generous woman whose love of her friends and love of life was deep, nuanced, courageous and big like the very best people any of us have ever known.  

I will miss her and her memory will be a blessing for us all."

This tribute was added by Tim Rice on 29th January 2018

"Cynthia was my step-mother and when she came into our lives my world was blown wide-open. Over time she became a mentor and helped me in so many ways. She lived her life passionately, with no excuses or regrets. She was the classiest and hardest working person I've ever known. Thank you, Cynthia, because of you I chased my dreams, you taught me how to live with conviction and purpose. Thank you for introducing me to the arts, to New York City, to traveling, to living life the right way, and to working hard with confidence and integrity. But most of all, thank you for loving and caring for my Dad for all these years. We will keep an eye on him for you. You will never be forgotten and your spirit will live on in all of us, our children, and all those whose lives you touched. We will make you proud. I miss you so much. Love you. -Tim"

This tribute was added by FRANCESCO FIORE on 29th January 2018

"I met Cynthia during my first IBA in Dublin. She has been my guide during all my IBA meetings. She always gave me wise advices. I will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Vaughn Johnson on 29th January 2018

"One of the best years of my life was 1972 when Cindy and I dated.  She was the classiest  woman I had ever met(or would ever meet).  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by JoDe Romano on 29th January 2018

"I was blessed to have known Cynthia!
She was not only my flamenco student, but a inspirational friend.
My heart is broken. She will be missed by everyone she knew !!
She was a giving ,wonderful lady that will always live in out hearts !"

This tribute was added by Cecile Margellos on 29th January 2018

"Oh Cynthia, I'll miss you!
As you well know, Ted and I owe our daughter Iliodora to you!
You've been her (and our) fairy godmother, and your smiling, magic touch has accompanied us ever since.
With my sincerest condolences to you Lan, my deepest gratitude and my true love,

This tribute was added by Carmela Liviano D'arcangelo on 29th January 2018

"Hello Cynthia, my dear friend, it was a privilege to meet you.
I will miss you forever"

This tribute was added by Claudia-Tim Volkmar-Clark on 29th January 2018

"Thank you C for your good counsel, both as a friend and professionally. We’re especially glad that we managed to spend those precious days with you both in the summer of 2016. We fondly recall your passion for ice-cream and other similarly innocent shortcuts to happiness - yes, this is the word that best fits your aura ....and your legacy is undeniably characterised by that simple line posted here on this memorial page, “Never give up doing the right thing.”"

This tribute was added by Angelo D'Apolito on 29th January 2018

"I met Cynthia many years ago, during her time with Pavia and Harcourt. Besides being a very valued support on legal matters, Cynthia has been a friend with her delicate attitude, so difficult to find this days. I met Cynthia last summer in Milano, but she did not mentioned anything. I will greatly miss her advises and friendship"

This tribute was added by Domenico Tulli on 29th January 2018

"We shared some time in the Pavia & Harcourt Law Firm in the 90' where i also worked at that time as an associate.  A person in love with life, charming as much as competent in her profession.  May God bless her."

This tribute was added by Rosario Zacca on 29th January 2018

"I met Cynthia in the late '90s.  I was living in New York in those days working at the New York office of Gianni, Origoni & Partners and we have done some deals.  She was a great colleague.  She will be missed.  Rest in peace.  Ti sia lieve la terra."

This tribute was added by Antonia Bernard on 29th January 2018

"Cynthia and I met in 1991. We spent a lot of time together and had developed a love and respect for each other.   She introduced my now husband and me to Sonia Sotomeyer who in 1995 was the judge who married us. We were so thankful for such a beautiful and intimate ceremony which was orchestrated with Cynthia’s love. She is the one that made our special day complete, I love you, for all the wonderful things you’ve done in this life.  Antonia"

This tribute was added by Alessia Antonelli on 29th January 2018

"I had the privilege to know Cynthia when she worked at Pavia & Harcourt's law firm about 18 years ago. Our relationship was mainly professional and I had the opportunity to appreciate her ability and capabilities as a lawyer. However, my memory is not linked to our professional relationship, but to our telephone calls. I often asked her about NYC, the weather, the people, the events and any other thing of this city that I love so much. I was very pleased to hear news from her. Cynthia was always in a good mood and her mood was so contagious!
I will miss her."

This tribute was added by Carol Micken on 29th January 2018

"So saddened to learn of Cynthia's passing.  I recall so much being with her lovely happy family in St. Paul, and her father's pride in her.  Go gently, cousin."

This tribute was added by Alessandra Alessi on 29th January 2018

"I'm italian, live in Milan. Met Cynthia many years ago, for work. She was a guest speaker in plenty of conference, organized by our association, involved in packaging matters. We remained in contact till few years ago. She was the best, so friendly and nice. I'll miss you C."

This tribute was added by Yaakov Weintraub on 29th January 2018

"So many wonderful memories of Cynthia in ballet class with Maestro.  And memories of how she cared for Maestro so selflessly.  I will miss her."

This tribute was added by Antonio Franchi on 29th January 2018

"I am a lawyer in Milan and I met Cynthia for work in Milan a couple of years ago. It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours together. A prayer for her"

This tribute was added by Carl Schaerf on 29th January 2018

"I was privileged to know Cynthia as my friend and my partner for close to 12 years.  That she was a fine lawyer is beyond doubt, but I always appreciated the time she took with me to discuss the issues of the day, music, art, restaurants . . .  Every moment I spent with Cynthia was  special, even (and perhaps particularly) when we were working.  Her memory is a blessing for all of us."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Wilcox on 29th January 2018

"I work in the DC office of Schnader and I only met Cynthia once or twice, but you could tell that she had a very sweet spirit.  She will be missed."

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