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Cynthia Andreassen

December 30, 1961 — March 7, 2024

Cynthia “Cindy” Andreassen passed away on March 7, 2024 at the age of 62 in Kingston, NY. Born in Kingston, NY on December 30, 1961 to Jack Gold and Mary Lou Baffa. Cindy attended Kingston High School. She excelled on the track and played flute in the school band. Her passion for music was a constant companion throughout her life, leading her to join various bands as an adult. Notably, Cindy was a proud member of the Paul Luke Band in the early 1980s. Later she had the honor of sharing her talents with another band in front of thousands when she performed at Woodstock '94, a testament to her musical prowess. She was also a member of Local 215, American Federation of Musicians.

Cindy's artistic gifts didn't end with music; she possessed a profound love and skill for photography. As a portrait photographer, she captured the essence of countless families, finding immense joy and fulfillment in preserving their special moments and milestones.

A devoted animal lover, she started as an equestrian in her youth and later expanded her passion to care for various other animals. Known for her exceptional kindness, she never uttered a negative word about anyone. She had a heart so generous that she would readily give you the shirt off her back. Even in times of personal scarcity, she possessed the remarkable ability to seek out those with less and offer them even more.

Cindy is survived by her loving partner, Kelvin VanDemark of Hurley, NY; her children, Amanda Rueby (Thomas) and Kristopher Cherny (Alicia); and her brother, Thomas Cahill (Linda). Her legacy continues through her beloved grandchildren, Harlow and Mila as well as step-siblings, nieces, great-nephews, and a wide circle of cherished friends.

As we say goodbye to Cindy, we celebrate the incredible impact she made on all of our lives. Her music will forever play in our hearts, and her photographs will continue to capture the beauty she saw in the world and in us all. A celebration of life will be held honoring Cindy at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hudson Valley Hospice at 

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