Cindy Harkins
April 13, 1961 - January 15, 2015
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St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 West Marquette Street
Appleton,
Friday 1/23, 11:30 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Cynthia R. “Cindy” Harkins, 53, passed away at home in the arms of her loving family on Thursday January 15, 2015 after a three-year fight with ovarian cancer. Cindy was the fourth of five girls being born to John L. “Jack” Bretl and Rosaline R. (Martig) Bretl in Madison on April 13, 1961. Her family…

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Ginny Sowieja left a message on January 15, 2016:
Hi Mike - I had left a message here last year but now see that it has not been published for some reason. When I received notice that the guestbook was being taken down I wanted to visit one more time. At the time I heard of Cindy's passing via her obituary in the Wausau Daily Herald I was shocked first to realize that she was gone and that I did not even know of her illness; even more so to realize that 20 years had passed since we had last been in touch. I have such wonderful memories of the friendship that she and I shared during your years in Wausau and sharing office space in Merrill. Cindy and I shared that most beautiful experience of being first time moms together. Even though she was so much younger, she was a role model for me; she had the confidence to take on parenthood that I seemed to lack. I gained strength from her. Our children had some fun times together and I look back on those years with great joy,. I am so sorry for this terrible loss for you and for Michael and Kristopher. It has been a year but I am sure the pain has not lessened much if at all during this time. I think of you guys often. Love from all of us, Chuck, Ginny, Alex, Emma
Mike Wadzinski left a message on December 3, 2015:
Mike - I am really late on this but I am so sorry to hear about Cindy. She was really one of the nicest persons I have ever met. I have good memories of her from High School days and beyond. God Bless you and your family.
Gretchen Rizzo left a message on January 26, 2015:

I am sending my deepest sympathy. Cindy was a beautiful person.

Shirley A Farrell left a message on January 23, 2015:

Dr. Mike
I am so sad to hear Cindy passed away. She was a very beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed by all of us who were privileged to meet her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry I couldn\'t be with you today at her funeral. I will have her remembered here at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. God bless you and I will keep you tucked in my heart.
Shirley Farrell

Toni Bergeon left a message on January 23, 2015:

Mike, so sorry to hear about the loss of Cindy. Thoughts and prayers are with you from the Schmidts in Rhinelander.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Pam Gallenberger left a message on January 22, 2015:

Our deepest condolences to you and your family Dr. Harkins.

LaVerne (Mrs. John) Thatcher left a message on January 21, 2015:

My heart goes out to Cindy's family and friends. Cindy was a beautiful person, both inside and out. I was so fortunate to know her and I know she will be sorely missed. Take comfort in knowing there is a new angel in heaven looking over us.

Clare Kosel left a message on January 21, 2015:

Oh Dr. Harkins, I am so sorry! I am reduced to tears every time I think of your great loss. You and your beautiful wife were always so kind to me and I will never ever forget that. May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother comfort you and your sons in your sorrow, and may she rest in peace.

Jody & Dan left a message on January 21, 2015:

Mike, Michael and Kris - you are all in our thoughts and prayers in this time of such great loss. Cindy so loved being a mom. I remember when they were blessed with both of you. She and your dad were instantly in love. She has now moved on from being an angel on earth to being your angel in Heaven. God bless you all.

Meredith Baciak left a message on January 20, 2015:

Dr. Harkins,
Sorry to hear about your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. When I heard the news, the first thing that came to mind is how you attended my grandfather Don Wilmet's funeral and how you went out of your way to share stories about him. It amazed me how you knew about everyone in our family and talked about him on such a friendship level with him only being a patient of yours. That experience has held a special place in my heart. I know you will experience the same thing with the amazing stories that people will share about Cindy! Hold those memories close as they are priceless. She was so kind hearted and will be missed! Sincerely, Meredith Wilmet-Baciak and family

Bonnie Turner left a message on January 20, 2015:

Dear Dr. Mike, Michael and Kris:

Please accept our deepest condolences in the loss of your beautiful wife and mother. We will miss seeing Cindy's bright smile in the office.

Peace and love to all.
Bonnie and family xx

Lynsey Marie Schwartz left a message on January 20, 2015:

Mike and sons I am so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed!

Dave and Robin Jelinek left a message on January 20, 2015:

Mike, Robin and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts. Love, Dave & Robin Jelinek

Gail Addie left a message on January 20, 2015:

Dr. Mike and family, my heart is saddened by your loss. Cindy was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed. Always a smile and a kind word. We all were blessed to have known her and shared a part of her life. May she suffer no more! Go with God, Cindy. Your journey here is complete.

Gretchen Roth left a message on January 20, 2015:

I am so sorry to hear about the sad passing of Cindy. I have such fond memories of her as a friend and as a wonderful mother and wife. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

Tad Schubring left a message on January 19, 2015:

Cindy was a true testimony of Jesus' love. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Harkins and his family.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matt. 5:4).

Amy, Donald, Hayden, Jocelyn left a message on January 19, 2015:

We love you Cindy and are praying for Dr., Mike and Kris

Marsha Yulga (Lawson) left a message on January 19, 2015:

I'm so sorry for your loss. You were great neighbors.
Marsha Yulga (Lawson)

Dave & Krista O'Brien left a message on January 18, 2015:

We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave & Krista O'Brien

Robert & Barbara Albers left a message on January 17, 2015:

Cindy was so kind and thoughtful. She always had a minute to stop & talk and always made each person she was talking to feel important. We will miss her smile and sweet disposition. Caring thoughts are with you all. Bob & Barb Albers

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mike left a message on January 17, 2015:

I remember Cindy as an adorable, sweet young lady that always put others ahead of herself. She was genuine, and had a kind word for everyone. Rest in peace, and God bless those that were fortunate to have her in their lives. With love Mike Caravello and family.

Kim & Chris Heikkila & family left a message on January 16, 2015:

So sorry to hear this. We were wishing for a miracle. Our deepest sympathy to Mike and your kids. May they find some comfort in the love and prayers from all your family and friends. You were a great lady!!

Jean Bruhn left a message on January 16, 2015:

Rick and I send our deepest sympathy. We are so saddened for your loss and sending prayers and strength to your family.
Jean and Rick

Dorrie Houk left a message on January 16, 2015:

Mike, and boys my heart aches for you and your loss. May the Lord help you through this difficult time.
Dorrie & Philip Houk (Boy Scout Troop 50)

Mrs. Jane Windels left a message on January 16, 2015:

Michael, Kristopher and Rick I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mom, and loving wife. It's been many years Michael and Kris since I had you as students in second grade but I remember you and your loving mom with very fond memories. Her love and kindness will live on through you two.
Mrs. Jane Windels

Mrs. Jane Windels left a message on January 16, 2015:

Mike, Michael and Kristopher I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mom. I remember you Michael and Kristopher, with fond memories back in second grade. I know the love and kindness your mother had will live on through both of you. My prayers are with you.

Stephen Trish and Alyssa Voss left a message on January 16, 2015:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. Cindy was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be sorely missed. May the Lord keep you and your family close during this time for comfort

Lynne Kohlhepp left a message on January 16, 2015:

Words can't express my sadness for the entire Harkins family. Cindy taught me how to be a mom, was the perfect Godmother for our daughter, and was the best neighbor you could ever hope to have. Prayers and hugs, Mike, Michael, and Kristopher!

The Kohlhepp Family

Julie Holschuh left a message on January 16, 2015:

Beautiful lady inside and out. Mike, Michael and Kris, you are in our prayers. God bless all of you! Rest in peace, Cindy. We love you!

Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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