Obituary of Cindy Jane (Rubenstein) Andrews

Cindy Andrews

Cindy Jane (Rubenstein) Andrews

September 15, 1957 – December 20, 2021

Surrounded by family and a lot of love, Cindy Jane (Rubenstein) Andrews passed away on December 20 at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Cindy was the youngest of four children born to J. Mortimer and Jacqueline (Schlossman) Rubenstein. 

In 1983, Cindy married Mark Andrews. They were married for 38 years, having first met in high school. Together they raised three exceptional children, David, Stacy, and Michael. Cindy was connected with the Jewish community throughout her life, attending Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for many years, fully engaging in synagogue, serving in leadership roles including president of Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ, and being a lifelong learner. Professionally, Cindy worked in various accounting and administrative positions, concluding her career as a partner in an insurance industry start-up.

There are many ways to encapsulate Cindy’s character, personality, and positive impact on those who knew her. Her family members, friends, and colleagues all know her boisterous laugh, kindness, and ability to accept everyone as they are. Cindy’s continued friendships with friends she made throughout her life, some for at least 55 years, were a testament to the strong connections she made with everyone she met. Witty, caring, fun, loving, helpful, authentic, intelligent, curious, nurturing, sensible, spirited, spiritual, inclusive, humble, and wise are among the many characteristics that describe Cindy. She was a haimishe mensch. Cindy was clear about what really mattered most in her life and always faced situations she couldn’t change with “It is what it is.” Cindy lived by three simple principles: Be kind, give back, and love fiercely. Even in the face of her own mortality, Cindy remained grateful for her wonderful life, her family and friends, and all of her experiences. 

Cindy is survived by her husband Mark, three children, David Oleander (Amelia), Stacy Andrews (Matt Piatek), and Michael Andrews, a sister, Ruthanne Rubenstein Warnick (Larry), two brothers, Bill Rubenstein (Judy Eisenberg) and Dan Rubenstein (Margaret), ten nieces and nephews, and one great nephew.

Funeral arrangements are by Birches-Roy Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire on Thursday, December 23 at 1:00PM, followed by interment at Ahavath Sholom Cemetery (located in Elmwood Cemetery), Great Barrington, MA. Hevreh’s protocols require proof of vaccination for in-person attendance at the memorial service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, or a charity of your choice in memory of Cindy.

Shiva Details:

Due to the current COVID situation, the family is limiting the number of guests in the home at one time. The family will not be receiving guests following the funeral. The family will be sitting shiva and receiving guests at Cindy and Mark’s home beginning Friday. To manage the number of guests at any one time, please text or call Amelia at 585-622-4828 to let them know when you plan to visit and/or to coordinate any deliveries of food.

23 Sylvan Road, Monterey, MA

Friday, December 24 – 2:00-5:00PM

Sunday, December 26 – 12:00-5:00PM

Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28 – 2:00-5:00PM 

A shiva mourners service will be held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 5:00PM

All guests must be fully vaccinated and wear masks while in the home.

5 Responses to Obituary of Cindy Jane (Rubenstein) Andrews

  1. Mark & Family, we were very saddened to learn of Cindy’s passing. We will always remember her sunny smile and lovingkindness during the many years her life and ours intersected at Beth-El and in the community. We wish you strength and love to help sustain you during this difficult time. May Cindy’s memory always be a blessing.

  2. This is a beautiful picture of Cindy, She will always be remembered just as this photo depicts, beaming There will be a time we will remember her with smiles instead of tears

  3. Our condolences to Mark and the family. Cindy was with us at Somerset Airport for only a brief time in our 75 year history, but her impact was enormous. She came to us as a part-time bookkeeper and office manager. She did those jobs superbly. More importantly, she had a lifetime of experience in small and large businesses over her career. She would gently provide advice and counsel to Chris Walker and me about various aspects of the business. She helped us find a new accountant—who has done a wonderful job for us. Her advice was always wise, timely and appropriate. When she told us of her and Mark’s plans to build a retirement home in the Berkshires, we were sad to lose her, but happy for her expected future. It breaks our hearts to hear that her retirement was far too short. The description of Cindy as a haimishe mensch is truly apt. We will miss Cindy.—her friends at Somerset Airport.

  4. I Remember Cindy from Temple Beth El. She always struck me as such a kind and gentle person. Very sorry to hear of her passing. May her memory be a blessing.

  5. Having been in Cindy’s present on many occasions at Temple Beth El, Hillsborough I found her to be a warm, caring person who was to be admired for her grace. I so enjoyed her presents.
    May the family go from strength to strength and May her memory be a blessing to the family and all she touched.

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