Cynthia R. Schierling, 81, Lebo: April 23, 1943 – May 21, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Cynthia R. Schierling, 81, Lebo: April 23, 1943 – May 21, 2024

LEBO, Kan. – Cynthia R. “Cindy” Schierling (81), of Lebo, Kan., died at home on May 21, 2024. She was born April 23, 1943, in Kingman, Kan., to Frederick Henry Tolar and Alma Louise Schoeneman.

Cindy’s father, Fred, was killed in the European theater in WWII. She had no siblings. Cindy and her mother and stepfather, Jerrell Q. Russell, lived in Abilene, Kan., and Rankin, Texas, then settled in Tulsa, Okla.

Cindy spent her senior year of high school living abroad in Frankenberg-Eder, Germany, as an exchange student. She became fluent in the German language. In the years following, she graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1964, a master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1966, and finally a Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University in 1984.

Cindy met her loving husband, John Schierling, on a blind date while attending Kansas State University. They were married Dec. 27, 1965, in Tulsa. Cindy and John began their married life in Denver, Colo. They returned to Williamsburg, Kan., in 1968, later moving to Elmdale, Kan. in 1973. They moved to their current home in the Melvern, Kan., area in 1999. They celebrated 58 years of marriage together.

To this union, four children were born, Russell (Amy) Schierling, of Mountain View, Mo., Teri (Doug) Base, Ankeny, Iowa, Kevin (Michelle) Schierling, Circleville, Kan., and Carol (Ryan) Goekler, Emporia, Kan. Their four children gave them 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Though Cindy later spent 10 years as a teacher and librarian after raising her children, she was always a mother and homemaker first. Becoming “Gram” to her grandchildren was a highlight of her life. She selflessly gave of her time and energy to help after each grandchild was born, attended activities of all the grandchildren, and never turned down an opportunity to “be there” when needed.

Cindy gave her life to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in 1973 while living in Williamsburg. She was a woman so grounded in her faith, evidenced by her rising at 4 a.m. each morning for quiet time, devotions, and prayer. She passed these spiritual disciplines on to her children each morning around the breakfast table. She always unashamedly declared the gospel and her love of Jesus. She even proclaimed the gospel on her answering machine message.

Cindy’s absence will be greatly felt by all of her family and all who were blessed to know her.

Cindy was preceded in death by both of her parents.

She is survived by her husband, John, and all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook, Kan. A visitation time with the family will be at 10 a.m. followed by the service. Everyone is invited to stay for lunch at the church immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International or the Overbrook Grace Community Church, and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, PO Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at

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