Cynthia Ann McMahon


Cynthia Ann McMahon, age 67, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020 with her two loving sons by her side in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born February 17th, 1953 in Schenectady, NY to Paul and Helen Reisinger. Married in 1982 to Jim McMahon amongst loving friends and family eventually settling down in her loved home in Pattersonville, NY where she would enjoy the country life as a gardener.

Cindy was a caring, hardworking, warm hearted woman. She wanted to help everyone and everything. Those who were touched by Cindy in their lives felt a special connection with her throughout her life. She found a love of gardening, creating a peaceful spot of colors and fragrances everywhere she lived, attracting all sorts of wildlife. You could always tell Cindy had been here simply by walking to the front door. Everything felt like home when someone walked into her life. Old paintings of animals, farms, plants, and meaningful trinkets could be found around the house. To this day a white blanket she kept on every couch is still here and her children remember cuddling under with her in their feety pajamas in winter. Moving to Florida with her best friends Patty and Fenlon in 2010, she found a love of bird watching, kayaking, and shell collecting on the beaches of Sanibel and Clearwater. Despite being away, her room and home were full of pictures of her children, dogs, family, and friends.

Cindy had a difficult life during her time on earth beyond her marriage. However, she always took care of her friends and family. She made sure her sons played baseball every year while driving hours to multiple tournaments, all-star games, and the eventual nighttime double headers. Every holiday was a big event. Thanksgiving was filled with football, food, laughter, and "Mom come sit with us. We'll do the dishes together after the game." But she would do it anyway so no one else would have to. Christmas was decorated like a decorator was brought in and the tree always had her signature tinsel shimmering from top to bottom. The rest of the year on Fridays she would come home from work with a couple of videos in hand (often B rated horror movies) to watch while eating pizza with her sons. Sundays were for football and Nascar while summers were for water skiing, the motorcycle rendezvous, and baby oil. So much baby oil for tanning her signature bronzed skin. Warm weather was by far her favorite.

Cindy took in her eventual daughter in-law while she was a teenager as she did for other friends when they needed someplace to go because she was just that kind of person. Treating her like her own daughter, she was always there when needed. Her many friends loved her despite her temper but in the end, bygones were bygones. Her children got their manners from Cindy as well as their hardworking and dedicated spirit. She always said "Always help because someone is in need. Never take money even if they offer. Help because it’s the right thing to do." Chris often tells the story of when he and Sarah went to a flea market in Tennessee and someone said “You are the nicest Yankee I have ever met” to which he replied quickly “You can thank my mom for that”.

There are many stories and anecdotes of Cindy that are told by many people, but all had the same theme which was her signature attitude and kindness. Salty, sweet and sassy in the perfect mix that is hard to come by and will be easy to miss. She was an outgoing personality that would always call you “Sweetie” whether she knew you or just met you.

Cindy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Donna Reisinger, sisters Mary and Helen, her sons and their wives Chris and Sarah McMahon, and Jimmy McMahon and Jessica Mastroianni,
granddaughter Paige McMahon, and many nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends.

Please join us for calling hours as we celebrate her life on Sunday October 11, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, 39 E High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, October 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 W High Street, Ballston Spa with burial to follow at Schenectady Memorial Park. Social distancing and facemasks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA through a Facebook donate campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/400119864713571. There will be no after service gathering.

Guest Book

Kira Prohaska

Cindy, I will miss our late night heart to hearts. I will miss your infectious smile and laughter. You were such a kind soul. You are so much more than a care taker to my mother. You were our family. It made my heart happy that you were in Florida with mom. I always knew she was safe. I know you are with Simon and Sophie...and one day we will all be together again. Rest In Peace sweet angel.

Pat Sanderson

She will always be in our hearts. I miss her SO MUCH.

Paul and Donna Reisinger

Cindy will never be forgotten, she was not only a sister but a great friend. She was always fun to be with we had a lot of great times together. She was also very talented, she left her mark on a lot of our rooms years ago with her wallpaper jobs, she could make a crappy room look beautiful in no time at all. We spent many weekends together, either at her house or ours, we always had lots of laughs and fun. She could also organize a party like no one else she helped me with baby showers and wedding showers, all you had to do was ask and she would be there. We will miss her always but we are left with great memories and the love she showed us. We were blessed to have her in our lives.