Cynthia Montgomery Herbst Chapman

Cynthia Montgomery Herbst Chapman, 63, of Ballston Spa, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Jersey City, NJ, November 27, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Herbst. She was a graduate of Neptune High School, Skidmore College and earned a masters degree in English from SUNY Albany.

Cynthia taught English at the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School and Middle School for 35 years. She served as English Department Chairman for 18 years. She filled her life with a love of reading and writing and her passion was to instill this feeling in her students. Cynthia was an active participate in the Pushcart Fair, an annual Middle School event and was fondly known as the “Pushcart Queen.”

Cynthia was an avid literary connoisseur. In retirement, she ran multiple book clubs in conjunction with traveling with her husband Allan. She was a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and editor of the church bulletin. She had a lifelong quest for learning and strived to instill this feeling in her family, students, colleagues and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Allan Chapman. Cynthia is survived by her children, Carrie Chapman and her fiancé Donald Hillmann, James Chapman and his wife Kaitlin, stepson, Allan Chapman, Jr and his wife Suzanne, and her four grandchildren, Phineas, Haley, Carly, and James.

A memorial service will be held 6pm Friday, March 30 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, Milton Avenue Ballston Spa. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Dolores and Jim Taisey

Jim and I send our love to both Cindy and Allan all the back to our teachng days in the 70's at BHBL
school to the present. We had enjoyed catching up with you after our return here and, working with you on the Ballston Spa Education Foundation. We will never forget the beautiful "Scotty" tree you decorated for us for our Festival of Trees in the year 2000 and the fun times. You are an inspiration to education and our Village. Your family can reflect beautiful memories to hold onto forever....We send them our best.


I am very sad and will miss my special friend, Cindy Lou. Over the last year, I have hoped for a "miracle" so that Cindy could continue to enjoy her children, grandchildren and summers in Ocean Grove. Cindy had spent so much time taking care of others that she often forgot to take care of herelf. Our last phone call was hopeful in tone and we remembered our many adventures in high school and college---especially in "the Grove". We worked together as waitresses and played together on the beach. In our senior year at NHS, Cindy was voted "Most Popular", "Favorite Date", "Friendliest", "Best Looking", and "Most Engaging Smile". I was somethimes runner-up to her first place, but we didn't have a jealous friendship. We enjoyed our accomplishments and successes; we cheered each other on; we shared special secrets, hopes, and dreams. Carrie and Jim, you had a wonderful mother who will always live in your hearts. Gale

Jennifer Andreadakis Jensen

I was really sad to hear about the passing of Mrs. Chapman. My thoughts and prayers go to my friends Carrie, Jim and Donny. I have happy memories of being at the Chapman home and hope that the family members can find peace at this time.

Cousin Jo-Ann

Will miss Cindi in so many ways. There was a bond there that made us feel like sisters. Shopping, eating, cooking, drinking, laughing, crying...not necessarily in that order. She will have a place in my heart, my mind and my life forever. XOXOXO....just wish she could have learned to use her computer!

Carolyn Mesagno

I am so sorry to hear about your mom, I didnt know her very long, but the few times I shared with you all were fun memorable times. My thoughts and prayers are with you all..

Barbara Lombardo

I'm so saddened to hear of Cindy's passing. My sincere sympathies go out to the family that has endured so much loss in the past 2 years. I attended high school with Cindy and we were Ocean Grove beach friends but lost touch after high school when we both went away to college. I would occasionally hear about her through my Kresge and Oliver cousins. We reconnected 2 years ago when her parents and then her Aunt Louise went into the Medicenter in Neptune NJ; my mother was there also and she and Cindy's mother sat at the same table in the dining room! So during her visits there we got to go out a few times, even went to the Ocean Grove beach together again a couple times. We'd talk occasionally on the phone, sharing our retired teacher stories, fun with grandchildren, books we were reading, church activities, and even the medical challenges she was going through. It was fun reminiscing and I so looked forward to our renewed friendship, praying her health would improve and she'd continue to get to visit in the Grove - a place she loved to be.
I pray the family will look to and feel God's presence as they deal with this loss. May sharing happy stories and memories in time help to give them peace. I pray her grandchildren will come to know the good things of her life and especially the love she had for them.


I, too, had hoped for a "miracle" which would give Cindy more time to enjoy Phineas and her children. The last few years were very difficult for her...and then this cancer took over her body. My last phone call with her was very hopeful. Cindy kept wanting to get down to OG one more time and we discussed a plan, but......Hope that you are well. I know that Cindy enjoyed seeing you and talking with you. Maybe I'll see you in OG this summer. Be well. Gale