Cynthia Onigman of Reading, MA formerly of Bedford and Manchester NH passed away on August 8,
2019 at 93 years of age.
Cynthia was born May 1, 1926 to the late Abraham and Ruth Marks in Boston. She was the loving sister
of late Robert Marks. Cynthia was raised in the household of the late Bernard and Anna Isenberg with
her cousins Sally (deceased) and Alfred (deceased). On Nov 14, 1948 Cynthia married Murray Onigman
Loving mother of Marc (deceased) and Maureen Onigman, Philip and Alissa Onigman, and Barry and
Brenda Onigman. Cherished “Bubbe” of grandchildren Michael (Lara), Timna (Christopher), Julie, Shana
(Matthew), Isaac (Jen), David (Krystal), Tovah and Scott (Remy) and of great-grandchildren Lila, Ilan,
Kieran, Annie, Phineas, Connor, Graham, Rory and Miles.
Cynthia attended Dorchester High School and the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. As a teenager
growing up in the Depression era, she chose art as a focus. Her first job was at the Boston Globe as a
commercial art designer for women’s fashion. An avid quilter, she designed a unique quilt for each
grandchild and great-grandchild. She developed a lifelong appreciation for music of the Big Band era
which she shared with her husband. They loved traveling to visit friends and family and had especially
memorable trips to Canada and Israel.
Cynthia was co-entrepreneur with Murray in the design, planning and startup of the Manchester NH
Delirama restaurant and catering service in 1962. She was lead sales/design associate at Ethan Allen
Furniture and Winchendon Furniture, and then started her own interior home design business. Friends
and family remember that regardless of the apartment or home, Cynthia could whip any space to be
worthy of a place in “Architectural Digest”.
At Temple Israel in Manchester NH, Cynthia served as Sisterhood President and taught Sunday School.
She was active in the NH democratic primaries during the election cycles. The NH Democratic committee
asked her to consider serving on the NH State Legislature.
Graveside service and burial:
11AM Monday August 12, 2019
Manchester Hebrew Cemetery
316 South Beech Street (GPS - address across street)
Manchester NH 03103
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cynthia’s memory may be made to:
- Temple Emmanuel, 120 Chestnut Street, Wakefield MA
- Temple Israel, 66 Salmon Street, Manchester NHFuneral Home
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