Cindy Graneto was the kind of resident that every community should have, even if the powers that be in the community might think otherwise. She cared and she showed that she cared with more consistency than almost any other resident I ever got to know during my four years on city council – and we are blessed with some very consistently caring residents.
But Cindy was different in so many ways. And very, very sadly she died too young just two weeks ago at only 59 years old. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends who both nurtured her and were nurtured by her, as I was, before, during and after I was on city council which is how I first got to meet her.
What made Cindy stand out, even among a solid group of residents who expressed their passion for our community?
It wasn’t only that Cindy came to many, many council meetings, and other public meetings. And it wasn’t just that Cindy almost always spoke up at our meetings, and did so in order to bring hope, whether there was something problematic going on or just to keep us encouraged by whatever good might happen to be our fortune at the time.
Cindy went beyond all that: When she wasn’t at the meetings, we would still have flowers at our spot, and packets of inspirational and educational materials on one or more topics about which Cindy wanted us to be in the know. Sometimes it was the environment, sometimes it was about peace.
And sometimes, she left us the most gorgeous canvas tote bags, handpainted with what had to be one of her most beloved symbols and certainly what I came to see as her signature – colorful monarch butterflies. Inside the totes would be all kinds of things – poems, books, photographs. This butterfly with a wire for winding around a pencil or a lamp or pretty much anything, sits by my computer and has for years now. It’s from one of Cindy’s packets.
I loved listening to Cindy, even when it was a challenge to stay focused and interested because of the length of a meeting, the lateness of the hour, the complexity of the issue, or the failure for us to be in agreement about the solution to some problem. But always, Cindy was the quintessential civically engaged individual who open government junkies like me wish we could clone.
This article below is from the local Chagrin Valley Times and has beautiful quotes and memories from her family and other council members. Cindy was very special and there is absolutely no question that Pepper Pike is a more beautiful place because of her presence and her efforts here. For these reasons, she is today’s A Woman A Day. May her memory be a blessing.