Cynthia Matyi

March 1, 1948 - November 25, 2014

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MATYI Cynthia A. (nee Eckerle) Matyi, March 1, 1948 to November 25, 2014, beloved wife of Stephen Matyi, loving mother of Julie nee Ramirez (David) Czulewicz, dear sister of Jana (Joe) Rouse and Jon Eckerle, also survived by other family members and many dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents Jack and Shirley Eckerle and her sister, Chris Freel.

One of the achievements that Cindy was most proud of was her role as founder and artistic director of the prestigious Cincinnati Celtic Festival for 15 years. In addition to producing and organizing arts events and performing with the ensemble Silver Arm for many years, including shows with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, she was a long-time board member of Cincinnati Folk Life and of the Riley School of Irish Music. But her major achievement was as a painter whose recognizable style incorporated ancient motifs and contemporary themes of peace, renewal, ecology and creativity. She was a primary organizer of the touring exhibition, “American Celtic” and her work appeared in shows through the US, Canada and Europe. She illustrated CD and book covers, posters and websites and presented workshops on Celtic art to students of all ages. Her painting Thou Glorious Sun has been featured a number of times on the CBS Sunday Morning show. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Little Town of Spirals” published in 2008. A graduate of Mt. St. Joseph University (BFA), she also spent over 25 years in health care as a vascular technologist and hospital manager and was one of the founders of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound. In 2009 she started Little Town Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to provide support for two humanitarian groups working in Moldova. She also enjoyed tutoring and mentoring at Riverview East School and painting delightful impressionist pictures of her Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood.

Visitation will be held at the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave. in the Columbus-Tusculum area of Cincinnati, on Saturday, November 29th beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 4 p.m., immediately followed by a wake. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Little Town Fund c/o The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, or to The Irish Heritage Center, PO Box 8695 Cincinnati, OH 45208.


Nicole Niehaus - Oct 13, 2018
Was looking up Cincinnati Folk Life and decided to search for Cindy. Knew her and Steve from volunteering at the Celtic Fest years ago. So sorry to hear of her passing. I wish the family well.
Melani Ryan - Mar 3, 2015
I was just looking up Cynthia and her artwork. She visited my school about 7 years ago. Cynthia came to my school in Indianapolis to teach my students about Celtic Art. I purchased several of her prints. She was such a great person and artist--I still do her lessons with my students each year! She was a wonderful person.
Tim Fischer - Feb 5, 2015
What a wonderful artist and soul Cindy was! Thank you Cindy for welcoming me into Cincinnatti and the commuity there. I was so lucky to have shared some of your life and music in your last year here. May your spirit be fulfilled in the hereafter. Much love!
Brenda Fox - Dec 4, 2014
The world has lost a bit of its light. Cindy was one of the most beautiful souls - and talented artists - I have known. Rest in peace, Cynthia.
Gina Greco - Dec 2, 2014
How inspiring to be around her mind and soul at work. Her enchanting handiwork transformed canvas, music, and every relationship.
Nancy-Carolyn Smith - Nov 29, 2014
Cindy is such a Blessing in my life- her joy, her creativity, her friendship. God bless her beautiful soul.
Bev Flamm Strochinsky - Nov 29, 2014
I and all of your OLA friends are better for having known you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.