Cynthia Gay Robertson Kirchhoff, 54, of Medfield, died on Monday January 31, 2022.
Born in Wareham, MA on July 13, 1967, she was the daughter of the late James Drummond Robertson (1995) and the late Mary Teresa (Athy) Robertson (2003), and grew up in Mattapoisett, MA.
She spent her summers at Camp Snipatuit in Rochester, first as a camper, learning all that was offered, and went on to serve as a training counselor, unit counselor, and after earning her water safety instructor, she became director of waterfront and navigation. Cynthia could also be found at her beloved Ned’s Point lighthouse in Mattapoisett for its beauty and sentimental significance as one of her mother’s favorite places.
Cynthia is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School, Class of 1985. She earned a BA in Psychology/Liberal Arts from Saint Michael’s College in New Hampshire, Class of 1989, spending a semester abroad in Cannes, France. She continued her education at Bridgewater State College and earned her Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley College, Class of 1992. She had a keen interest in international cultures and taught English as a second language in Japan for two years. While in Japan, she walked a lot and pursued this passion when she returned to the United States.
Cynthia’s love for education and research has led her to work as an ESOL guidance teacher and educational consultant in Tallahassee, FL, as well as an educational program specialist for the University of North Carolina. North, Greensboro (SERVE). Her proudest years were advocating for her own children and working with the public schools in Medfield and Sherborn.
She married the love of her life, Georg Eric Kirchhoff, who shared her zeal for nature and the outdoors, her dedication to physical fitness – whether at the beach or hiking and climbing in NH. She loved swimming, tennis, walking, camping, singing, and especially animals and gardens. His most recent hobby was learning to play the violin.
Cynthia has dedicated her life to the happiness of her two children, Carl James (15) and Maira Lucile Kirchhoff (13), helping them achieve their full potential as their strong advocate. Cynthia and Maira held flower sales that helped them connect with the neighborhood and share her joy for home and community gardening.
Cynthia’s greatest gift was her ability to network, connect people and make lifelong friends. She was a loyal and generous friend and wanted everyone included all the time! She has helped so many other moms who said they didn’t know what they would have done without her.
She loved meeting family and friends, buying takeout and then swimming, flying kites at Ned’s Point and buying ice cream on the way home. She was an active supporter of environmental and worthy causes such as Save Buzzards Bay and swam for the annual Save Buzzards Bay fundraiser. She also supported the arts, Mass Audubon and Massachusetts Horticulture Societies.
Cynthia is survived by her husband Georg Eric Kirchhoff, her son Carl Kirchhoff and her daughter Maira Kirchhoff. She leaves three surviving siblings, Bruce Robertson of Mattapoisett, Scott Robertson (Rebecca), South Dartmouth and Mark Robertson (Debra Vieira), Mattapoisett; his stepfather William E. and stepmother Carole A. Kirchhoff, Sanford, FL; and Elizabeth & Douglas Leatham, Marion (Omi & Opi by Carl & Maira). Cynthia is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and one godson: Shayne Ball, Luke Robertson, Trevor and Lyndsay Robertson, Robbie & Daniel Southerland, Aislinn & Leah Robertson, Rachael Robertson, Archer & Langden Ball, and Peter R. Marusek ( godchild). Before her, her brother James D. Robertson, Jr. (1989), sister Suzanne B. Robertson (2019), and family best friend Dr. Amy A. Gracia, Ed.D. (2020).
Special gratitude to Medfield neighbors, family friends and others who have helped the family so much over the past year.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made to a scholarship endowment at Mass Audubon in his name:
Mass Audubon Donation Instructions for Cynthia’s Endowment Camp Scholarship
• Click on this link:
• Select donation amount
• Click on “Direct My Gift”, scroll to Broadmoor, Natick
• Honoree Information – Scroll to ‘In Memory Of’, type Cynthia Kirchhoff
• Ignore “Person to notify” and “Message for next of kin”
• Fill out billing and payment information
• Click on donate
If you wish to write a check, please address it to Mass Audubon, Development Office, 208 South Grant Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Write the check to Mass Audubon and note that it is for the Cynthia Kirchhoff Endowed Camper Scholarship, Broadmoor , Natick, MA
Arrangements are made with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett, www.saundersdwyer.com.