Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In Memoriam: DB Congress Rep Cindy From PA Passes Away

Exactly four years and a day before her death, Cindy Wipprecht was writing about Dierks Bentley in an email to me.  I had just finished a scrap book of the DB Congress members at the time (hand-crafted, not digital, so please forgive the blurry photo), and a fellow fan-clubber had delivered it to him during a M&G for me.  Cindy was so proud to be a part of it:
Dear Ronna,
This was just a wonderful idea you came up with! I really enjoyed looking at the scrapbook and all the great things you put into it. You must have spent a long time putting it together. It made me feel very special to be a part of it and to have my picture displayed in it.  I'll bet D was so touched when he received the scrapbook. Wish I could have seen his face when he got it. Bet you do too! Well, I can't say enough good things about this project. You sure have a gift for great ideas and thanks for sharing them with us all.

God Bless,
Cindy from PA
Founder of DDD Apothecary
Don't ask me how I kept this email for four years, but I remembered it when her brother emailed me to tell me about her passing and asked if I could pass along a note to Dierks himself, which I did forward to his team.  I told him it is always sad when we lose a member of the DB Congress family, and I was so moved by her kind words to me.  I wish I had met her in person.

Here is Cindy's obituary.  Notice Dierks is mentioned:

Cynthia E. (Hogg) Wipprecht, 52, of Willow Street, passed away at the Hospice of Lancaster County on Thursday, October 6, 2011 after a heroic effort in her fight against cancer. Born October 18, 1958 in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Robert Winfield Hogg and Betty Jane (Oberdorff) Johnson, of Lancaster. She will be lovingly missed by her daughter: Jessica R., wife of Robby Crosby of Terre Hill, her son: Christopher C. Wipprecht of Maryland; her brothers: Robert and Dennis Hogg; and the father of her children: Bruce Wipprecht.  Cindy attended New Providence Mennonite Church. She loved visiting the beach, especially Dewey Beach in Delaware, and camping with her family and friends. She was an avid animal lover and music enthusiast, especially for Dierks Bentley.

Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2011  at the Gundel Funeral Home, 3225 Main St., Conestoga.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, 685 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

If you would like to send a message of condolence, please visit gundelfuneralhome.com.

God bless you, Cindy!
RIP 10-06-11

DBC Chair


  1. My prayers are with her family. I left a message for her on the funeral home. It is always so sad to lose one of our members because I do feel like they are family. Another piece of our "Home" is now missing...very sad. Becky aka beckysrosecottage DB Congres Delaware Rep

  2. Marie Tray from PaWed Oct 12, 10:10:00 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Cindy was a very kind and a caring person and I enjoyed going on many DRTs with her, in the summer of 2009 while dierks was on tour with Brad Paisley.We attended 3 concerts that year.One of the shows was at the Delaware state fair. We had a great time and laughed all the way home to Willow street as we were sharing OUR stories about our meet and greets with dierks.She will be truly missed.

  3. We will miss you Cindy!!! Much love to you and I know Dierks lost a *true* Congress member.

  4. I will keep her family in my prayers. I will say an extra prayer for her next week on her birthday, it will be my mom's birthday as well that day.