Cynthia Ann Bobruk

Cynthia Ann Bobruk

November 03, 1960 ~ April 26, 2019

Resided in: Ladera Ranch, CA

Cynthia Bobruk, Executive Director and President of the Orange Catholic Foundation passed away on April 26th, 2019. Cindy led the development staff and was responsible for the leadership and operations of the Foundation supporting all aspects of Catholic life in Orange County, California.

The Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) and Mrs. Bobruk, under the leadership of the OCF Board of Directors and in collaboration with the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange worked tirelessly on the renovation of the 35-acre Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) campus in Garden Grove. Her efforts also served to grow the tuition assistance endowment for students at Catholic elementary schools, an endowment for the needs of retired diocesan priests, support of the 62 parishes and centers in the diocese and provide resources for vital pastoral ministries including Catholic Charities of Orange County.

Cindy worked in nonprofit advancement for more than 30 years. She began her career in the nonprofit sector as a development director for the University of California – Irvine and a director of advancement for St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano.

Her extraordinary leadership, exceptional ethical standards and devotion to her Catholic faith were evident in the many successful philanthropic initiatives she led. Cindy will be missed as a professional, a colleague and a friend.

Despite her hectic schedule, family and friends were Cindy’s passion and delight. She enjoyed horseback riding, watching baseball games and was often found at her sons’ sporting events with the love of her life, Jonathan Bobruk. Cindy and Jonathan married 28 years ago in Dana Point. Shortly after, they moved to Ladera Ranch and raised their two sons, Jack and Luke.

Cindy is survived by her husband and two sons and several loving relatives and close friends. She and her family are founding parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Ranch, California.

The Board of the Orange Catholic Foundation established the Cynthia Bobruk Operations Endowment Fund in her honor. Memorial gifts may be made at www.OrangeCatholicFoundation.org/Cindy.

A separate family fund was established to assist the family during these difficult times. Donors can give online through PayPal at this link: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8dYZK5UxGI

Or mail checks directly to:

Farmers & Merchants Bank
Attn: Religious Client Services Branch
Bobruk Family Fund (in memo area)
12535 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach CA 90740

Or contact the Religious Client Services branch directly at rcs@fmb.comor by telephone at 562-344-4070, for additional donation options.

 

Cindy’s services:

Rosary Vigil:   Thursday, May 9that 7:00pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Catholic Funeral Mass:  Friday, May 10th  at 9:00am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 Corporate Dr., Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Reception to follow Funeral Mass.

The Rite of Christian Burial will be held privately on another date.

 

Services

Vigil Service: May 9, 2019 7:00 pm

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1600 Corporate Drive
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694


Funeral Mass: May 10, 2019 9:00 am

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1600 Corporate Drive
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694


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  1. Tuan D. Nguyen, A.L.M. April 27, 2019 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I found out about Cynthia Bobruk’s passing last night. I was shocked and saddened. I have known Cindy only in the past few years but she has always been so professional, kind and care so much for our Diocese of Orange and for our Catholic schools and our children. As President of the Orange Catholic Foundation, Cindy’s passion and commitment toward’s its goal are palpable. She is loved and respected by so many people and colleagues, in and out of the Diocese of Orange. Her achievements and commitment will be “living” through the Orange Catholic Foundation for many years to come. She will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. May God Bless you always and rest in peace.

    Tuan D. Nguyen, A.L.M.
    Chairman of the Diocesan Consultative School Board

  2. Alan & Jeannine Arnold April 28, 2019 at 5:40 am - Reply

    May God Bless Cindy. We will miss you greatly.

  3. Kira Erquiaga April 28, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

    We are heartbroken to hear of Cindy’s passing. What a wonderful woman and an example to all! We send our deepest sympathy to the family and pray that they are surrounded in live and comfort during these painful days. Much love, Kira & Garrett Erquiaga.

  4. Shirley Merchant April 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    May our Lord bless her soul and comfort her family. She was an inspiration and I will keep her in my prayers.

  5. Francie & Bob Turner April 28, 2019 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  6. Sr. Teresa Lynch April 28, 2019 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    All of us at Saint Anne School are so sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. Cindy was such a beautiful person who gave much of herself to those in need, and our students were the recipients of her generous goodness. You are in our thoughts and prayer and we will miss Cindy greatly. I will especially miss her kindness and thoughtfulness.

  7. Stacey Velazquez April 29, 2019 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I remember Cindy from work together and was so nice woman and say hello our Orange Catholic Foundation for meeting sometime . I’m really miss her so much and keep prayer with her family . God bless

  8. Elaine John April 29, 2019 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Keeping your words and memory with me through your love for our faith and wisdom.

  9. Adela Solis April 29, 2019 at 8:07 am - Reply

    The School of Our Lady Community is very saddened to hear of Cindy’s passing. Her love of Catholic Education was a big part of who she was and we all loved her for that. A few years ago at the Marian Alliance Donor Breakfast she was made an honorary Madrina by our own Madrinas. She proudly wore her shirt that day. May God give her family strength during this difficult time of grief.

  10. Hank Evers April 29, 2019 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Upon hearing that Cindy Bobruk passed through this life into the wondrous beauty of life everlasting I felt simultaneous joy and sadness. She had suffered long enough. In fact, far too long. So too had those who deeply loved her, especially Jonathan, her husband, and Jack and Luke, her two sons.

    For those of us who worked with Cindy, it was bittersweet. Since learning of her cancer on November 15, 2017 to her final month, Cindy continued to work with us, rarely skipping a beat. She never gave up or gave in. The cancer and many rounds of chemotherapy barely slowed her down. Neither did it take away her razor sharp edge for running the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF).

    When I first looked at the years, 1960-2019, in her obituary I thought of that poem in which the dash represented all the time she spent alive and how now only those who loved her know its worth. If that is true, I want to share a small portion of her worth to the Diocese of Orange. In my estimate it is an amazing legacy.

    Cindy joined the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) in 2010. At that time the foundation had little to no name or brand recognition and its primary value was managing the Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA).

    Within her first year, Cindy orchestrated the diocese’s first-ever capital campaign, For Christ Forever, engaging the support of all 62 parishes and more than 25,000 families. That campaign ultimately raised more than $120 million that today provides financial assistance to our Catholic schools, local parishes, priest retirement, diocesan ministries, and the transformation of Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral.

    Cindy directed the launch of what I believe will be the source of continued financial sustainability in our diocese, Wills and Trusts Week. Since the first Wills and Trusts Week in the fall of 2011, the Orange Catholic Foundation has helped more than 6,000 people understand the importance of an estate plan in protecting and providing for loved ones. As an adjunct to these seminars she guided the development of the Light of Christ Legacy Society that was established to recognize and thank supporters of the Diocese of Orange who provide for the long-range financial stability of our Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries of our local Church of Orange.

    Making Catholic education accessible, available and affordable to all families willing to pay according to their means was near to Cindy’s heart. Over the years, she helped grow the Conference on Business & Ethics (CBE) from a reasonably sized breakfast to the #1 non-profit breakfast event in Orange County generating an annual net profit north of $500,000 each year. That breakfast alone now provides financial support for approximately 300 students each year. My best guess would be that during her years of leadership, the CBE provided financial support to nearly 2,000 students.

    Under Cindy’s leadership and during the period of 2011 to 2018, endowment and special interest funds grew in number from 28 to 93 and in value from $12 million to nearly $40 million.

    These are but a few of the tangible markers left behind that benefit many. For those who worked directly with Cindy, it was the virtues of faith, hope and love that she helped permeate the organization at all levels; board of directors, staff, donors and even many of our vendors. We will remember her for these as she ensured they were integral in our everyday work lives.

    Although Cindy’s life was abbreviated by cancer, her “dash” will always represent the value she created and a lasting legacy left for all of us to remember.

  11. Jackie Brady April 29, 2019 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I met Cindy for the first time when she visited St. Edward the Confessor to assist with the capital campaign for Christ Cathedral and then got to know her better these past few years as an OCF board member. From the beginning, Cindy always impressed me professionally with her competence and ethics. We will greatly miss her leadership at OCF but I know that does not compare to the sorrow her sons and husband feel now. May God grant you consolation knowing she is with our Lord in heaven.

  12. Chad and Shari Tredway April 29, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    We are so sad to hear about Cindy’s passing. Our condolences to the family.She will be greatly missed.

  13. Nancy Patch April 30, 2019 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Deepest condolences. Peace be with Cindy and her family.

  14. Patricia Atallah, R.N. April 30, 2019 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Monica impacted MANY lives, including mine. She was such a strong, valiant woman-one who always advocated for others, and showed valor, strength and dignity during the brief time I had to know her. She will be remembered by many, and I will take the example of strength and dignity she demonstrated, with me as a model of how a truly strong woman loves her family, her life and her God.

  15. Marge and Robyn Romagnino April 30, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Our heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer
    My the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead
    Wishing you God’s peace
    We love you,
    Marge and Robyn

  16. Gina Kerley April 30, 2019 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Cindy was a fellow Catholic School parent, fundraising mentor and such a beautiful person. While we are SO saddened by her lost, I take comfort knowing that she is now truly living what we believe – everlasting life with our Lord. Prayers and blessings upon Jonathan and the boys.

  17. Lynn Goldberg April 30, 2019 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    So sorry to the Brobuk men and family! Cindy was a wonderful person and such a hard worker. This is a great loss to the community and to her church. Rest In Peace and may those you leave behind find some comfort.

  18. Loretta and Dennis Rieger April 30, 2019 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Cindy’s beautiful smile and joyful voice will be etched in the memories of all who knew her.
    Her light will always shine brightly in those whose lives she served through her good works.
    We send our deepest condolences to Jonathan, Jack and Luke.
    Thank you for sharing your precious wife and mother with us.
    God bless you.

  19. Lisa Brabender April 30, 2019 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences, Cindy was an inspiration to us all!

  20. Laurie Smith May 1, 2019 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My heart is breaking to hear this sad news of Cindy’s passing! She was a very dear soul with a love for helping others. We both shared a Catholic bond and she was the one who inspired me to volunteer and teach Faith Formation after I retired from St. Margaret’s. May God Bless Cindy and family. ♥️

  21. Laarni G omingo May 1, 2019 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for all your hard work Cindy. We may not know each other but I appreciate all the lifting that you did for our Catholic Faith. Surely, God is welcoming you with open arms as one of HIS best soldiers. God Bless Your Family…

  22. Neilson Family May 1, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Bobruk family. The heavens have a teriffic set angel wings watching over all us now.

  23. Judy Luttrell May 1, 2019 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Cindy during my ministry at St. Bonvaventure School and Rosary High School. Her kindness, patience, and professionalism were inspiring and humbling. My family will pray for your family’s comfort in the knowledge that she is always with you in Christ.

  24. Mark Campaigne May 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Fortunately for me, and many others at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Cindy joined our school community as the Development Director in 1992 and remained after I retired in 2003. During this time the school experienced remarkable growth in facilities, student population, land acquisition, faculty salaries, financial aid and a healthy sense of pride in the education being offered, and the students who benefitted from it. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary fund raising leadership, integrity, and professionalism of Cindy, working with and inspiring members of the Board of Trustees, and hundreds of parent volunteers, while establishing a collegial and supportive relationship with faculty and staff. Cindy worked tirelessly for the school to ensure that growth and excellence would be sustained from year to year. All the while she also was devoted to her husband, Jonathan, and sons Jack and Luke.
    I will miss Cindy as friend and former colleague and know that St. Margaret’s school will bear the evidence of her impact for years to come.

  25. Coleen Eggert May 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    May Cindy be resting in the arms of our Lord …. may her family find comfort knowing others truly care .
    Sending sincere sympathy,
    Coleen Eggert

    ” a faith and knowledge resting on the HOPE of eternal life , which God , who does not lie promised before the beginning of time .” Titus 1:2

    Hold on to that Hope !!!

  26. Kassandra B Miller May 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    You were such an inspirational and positive person. I will miss you. Thank you for being someone always focused on progress and change for the good.

    God Bless You, Cindy.

    Kassandra MIller
    Business Manager, MBSJC

  27. Linda Mazzara May 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I met Cindy only once at a breakfast at Christ’s Cathedral. She was so welcoming, I commented to her that her smile put everyone at ease and she had the right job. She nodded and in a bit proceeded to introduce the people putting on this event with joy. I remember her and have been praying for her and the family. Truly God’s light here on earth and His angel now in heaven. With sympathy, Linda

  28. Georgeann Lovett May 6, 2019 at 11:44 am - Reply

    What a gentle light that we have lost. Cindy was a delight to know. She took time to greet you and always to feel welcomed. She made the world a better place with her presence.

  29. Georgeann Lovett May 6, 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

    What a bright and gentle light we have lost. Cindy was warm and welcoming. The world was a kinder place with her in it. You will be missed. The angels and saints in heaven will enjoy her company as much as we did here on earth.

  30. jill May 7, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    It was a tremendous blessing to serve with Cindy on our Orange Catholic Foundation. Her professional competence, and organizing skills and engaging warmth were exceptional. We will miss her dearly and we are praying for the repose of her soul and for her family daily. Scott Richmond

  31. Paige Baker May 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    We are missing you Cindy and we are just two of the many. Your legacy is so strong. First your husband Jonathan and your sons and then your legacy for the church. You have left an indelible mark of goodness. May God bless you and all those who love you. With Deep respect. Bill & Paige Baker

  32. Tim and Gayle Gilligan May 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I was praying for a miracle throughout Easter but God called you home. God Bless you and your family.

  33. Melonie Miller May 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I just today 5/24/19 stumbled across the information that Cynthia has passed. I am horrified and heart broken on behalf of her husband, and her sons Luke and Jack whom I knew well. When Cyndy entered a room, she brought such good energy in with her. She always had a warm smile no matter how tired or busy she was, and was such a patient and loving mother. I know that she rests with God so I have no worry for her, I’m just sad for all of us left behind that will miss her.

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