Cindy Tong passed away at her home in Martis Valley where she and her husband, Arthur Tong, resided. She was born June 29,1951, and died Nov. 18.
Cindy grew up in Sacramento and attended local schools there. She went on to study at the Dominican Convent (now Dominican College) in San Rafael.
Cindy had been a longtime Truckee resident and was the fifth generation of her family to reside in the Martis Valley. Her grandfather settled in the Martis Valley in the late 1880s, where he established the Joerger Ranch. Cindy would spend her summers as a child in Martis Valley and, in her 20s, decided to build her home in the valley she loved so much.
Cindy was always involved in nature, wildlife, and the environment. Her love for animals was apparent in the manner in which she cared for all pets. Regularly her husband hauled in huge containers of bird seed to feed the local birds. Hiking with her many friends was her passion. Cross country skiing was her sport and her career. She taught for 27 years as an instructor at the Northstar Cross Country center. Her love was working with the young school groups and beginning cross country skiers. Cindy was a local history buff and served for many years as a guide for the annual Donner Party Hike, which was sponsored by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. Her care for others was evident when, two years ago, she raised several thousand dollars for the M.S. Foundation.
Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, Jean C. Renwick and George C. Brown. She is survived by her husband, Arthur, and her siblings: Karen Semon of Sacramento; Kathleen Inzerillo and husband Ronald of Sacramento; John Renwick and wife Teresa of Sacramento; and nieces and nephews: Donald Semon, David Semon, Kimberly Verity, all of Sacramento; Chrissy Renwick and Brandon Renwick, of Grass Valley, and great nieces and nephews Taylor Semon, Samantha Semon, Allison Semon, and Vincent Semon of Sacramento.
Cindy was a beautiful person, inside and out, and a gentle soul, who was greatly loved by her family and friends.
Services will be held at the Sierra Bible Church, 11460 Brockway Road, Truckee, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27. Viewing will be held Sunday, Nov. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Mortuary, 10126 Church Street, Truckee, Calif., 587-4342.
To assist in maintaining the trail she loved to hike, donations in memory of Cindy may be made to the non- profit: Tahoe Rim Trail Association, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451.