Cynthia Sue Penne passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the presence of her family.
Born April 29, 1952, in Berwyn, Ill., Cynthia attended Houghton College and the Eastman School of Music, where she majored in Viola Performance. After settling in Lexington, Cynthia enjoyed a 40-year career as a classical violinist, violist and strings teacher. In addition to performing in several Virginia orchestras and ensembles, she served as a strings instructor at Washington and Lee University and created Lexington’s Suzuki Strings program for children. She shared her love of music with many in Lexington and the Rockbridge and Bath County areas. Cynthia was characterized not only by her passion for music, but also her natural gift for gardening. She was a member of the Lexington Herb Guild, a supporter of local fine arts, an avid reader and a devoted friend.
Cynthia is survived by her husband Andrew C. Johnson Jr., daughter Emily Shea, stepson Christopher Johnson, mother Florence Penne, sisters Mary Penne Mays and Alice Marks and brother David Penne. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Penne.A memorial service will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fine Arts In Rockbridge (FAIR).