Obituary: Cynthia F. Gralenski

Cynthia F. Gralenski, 76, of Shelburne, N.H., passed away on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020, at the St. Vincent de Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born in Gloucester, Mass., on Nov. 26, 1943, the daughter of the late Otto and Evelyn (Forseman) Wayrynen and grew up in Rockport, Mass. where she met her husband, John. They moved briefly to Norwalk, Conn., before moving to Whitefield, N.H., and later settling in Shelburne, N.H., in 1974.

Cynthia was an active volunteer for Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

She served on the Town of Shelburne Cemetery Committee and the Shelburne Woman’s Club, and loved to watch all sporting activities of her children and grandchildren.

Her family includes her sons, Douglas J. Gralenski and wife Pamela of Gorham, N.H., and Daniel Gralenski and wife Tristen of Bellevue, Idaho; grandchildren Nicholas, Lauren, Trail and D.J. Gralenski; step-granddaughter Devan Hoehn and step-great-granddaughter Ellison Gray Hoehn; mother Evelyn (Wayrnen) Makkonen of Rockport, Mass.; a brother Ray Makkonen of Rockport; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Gralenski, on Sept. 2, 2019; her step-father, Reino Makkonen, and her brother, Everett Wayrynen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday Jan. 10, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham, N.H.

Interment will be in the spring in the Wheeler Cemetery in Shelburne.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3-6 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to Lamb’s Chapel, 214 School St., Berlin, NH 03570. Find the online guestbook at

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