Cynthia Rosedale, a respected employee of the Pasadena Senior Center since 1992 and a former member of the board of directors, passed away March 29 after a long illness. She was the director of events, volunteers and senior games.
Born and raised in the Pasadena area, she graduated from Westridge School for Girls and the University of California-Berkeley.
For more than 30 years she was devoted to the lives of seniors. It was in her DNA: Her grandmother was one of the founders of the Pasadena Senior Center in 1960, her aunt was an early volunteer and her mother’s best friend was the first executive director.
When she was asked to serve on the board of the directors in 1986, she happily agreed and six years later was hired as a staff member.
She brought what was then known as the Senior Olympics to Pasadena in 1992, which has since expanded to the California Senior Games Championships. She managed the games and served as vice chair of the California Senior Games Association until her death. With about 2,000 athletes ages 50 and older competing annually in nearly 30 sports categories at 24 venues in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the California Senior Games Championships is a qualifying event for the National Senior Games Championships.
In addition, she coordinated all Pasadena Senior Center volunteer activities and organized special events throughout the year, from holiday dinners, brunches and dances to summer concerts in Memorial Park.
“Cynthia truly was the face of the Pasadena Senior Center,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director. “She touched so many with her generosity, encouragement and hard work, was always approachable and was absolutely amazing. She has left an exceptional legacy that I know will live on in the good works of our board, staff, volunteers and members who were so inspired by her.”
A condolence book, along with a photo of Cynthia Rosedale, is available at the Welcome Desk at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All who knew her are encouraged to sign the condolence book, which will be given to the surviving family.