Cynthia Lynn Desatoff
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Cynthia Lynn Desatoff, 67, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2020, in her home by the Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach.

She was born Cynthia Lynn Zinszer in Kansas and moved with her parents to California in the mid 1950s with her younger sisters Pamela and Deborah and brother Ron. She and her sisters and brother grew up in Topanga Canyon.

As a model and actor in her teens and early twenties, Cindy toured the United States as 'Cinderella' for Disney Studios. Later, she worked in film and television production where she met and married the love of her life, director/cameraman Paul Desatoff.

Together, Cindy and Paul two daughters together: Jennifer Lynn and Margaret Katherine.
It was here lifelong dream to be a mom and this dream was realized in her love and devotion to her daughters Jenny and Maggie

Cindy also was a loving and devoted grandmother to Charlotte Lynn Taylor, and leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as many loving and devoted friends and family.

Besides being an amazing artist, Cindy was a positive force in local environmental advocacy and activism, Her creativity, zest for life, kind heart, and compassionate nature will long be remembered by all who knew her well, and by all whose lives she touched.

As a resident of Long Beach for more than 30 years, Cindy was no "silent citizen"! Her environmental activism as a founding member of the wetlands rescue organization 'Friends of the Colorado Lagoon' (FOCL) will live on as an example of her dedication to making, not just Long Beach but the world, a viable and more beautiful environment.

Cynthia Lynn Desatoff was unmatched in her relentless determination - yet she always led with kindness! She defined the adage: She did not know it was impossible, so she did it.
(Apologies to Mark Twain )

A memorial is tentatively planned for July 3, 2020, pending COVID19 restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of the Colorado Lagoon at

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from May 28 to Jun. 4, 2020.
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August 4, 2020
I just learned you received your wings. So many years have pasted since we shared laughs. One day we will laugh together again!
Linda Finch-Merrill
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