Cynthia L. "Cindy" Howl, a retired registered nurse and a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, died May 23 of complications from diabetes at her Broadmead retirement community home in Cockeysville. She was 54.
The daughter of Paul Peterson, who had been medical administrator at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif., and Sharon Peterson, a homemaker, Cynthia Lee Peterson was born in Milwaukee and moved to Palm Springs when she was a teenager.
She graduated in 1977 from Palm Springs High School and earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
Mrs. Howl began working in Alzheimer's care at the Covenant Village of Golden Valley retirement community in Minneapolis.
"This was where some of the first Alzheimer's care in the country took place," said her husband of 32 years, John Howl, who is CEO of Broadmead.
From 1983 to 1998, she worked in cardiac care at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis. When her husband took a job in Denver, she went to work in 1998 at Shalom, a Jewish senior living and retirement community.
In 2002, the couple moved to Los Angeles, and Mrs. Howl worked as an elementary school nurse from 2005 to 2006 in Arcadia, Calif.
"She loved children and loved that job, but had to stop working because her diabetes really began affecting her. It was so sad," said her husband.
Mrs. Howl was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, her husband said.
The couple were living in Madison, Wis., when Mr. Howl was recruited to become CEO at Broadmead last year.
"We kept our home in Madison and lived in an apartment at Broadmead," he said.
Mrs. Howl enjoyed music, art, traveling and sports.
"Family was at the top of her list, as was the Green Bay Packers. She was a Cheesehead through and through," said her husband.
Plans for a memorial service to be held at Broadmead are incomplete.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Howl is survived by two sons, Paul Howl and Steven Howl, both of Madison; a brother, Tim Peterson of Hartford, Conn.; a sister, Patty Peterson of Germantown; and a granddaughter.