Cynthia Kaye Huegen of O’Fallon, formerly of Trenton, died Monday, February 10, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.

She was born June 4, 1952 in Johnston City, Illinois, daughter of Ernest and Opal Smith, nee Tolbert, and they preceded her in death.

She was also preceded by two sisters, Alma (Horace) Grant, and Patsy (Charles) Anderson; and two brothers, Laverne Smith and Herbert (Margaret) Smith.

She married Dale Huegen on September 2, 1972, and he survives at home.

She is also survived by her daughter Sarah (Brent) Cardillo; her son Neil (Jennifer) Huegen; three grandchildren, Stella Cardillo, and Nolan and Langston Huegen; sisters Bonnie (Luther) Kinley, Marilyn (Hugh) Durham, Dorothy (Ron) Thompson, and Carolyn (John) Grant; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Cynthia graduated from Johnston City High School in 1970, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she met Dale. She completed her master’s degree at SIU-Edwardsville and spent the majority of her career as an English teacher and English department chair at Mater Dei High School in Breese, where she was named Educator of the Year. She and Dale made their home in Trenton for almost 40 years; she was a Eucharistic minister at St Mary Parish.

Family was everything to Cynthia. She loved attending the Smith family reunion every Labor Day weekend and was proud that the reunion was born of her and Dale’s marriage. Until her illness made her too weak to travel, she never missed a reunion. In her retirement, she devoted herself to spending time with her grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday, February 14, from St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers, the Reverend Anthony Onyango officiating.

Friends may call on Friday from 8:30 a. m. to 10:45 a. m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Cynthia’s name to Mater Dei Catholic High School; they will be received at the church or Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden. Condolences to