Cindy Massie Alberhasky, age 65, passed away at her home in Sandy Springs surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Cindy was born to Harold and Shirley Massie on Nov. 4, 1952, in Skokie, Ill. She was the first of three sisters. She grew up in Chicago, moving to Louisville, Ky., late in high school. As a senior in high school, she met Mark Alberhasky, whom she would later marry and with whom she would raise two sons, Brandon and Evan. Cindy taught hearing-impaired children for 10 years, first at the Louisville Deaf Oral School and later in the Louisville public school system. She lived in Bowling Green, Ky., for nearly 25 years and was active in the community with a wide circle of friends.

When her husband retired from medicine, the family moved to Atlanta to be close to family when she was not traveling the world with Mark. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2017, she was determined to savor every minute, welcoming her first granddaughter the following July, celebrating her 65th birthday with family in November, and bravely battling cancer until the end, participating in an experimental clinical trial. TEAM Cindy/Fearless Warriors was a support group formed in her honor that raised over $15,000 for pancreatic cancer research. Cindy brightened every room she entered and every friendship. She was an avid reader, loved piano and was idolized by her dogs.

Cindy is survived by her mother, Shirley Massie; her husband, Mark; son Brandon and his wife, Sarah; son Evan and his wife, Marina; granddaughter Katherine; and sisters Lori Kessler and Dawn Zachariah.

Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).