I was so sorry to hear this morning, about the death of lifelong Running Springs resident Cindy Alvers. Cindy was the daughter of Dee and Charlie Balletti (and in the “old days” everyone knew them!). Sadly, Cindy battled breast cancer four years before it finally claimed her life last Sunday. She died peacefully in a hospital in Rialto. She attended school at Running Springs Elementary, Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School and she graduated from Rim High School and I know that her friends and former classmates will be so sorry to hear of her recent death.
A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. Calvary Chapel Running Springs . The church is located directly on Hwy. 18 (the property “locals” refer to as the former home of Chateau Pines). I know her friends and family will miss her presence in their daily lives and honor her for her brave battle with cancer all these years. She died peacefully on Sept. 15 at 4:49 a.m.
Cindy was preceded in death by her stepfather Charles (Charlie) Balletti, her brothers-in-law Robert Nehls and David Ritch and her sister-in-law Joni Alvers.
Beautiful Cindy is survived by her mother, Dee Balletti of San Bernardino, her brother Jon Alvers of San Bernardino, three sisters: Myra Ritch of Mesa, Idaho, Lori Nehls of LaPine, Oregon, Donna and Craig Reed of Running Springs as well as six nieces, four nephews, many great-nieces and grant nephews and numerous cousins and Chester of Arrowbear Lake.
Cindy was a wonderful sister, daughter and friend to many and her giving spirit was never ending. Cindy was born on March 3, 1962 in Riverside and she was a mountain resident all her life. She was a proud Rim high Scots graduate in the class of 1980. At the time of her death she was living in Arrowbear Lake, California in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains in southern California.
I know her family and friends will miss this delightful woman in their lives but I hope they take comfort in knowing that she was loved and adored by friends and family and all those who knew her in the local mountain communities as well as in her home in Riverside. Those of us who were fortunate enough to live in the Running Springs area in the 1980s and 1990s remember the Balletti family with love and respect and I feel I can speak for the community that we share the loss of Cindy. She was a lovely, caring woman!