Friday, July 05, 2013

Thalia Definsky Cady, 1950 - 2013

It is with sadness that we enter this blog entry. Thalia, the author of this blog, died on May 7, 2013. The project described below is still in progress, and we will announce news of it here.

Thalia Definski Cady, age 63, of Westfield, MA and the world passed 
away May 7, 2013.

She was born in Springfield, MA, January 20, 1950, to Frances 
(Przekop) and Peter T. Definski. Thalia attended the University of 
Nebraska receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of 
Mass-Amherst in 1971. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity 
Degree from Hamma School of Theology at Wittenburg University in 
Springfield, Ohio.

Her parents and older bother, Peter, predeceased Thalia.

For many years Thalia worked as a digital marketing consultant. She 
was an exceptional writer having published a book of poetry, Insults to 
the Darkness. In recent years, she was a Religion and Spirituality 
columnist for BlogHer, one of the leading women's social media blogs. 

Thalia’s current project was co-authoring a book of prayer for 

Thalia traveled extensively and enjoyed an abundant spiritual and 
intellectual life. Her greatest joy was to spend time with her dear 
friends, godson, Matthew Stein and of course her beloved Zoe.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 29 at St. 
Mary’s Cemetery, Westfield, MA. Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 
Broad St, Westfield, MA is in charge of burial 

Memorial contributions may be made to the 
Westfield Regional Animal Shelter, 178 
Apremont Way, Westfield, MA 01085 or 
Westfield Homeless Cat Project, 1124 East 
Mountain Road, Westfield, MA 01085.


Anonymous Denise said...

I'm so sorry to hear of this.

Thalia was a wonderful person and a fabulous editor, at BlogHer.

My thoughts are with her friends and family.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I was on the editing team with Thalia at BlogHer for several years, and benefited many times over from her insights in blog posts and on our active e-mail list. I am sorry to hear of her passing, but it's a testament to the kind of person she was that I never met her in person, and haven't communicated with her in a long time, but feel great sadness tonight.

All my best to those who loved her.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

A very cool lady. I hope her passing was gentle. This is a sad news indeed.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Maria said...

Exactly what Laurie said. I am so very saddened by this news. All who loved Thalia are in my heart tonight.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

This saddens me greatly. She had a beautiful spirit. May she rest in peace.


9:31 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Stone said...

I am so sad to hear of Thalia's passing. My heart goes out to her extended friend-family for your loss. And I am sending up a prayer of thanks for her words and her prayers -- Thalia's courage and integrity as a writer and as a woman were an inspiration to me. I was very proud to be her colleague and to publish her work at BlogHer.

Peace --

9:59 PM  
Blogger Professor Kim said...

I met her once, at a Blogher conference. But we came to be friends over email and by phone. Sometimes the conversation was prompted by something one of us had written. Sometimes it was prompted by our shared love of jazz. She was exceedingly kind when my mom died. She guided me through seasons of grief. She was very excited about her book project. I hope it comes to fruition. I am grateful for her friendship and I will treasure the memory of our conversations.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Heather Clisby said...

I also knew her through BlogHer. We worked together on several religion posts. However, it was the post about being snowbound - that I kept urging her to write - where we had the most fun together - by phone and email.

She was a delightful, curious soul and the world was a better place because she'd stopped by.

RIP Thalia.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I just heard the sad news. She will be remembered very fondly and I, in particular, will remember her with great joy. She always made me feel good even while I was editing once of her pieces. I guess that was just her nature.

Not many people could make me smile like that while I worked.

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Rita Arens said...

I worked extensively with Thalia -- or as I knew her, Mata -- at BlogHer and am sorry to hear she's gone. My thoughts are with you all.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Sumedh Sharma said...

I cldn't know Thalia personally but i read her blogs occasionally and feel sorry to know that she has passed away to the heaven! My condolences to her friends and family

1:39 AM  
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Blogger Harlan said...

I worked with her forever ago, and she was a great joy to work with, a fun and funny lady.

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