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Doreen Koenig, 62, Dies

Doreen Koenig, wife of City Furniture CEO Keith Koenig, has died following a two-and-a-half-year battle with breast cancer. She was 62.

Born Doreen Gail Sindicich Oct. 20, 1952, in East Chicago, Ind., at St. Catherine Hospital to Dotti and Nick Sindicich. She has three siblings, a sister, Denise, and two brothers, Nick III and Dean. The Sindicich family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in 1956. 

After college, Doreen worked as a flight attendant at Eastern Airlines. While attending an engagement party for mutual friends, she met Keith Theodore Koenig. They were married on Aug. 26, 1978 and have two children, son Andrew and daughter Daren. 

Together, Doreen and Keith have worked to enrich the South Florida community through their support of numerous charity organizations such as the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's at Holy Cross Hospital,"The Girlfriend's Club", Women Owning Wellness, Making Strides for Breast Cancer, the American Cancer Society, the Museum of Discovery & Science, ARC Broward, Deliver the Dream, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Jack & Jill Children's Center, Covenant House, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and School, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the University of Florida, and the Archdiocese of Miami.

One of the family’s sayings is "We don't give because we are blessed, we are blessed because we give". Doreen always put the needs of her husband, kids and family first. She had an infectious smile and was the life of any party. She had an amazing group of girlfriends that she loved shopping with, playing golf together and having a martini (or 3)—thus her nickname "Doreen-i Martini". She was the most amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Doreen often said that, "We want to be inclusive, not exclusive", which is why she and Keith always included friends and family in their social and philanthropic work.

Doreen is survived by her husband, Keith, children Andrew Koenig and Daren Koenig Cronin, mother Dotti Sindicich, sister Denise Sindicich Smith, brothers Nick and Dean Sindicich, son-in-law Ryan Cronin, daughter-in-law Deana Koenig, and her grandchildren KC Cronin (6), Jack Cronin (5), and Aaron Koenig (due Aug. 24). There will be a wake and viewing today at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church  in Plantation, Fla., from 4-8 p.m. A Catholic Mass will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, immediately followed by a burial ceremony at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale. Arrangements are being handled by Boyd Panciera Family Funeral Care


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