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Cindy Kassel

September 5, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Cindy Hurley Kassel was born May 22, 1957, to Don and Ann (Cornwell) Hurley. She was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Mallard, Iowa.

Cindy was raised on a farm near Mallard and graduated from Mallard High School in 1975. She enjoyed her studies as well as her involvement in 4-H and speech. She then attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1980 with degree in Food Science and Dietetics.

Despite adamantly saying that she would never marry a farmer, Cindy was united in marriage to David Kassel on February 7, 1981 at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. They were blessed with three daughters, Heidi, Anne and Katie. Cindy was an amazing wife and mother, always putting the needs of her family first. She never missed an event her girls were involved in and was always their biggest supporter. Through example, Cindy instilled confidence, a strong work ethic, a love for family, and a little of her own personal Cindy fire into each of her daughters.

Cindy worked as a registered dietician for more than 35 years, primarily within the Palo Alto County Health System and various other healthcare facilities in the surrounding area. In addition, Cindy worked in partnership with Dave to manage and build the farm near Ayrshire.

Cindy's faith shaped and sustained her throughout her life. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg, where she was active in the Prayer Warriors and served on several committees in leadership roles, including the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Cindy was also a member of P.E.O., Chapter B.K. in Emmetsburg, having served as President.

Cindy's home was always filled with love, joy and good food. She enjoyed entertaining for family and friends and cooking her favorite recipes that are lovingly taped to the inside of the cupboard doors. She loved spending time with Dave, enjoying time on the water, sewing, reading and snacking on popcorn. Everything Cindy did was done with energy, attention to detail, and with her full heart.

She also enjoyed socializing and spending time with her friends and will certainly be remembered as a kind and caring individual with a loving soul.

Cindy had the joy of adding her sons-in-law, Scott and Billy, to her family and loved them as her own. She looked forward to becoming a grandmother and was blessed with three grandchildren within the past year. Cindy cherished every moment she got to spend with Luke, Lauren and Mason.

Cindy passed away Monday, August 27, 2018, in her home surrounded by her family, at the age of 61, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her father, Don Hurley and nephew, Luke Rouse.

She is survived by her husband, Dave of Ayrshire; her daughters and sons-in-law, Heidi and Scott Fritz of Plymouth, Minnesota, Anne and Billy Holmquist of Minnetrista, Minnesota and Katie Kassel of Kansas City, Missouri; three grandchildren, Luke Holmquist, Lauren Holmquist and Mason Fritz; her mother, Ann Hurley of Emmetsburg; her sister, Sue (Rich) Rouse of Emmetsburg; her brother, Rick (Johnny) Hurley of Emmetsburg; mother- in-law and father-in-law, Ken and Janice Kassel of Emmetsburg; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul and Julie Kassel of Spencer, Jim and Patti Kassel of Louisville, KY and Karen and Joey Hutto of Dacula, GA; many nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives and countless friends.



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