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Cynthia J. Gunderson

d. June 29, 2020

Cynthia Jane Gunderson, 64, Bathgate, ND, died peacefully at home on Monday, June 29, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley at the time of her death due to cancer. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bathgate Presbyterian Church, Bathgate, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Both services will be live streamed at the Askew Funeral Homes Facebook page. Social distancing and masks are recommended.


Cinder was born on January 9, 1956 and raised in Fargo, ND, the daughter of Blanche and Cliff Cossette. She attended Shanley High School and North Dakota State University. Cinder married William (Bill) Gunderson on April 16, 1977 in Bathgate. They had three children, Stacey (Spencer) Reynolds, Brookings, OR; Joey (Denise) Gunderson, Grand Forks, ND; Daniel (Mandy) Gunderson, Fargo. They also had five grandchildren, Abby (19), Noah (13), Jack (10), Blake (8) and Eva (2).


Cinder understood the importance of relationships and worked to facilitate those relationships in her church, community and at home. She fostered these relationships through her care for missions, her involvement in her church, her caretaking of the Bathgate community or by making sure that family always had a place to gather


She took the utmost pride in being a homemaker. Raising her three children, decorating her home, maintaining beautiful gardens and landscaping. She became an amazing grandmother to her grandchildren as well. She delighted in time spent with them and loved watching them grow into unique individuals.


Her greatest accomplishment in life may have been the 43 years of marriage to Bill. The foundation of their marriage was their Christian faith and their devotion to each other was unquestionable. They also shared a great passion for traveling to visit family and friends, something they did whenever the opportunity presented itself. 


In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, she is survived by six siblings, Julie (Scott) Knodel, Moorhead, MN; Mary Rustad, Fargo; Gayle (Terry) Pope, Burnside, IL; Tom (Nancy) Cossette, Humble, TX; Steve (Teri) Cossette, Fargo, and John (Terri) Cossette, Oakland, CA; brothers- and sisters-in-law Ruth Gunderson Campbell, Salem, OR; Scott (Ann) Gunderson, Bathgate, and Becky (Don) Kemp, Hamilton, ND, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, Glen and May Gunderson, and brother-in-law Randall Rustad.


The members of Cinder’s family cannot begin to express our appreciation for all your support during her illness. She was a great mom and we are all so proud to be her kids. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Bathgate City Park Fund or Bathgate Presbyterian Church.




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