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Cynthia J. Gunderson

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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I had the pleasure of connecting with Cinder in person just a few times in my life as a friend of Stacey's, around 20 years ago, and, I am so grateful for this, just this past year. Cinder was able to bestow a great deal of wisdom from even just a short conversation with her. As a farmer's daughter too, I will never forget my tour of the tiny town of Bathgate, my awe of the wonderful little church there, and Cinder's small town/country hospitality; the bread pudding she made for us girls and how she too, like my mom at the time, saved those plastic containers you got when buying things at the store for leftovers!!! : ) I can't say I knew her well personally, but I don't think one had to, to understand the essence of the wonderful woman she was. Also, it was clear to see who she was based on what she created. She clearly was an incredibly worldly and sacrificing mother, grandmother, strong, faithful, hard-working, devoted and unwaivering Christian, that provided a strong pillar and example to all who knew her. She truly led by example and faith, and as great of a communicator as she was, the values she held were visible without her saying a word directly about them. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones at this time, and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help even if I am afar in my physical presence. I know she loved you all so much and she was so proud of you all. She was an amazing and rare soul, and it is an incredible loss at this time, that even I feel heavily from afar. But by God's grace, everyone will persevere. My deepest condolences and distance hugs to you all.

Kylene Kinnischtzke Jul 5 2020 12:00 AM

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Kylene Kinnischtzke Jul 5 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for the passing of Cinder..she will be your Guiding Angel till you meet again. What wonderful person she was. Always smiling so kind. May your memories of her help you through this sad time . Many prayers to you all !

Ken and Carol Ault Jul 4 2020 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy to Cinder's family! She was a nice gal and enjoyed chatting with her over the years. Dar and Brenda Johnson

Brenda Vosper-Johnson Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. I remember Cinder bringing Joe and other youth to Park River Bible Camp! Always a joyous spirit! Blessed be her memory, and the spiritual fruit of her life in Christ. Praise God that there is life eternal and a great reunion ahead for all who trust in the Lord Jesus! In Christ's love, Rod Quanbeck

Rodney Quanbeck Jul 2 2020 12:00 AM

Mary Beth Rustad & Family,
We were so sorry to read of your sister's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you & your family.
Steve & Jane (Ermer) Metzger

Jane(Ermer) Metzger Jul 1 2020 12:00 AM

Cinder was always so fun to talk to, so upbeat with the face of an angel. Our sympathy and prayers.

JoNell and Bob Hinnenkampp Jul 1 2020 12:00 AM

Cinder always had a smile and was so very positive. We loved Cinder so much and are so thankful to have been blessed to know her. Our prayers are with you all!

Janelle Moser Jul 1 2020 12:00 AM

Bill & Family, Cinder was a lady who showed her strength through all of her trials, troubles and struggles. Her faith in our LORD kept her strong along with the love from her family. She wore a smile through her pain, she always wanted others to be okay and she loved life as it was given to her. May you all have memories that warm your hearts, bring tears to your eyes and comfort to you all. Our prayers surround you and our deepest sympathy goes to all of you, Don & Michelle Murrary

Michelle Murray Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

It will be hard to imagine Bathgate without Cinder. She was such a great person. The Klein families are all thinking of the Gundersons and Bathgate.

David Klein Jun 30 2020 12:00 AM

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