Cynthia Joan (Dahl) Trapp was born November 19, 1941, to Norman and Maxine Dahl of Cottonwood, MN. Three years later they were joined by Cindy’s younger sister, Karen. They lived in an apartment above the hardware store owned by Maxine’s father. Norman worked in the store until his death in 1959.
Cindy graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1959, and attended St. Cloud State College where she met her husband, Walter Trapp, who was also a student there. She and Walt were married in June of 1960. Their daughter, Charlene was born in 1961, and the family moved to Gibbon, MN where Walt was a teacher. Their son, Eric was born in 1962.
After Cindy’s children were both in school, she had numerous jobs; cooking at the local diner, school bus driver and driving a milk truck. She also did home jewelry and crystal party sales, served on the election board, was in the American Legion Auxiliary and was active in the church. She and Walt moved to Indiana in 1982, they were divorced a couple years later.
Living in Shelbyville, Cindy worked at Klostermann’s Bakery, Martinizing Dry Cleaners, CTW, and later for Comfort Keepers Home Health Care. She also remained active in church, sorority and the election board.
In the last years, Cindy and her friend, Joyce took an active part in the English Handbell world. Joyce had the passion for playing and Cindy never picked up a bell, but loved to hear them play. The two of them went to many seminars and workshops. At one point, Cindy convinced Joyce to try out for a professional group in Cincinnati. They became co-founders of Queen City Bronze Handbell Choir. For over five years, Cindy and Joyce traveled 80 miles (one way) once a week for practice and many performances. Cindy was the group’s “Handbell Mom” and was known by all as “Momma Cindy”. She truly was the #1 fam of QCR, and was willing to do anything that needed to be done.
Through Joyce, Cindy also became a big Notre Dame football fan. Every Saturday, they would drink diet root beer, eat popcorn and watch the game. She was excited this year that the Irish were having a perfect season.
She is survived by her children, Charlene (Leonard) and Eric (Sherry). Her grandchildren, Jared, Dominick, Alicia, Sara and Crystal. She has 10 great grandchildren, Nolan, Evan, Eli, Asher, Vincent, Connor, Hailey, Jaden, Jasper and Jett. Also, her dearest friend and caregiver, Joyce.
She was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at home with family and friends by her side. She declined to have any services.
We would like to thank the staff of St. Francis hospital and St. Francis Hospice for all they did.
Memorials may be made to Queen City Bronze.org and to St. Francis Hospice.
Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville assisted with the arrangements and online condolences may be shared with Cindy’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.