FAIRMONT - Funeral services for Cynthia Lyn "Cindy" (Hyde) Spee, 55, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial will be held in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the time of service beginning 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Cindy passed away Friday morning, Oct. 26, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Cynthia Lyn (Hyde) Spee was born Nov. 7, 1956, at a military hospital in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Carl and Madelin (Jakobe) Hyde. As a young girl, Cindy moved with her family to Minnesota and the Mankato area. She attended school at Loyola Catholic School in Mankato and worked as a custodian assistant to help pay her tuition, often coming in early or staying late to take care of the work she had to do. Cindy later graduated from Loyola Catholic High School.
In 1976, Cindy moved to Fairmont and worked at the Redwood Restaurant and at Madsen's Grocery Store. On March 18, 1978, Cindy was united in marriage to Lowell Spee at United Methodist Church in Fairmont, Minn. Together, the couple made their home on a farm near Fairmont where they were blessed with three wonderful children:?Dirk, Joseph and Kim. Years later, they would welcome a son-in-law, Paul, into their family and considered him their fourth child. Cindy and Lowell farmed the family farm from 1978 to 2005. During that time, Lowell began to pursue a college degree in law enforcement and during the times that he struggled to balance everything, Cindy reassured him and was the driving force for him completing his education.
Cindy was a wonderful woman who loved to help people no matter what the situation. Her volunteer work started at the Fairmont area schools while her children were in elementary school. This is where she ran the laminator from 1984 to present and read to kids on a weekly basis in the past few years. She was an adult leader for the Fairmont Go-Getters and Alcohol Decision Team for the local 4-H group. She taught Sunday school for six years. She proudly drove school bus part time for Fairmont and presently for GHEC and Martin County West. Cindy volunteered at St. Luke's Nursing Home for two years and was later hired as a CNA in 2001, working weekends for 10 years. She shaved her head for St. Baldrick's Childhood Cancer Fundraiser, taught firearms safety for the DNR for seven years, helped at the Borderline Cruisers car shows, donated more than 5 gallons of blood, volunteered at the Methodist church for various activities, volunteered for her internship at Laurels Peak in Mankato, and was an avid supporter and volunteer for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and the Fairmont Thin Blue Line Wives. Cindy was honored to receive the Friends in Education Award.
Cindy was so proud of her children and the work that Lowell does through the police department. She was not one to sit idle and let life pass her by. Cindy continued to try and better herself by attending classes at MSU in social work. She was an organizer, taking on any task and taking pleasure in seeing it be completed. Through all the good deeds that Cindy did, she looked at it as making the world just a little better place. Her zest for life and kind and caring ways will be missed by all those who knew her and called her their friend. In her death, Cindy continues giving and caring for others by giving the gift of life and being an organ donor.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Lowell Spee of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Dirk Spee of Champlin, Minn., Joseph Spee of Champlin, Minn., and Kimberly Hitzemann and her husband, Paul of Jackson, Minn.; her mother, Madelin (Jakobe) Hyde of Mankato, Minn.; mother-in-law, Esther Spee of Fairmont, Minn.; sister, Vivian "Vicky" Kair of Mankato, Minn.; brothers, Carl Hyde and his wife, Terry of Salt Lake City, Utah, Michael Hyde and his wife, Vicky of Enterprise, Ala., and Jeffrey Hyde and his wife, Eae Whang of Eagan, Minn.; brother-in-law, Greg Reinhart of Lewisville, Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Carl Hyde; sister, Kathy Reinhart; father-in-law, Norman Spee; and grandparents, Joe and Glennie Jakobe.
The family requests memorials be given in Cindy's name to the Early Risers Kiwanis Coats and Mittens for Kids program, Life Source Organ and Tissue Donation, American Heart Association and Martin County 4-H.