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Cindy R. Pautzke

August 2, 1962 — November 9, 2021

Cindy R. Pautzke

Cindy R. Pautzke, age 59, of Mesa, AZ and formerly of rural Mankato, passed away Tuesday, November 9th, 2021.

A Celebration of Life for Cindy and Gordy will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, at “The Barn at Ballard Creek”, 57480 169th Street, Good Thunder, MN 56037. A visitation will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm on Friday, May 13th at the barn and will continue one hour before the service on Saturday. Following the service will be a Remembrance Gathering and Lunch, followed by a Burial Service for family. The Visitation, The Celebration of Life, and the Remembrance Gathering Lunch will be at “The Barn at Ballard Creek”. For further details, please see the following Evite:

Cindy grew up in Vernon Center where she attended Wellcome Memorial High School. She lived in the Mankato area where she enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors with Rick and their dogs. She loved to cook, garden, play cards, and would love to connect with family and friends. She loved telling stories and was incredibly gifted with people just like her dad. She impacted many (people and organizations) through her national training business - Power of the Pink Lines. She never knew a stranger and would always make you feel welcomed. Anyone that truly knew her, knew she had such a big heart and inspired many. She loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing that Cindy is now at peace surrounded by the Love of Christ. She often talked and dreamed about what heaven would be like one day.

Cindy is survived by her Father and Mother; Gordon and Dorothy Kopischke; brothers, Todd (Kellie) Kopischke and Troy (Amanda) Kopischke; sister, Tania (Ryan) Allen; aunts Norma Kelley, Olivia Kopischke, and Donna Kopischke; numerous nieces & nephews, cousins, and her dog, Spirit.

Cindy was preceeded in death by her husband, Rick; her grandparents, Gerald and Gladys Thurston; her grandfather, Raymond Kelley; grandparents Frederick and Zena Kopischke; her cousin, Kari Kopischke; and her incredible dog, Indy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sage Creek Bible Church ( or the American Kennel Club Foundation (

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Mankato Area Funeral Homes.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

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