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Mary M. Rindahl, 82

Mary Margaret Rindahl, age 82, of Colorado and California, and formerly of Dassel, peacefully accepted the call of God’s Spirit Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Mary was born June 1, 1931, in Dassel, to Lester and Margaret Peel, and became a younger sister to William (Bill) Peel.

She attended Stephens College, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in music and education.

Mary met her future husband of 36 years, Gilbert Rindahl, while in high school, and they married shortly after Gib’s graduation from the Naval Academy and her first year of teaching in Alexandria.

After moving to Spokane, WA, Mary taught two years of music education to junior high school students there.

As a military officer’s wife, Mary lived in various different locations including Washington, Newfoundland, Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska, and Ohio. In 1973, Mary and Gib retired from their military life and moved to Aurora, CO.

Those who knew and loved Mary remember her as being a kind, loving, and caring friend, sister-in-law, and mother. She cared deeply for their futures and the well-being of their families.

Mary could start a conversation with anyone, and often did. She was a huge Bronco fan, and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds.

Mary enjoyed many adventures and activities throughout her life, which included traveling, skiing, golfing, swimming, and reading.

She donated her time to many philanthropic causes including the Colorado Museum of Natural History, Heather Gardens Community, singing in the church choir, and playing the organ for more than 30 years at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

She later attended Mount Cross Lutheran Church, after moving to Camarillo, CA.

Mary is survived by her sons, Eric Rindahl and his wife, Rhonda Beck, of Denver, CO, and Bruce Rindahl and his wife, Angela Burdick, of Ventura, CA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jennifer and Randy Churchill of Camarillo, CA, their children, Kevin Churchill and Anne Churchill Valencia and their families; and a brother, Bill Peel, and his children, Gregg Peel, and Laurel Peel Baer and their families.

Arrangements were with Griffin Family Funeral Chapels in Camarillo, CA. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.griffinfamilyfuneral.com.

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