Cyndi S. Johnson Hunhoff

Cyndi S. Johnson Hunhoff, age 63, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, November 15, 2019, at her home in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in North Bethlehem Cemetery in rural Menno, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, November 22, 2019, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM and a vigil service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Travis Millage, Trace Millage, Jim Flynn, Adam Johnson, Ben Papstein, and Craig Rye. Honorary pallbearers are the Irene Class of 1974 and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Willard #967.

Cyndi was born in Menno, SD to Melvin and Helen (Utke) Johnson. She was a proud graduate of Irene High School, Class of 1974. Cyndi has operated Holiday Party & Paper for 30 years, and became the new “Lisa” of Lisa’s Fashions in 2005. Cyndi was the matriarch of the Hunhoff Girls, as she and her four daughters came to be known. Cyndi has been an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 40 years and, at the time of her passing, was serving as the Regent for Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Willard #967.

She was a devoted Minnesota Twins fan. She was always ready to pick up a deck of cards, pour a hot cup of coffee, and serve you a slice of her famous homemade apple pie. Cyndi was committed to community service – she collected suitcases for the VA, and coordinated donations that would benefit the Bishop Dudley House and Pathways Shelter for the Homeless. She crocheted hundreds of blankets that, to this day, are keeping residents warm at Sister James Nursing Home. She has volunteered with the Downtown Yankton Association, Ribfest, and Riverboat Days.

She is survived by four daughters, Melanie (Jon Paul) Lupo of Brooklyn, New York; Julie (Megan) Hunsen of Queen Creek, Arizona; Stacie (Christopher) Hammond of Memphis, Tennessee; Abbie (Nick) Seliski of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 7 grandchildren: Shayla, Torri, Josephine, Anthony, Benjamin, Mae, and Calvin; lifelong friends, the Millage family; and countless other friends, classmates, and customers; and most of all, her beloved cat, Jack.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Aunt Rosella and Uncle John, and her special friend, Terry Sherman.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Cyndi’s memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church/ Catholic Daughters or Pathways Shelter for the Homeless.


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13 response to "Cyndi S. Johnson Hunhoff"

  1. By: Cindy Hirsch Posted: November 18, 2019

    My heart goes out to all of Cyndi’s family, friends, neighbors, and her church family. Her spirit will continue to shine on all who knew her. God bless you Cyndi and we will always remember you and your kind heart.

  2. By: Brad Dykes Posted: November 18, 2019

    All my sympathy to Cyndi’s family. I was shocked to hear of her passing. It was fun to “touch base” with Cyndi after Mass or at Hy-Vee. She was very proud of you all! I was always impressed by her being a “Retailer” on the “front line” in a small city downtown. God bless Cyndi!

  3. By: Molly F Posted: November 18, 2019

    I’m sorry to hear of your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. By: Nancy Hylarides , cousin Posted: November 18, 2019

    My cousin, Cynthia will greatly be missed. She was so sweet and kind with her loving smile. She baked wonderful pies (sour cream) and brought to funerals. I played with her and her twin sisters on the farm.

  5. By: Jean Janssen Posted: November 19, 2019

    Sympathy and blessings to her family. I only knew her from visiting with her at the store. What an amazing, talented lady, and such a loss to this community. May God’s blessings shine upon you all.

  6. By: Chelsie Barnes-Schulz Posted: November 19, 2019

    Abbie, My heart hurts for you and your family. I hope you find love and healing within your family during this difficult time.

  7. By: Kathy Grutsch Posted: November 19, 2019

    Bob, Beth, and boys: so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  8. By: John P. Blackburn Posted: November 20, 2019

    I knew Cyndi for many years. She was a fine person. We were neighbors years ago. My condolences to her family. Reiterating, she was a fine person. John Blackburn

  9. By: Patsy Fodness (Lee)/Denny Schoenfelder Posted: November 20, 2019

    We are saddened to hear of a great loss, to your great family and Yankton. Your never forgotten smile,warm personality, delicious pies (always will be remembered} to our family no matter how far away we were… Your strength and faith in life will always be remembered. A cousin ……

  10. By: Amy S. Petrik Posted: November 20, 2019

    I was shocked to read of Cyndi’s passing. I met her in 2001 when I was a reporter for the P&D … remember going to her house and interviewing her for a human interest story when she went to Manhattan, New York and worked at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11. Sending all of her daughters and their families a lot of love and light for healing.

  11. By: Malena Diede Posted: November 21, 2019

    What a shock! Cyndi was always so friendly, she lived to tell about her memories when I was her teacher in Kindergarten, and First and Second grade. Her sunny smile will be missed.

  12. By: Margaret Wrigg Posted: November 22, 2019

    Abby, My heart goes out to you and all of your family at this terrible time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go on this journey of saying goodbye to your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. She was of great help when I was looking for clothes several times. The city of Yankton has lost a big cheerleader.

  13. By: Vicky Roberts Posted: November 22, 2019

    I always will remember Cyndi’s sense of humor and her dedication to her family. She will be missed.

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