Cynthia "Cindy" Keiper

Cynthia "Cindy" Keiper


November 17, 1956 - November 3, 2021


Cynthia Keiper, 64, of Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery in Clayton, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

In January 2021 Cynthia began battling kidney failure and started dialysis. In July she began to battle bile duct/liver cancer as well.

Cynthia “Cindy” Keiper was born November 17, 1956, to Henry and Evelyn (Krueger) Keiper. She was the fourth of seven children. Cindy attended Milltown County School, and graduated from Parkston High School.

Cindy had one biological child, fostered many, and adopted Cadee, Chris, and Carla into the family in March 2020 after they stole her heart. Cindy had previously attended Clayton Lutheran Church and joined Zion Lutheran Church when with her adopted children.

She loved to travel and enjoyed a trip to Disney World in 2015 with her daughter, Heather, and sister, Charlet. Cindy also loved working with children, and volunteered with Girl Scouts as a troop leader in Pierre and Mitchell. She enjoyed baking and cooking, and was famous for her chocolate crinkle and refrigerator cookies.

Cindy dedicated her life to her family and loved spending time with them, especially during the holiday season.

She is survived by her children, Heather Keiper, Cadee Keiper, Chris Keiper, and Carla Keiper; sisters, Carol (Marvin) Olson of Pierre, SD, Christal Hexem of Black Hawk, SD, Connie (Dave) Johnson of Pierre, SD, Charlet Keiper (friend Dave) of Pierre, SD, and Cherie (Rick) Wulf of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Duane (Nancy) Keiper of Milltown, SD.; nieces, Carrie (Allen) Campora and Angie (Brad) Martin; nephew, Dan Johnson; and 6 great-nieces and 1 great-nephew. She is also survived by special family friends, Jason and Emily Von Eye and their six adopted children: Haylie, David, Kelsey, Chelsea, Kody & Kristin.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Richard Hexem.

Posted by Lynn. TerMmeer on November 21, 2021
So Sorry For Your Loss ,, My Thoughts & Prayers Go Out to Her Children ,,,Her Siblings ,,,, She Was Such A Long Time Friend To Me & My Family ,,,, I Will Miss Her Dearly ,,,,R.I.P. U Have Definitely Earned Your Wings !!!!! 🙏🏼💕🦋🌹✝️
Posted by Ramona Marquardt Schroeder on November 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss! I have lost touch with the Keiper Family other than I see Duane a few times. It is hard to loose someone so special. You have our sympathy. Terry and Ramona Schroeder
Posted by Nancy (Rath) Behr on November 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. We were good friends in High School but lost track after. My prayers are with you.
Posted by Dan & Julia Hohn on November 10, 2021
We are sorry to hear of your loss. She was a good mother and an Angel to many children. Our prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Catina Kost on November 10, 2021
May God wrap you in his healing embrace and bring you peace and comfort in the coming days. I always looked forward to working with Cindy when we worked together at the Abbott House, and was so blessed to get to share our foster journey with her. She was truly an inspiration and a help mate to me as I was learning the ropes. I will forever miss our long grocery store chats... our lives had become so busy that the only time we got to catch up was while we shopped and visited about the children. My heart breaks for you, I will keep you all in my prayers. She will be so missed by the many she touched. If you need anything please know that we are here for you if you need.
Posted by Kevin Harnisch on November 10, 2021
Sorry for your loss Heather. Cindy was a classmate om mine since Milltown elementary and at Parkston HS. I remember her and her parents very well running the store and business in Milltown. Cindy was always a happy and generous person, again sorry for your loss.
Posted by Dan & Pam Mechtenberg on November 10, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss. 🙏
We were both classmates of Cindy’s in Parkston. (The class of 1975)
Posted by James Kummer on November 10, 2021
Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. I was a class mate of Cindy's for four years at Parkston High School.
Posted by Kristy Ackman on November 9, 2021
I am so sorry Heather.. I truly enjoyed working with Cindy ! She had such a big heart and her smile warm and welcoming
Posted by Kristy Elder on November 9, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Heather. Your LifeQuest family is always here for you! Hugs!!!
Posted by Lee tiede on November 7, 2021
It is so sad to hear that our neighbor had passed away Heather we feel so sad for you and the children God bless you all
Posted by Helga Sanders (Keiper) on November 7, 2021
I didn’t know Cindy in Person, but I’m a Keiper and a mother as well. My prayers and thoughts to her and her Family. I would have love to know her. From Germany
Posted by Pamela Stransky on November 6, 2021
My sincere condolences to Cindy's family and friends. I knew Cindy from our daily rides back from the Lifequest main building. She was always so happy and proud of children and spoke fondly of them often. She will be missed.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on November 6, 2021
Heather, I was your neighbor when you lived on South Lawler. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. You two were great neighbors, and I enjoyed our " over the fence visits ". Heaven has gained an angel. Cindy, REST IN THE ARMS OF JESUS. Heather, I pray for God's blessing for you.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on November 5, 2021
Heather and family, I am so saddened with the news of Cindy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. Cindy had a heart of gold and opened her door to your children. God Bless you and your family. 🙏❤️🙏
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