Dr. Joseph M. Cassidy, DDS, 91, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Presbyterian Manor in Topeka, KS. Dr. Cassidy was born February 25, 1922 in Cummings, KS, the son of Joseph and Sophia Yost Cassidy. He went to school in the Cummings area and graduated high school from Atchison County Community High. After joining the naval officer training program he attended Kansas University and then went to dental school at Kansas City Dental College. Dr. Cassidy joined the Navy during WWII and was on active duty in several places including Hawaii. He retired from the Naval Reserves after 35 years of active service. He married Genevieve Fisher on May 20, 1950 and moved to Topeka, where he practiced oral surgery until his retirement. Dr. Cassidy loved humor, music and was an avid KU basketball fan. He also loved golf, crossword puzzles and yard work. He was especially fond of his family and was a very compassionate and caring individual who was gracious and generous to everyone he met. Surviving Dr. Cassidy are his children, Shannan (Charlie) Bringle , Iowa City, IA; Joseph (Marybeth) Cassidy, Topeka, KS; John (Rhonda) Cassidy, Topeka, KS; Coleen (Mark Miles) Cassidy, Kansas City, MO; Daniel (Evangelia Belia) Cassidy, Kalamazoo, MI ; and Kelle (Rob) Lorenz, Chicago, IL. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dr. Cassidy is preceded in death by his wife and his sister Jessie Branson. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd, Topeka, Kansas, where a parish rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Presbyterian Manor and can be sent to the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on May 12, 2013