Cindy Mommsen Passed away in the comfort of her own home on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the age of 50 following a heroic, four year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on May 28, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa, Cindy grew up on her family farm. She attended Columbia College and upon graduation launched her career in corporate event management in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1986, a job opportunity resulted in her relocating to San Francisco, CA where her love of sports, in which she had excelled ever since childhood, soon drew her to cycling. Her enthusiasm and passion for the sport quickly translated into a successful road cycling career. It garnered her numerous victories and national championships, and led to her meeting her lifelong partner and husband just five years later. As a team, the two were unstoppable: they were five time national tandem champions, they traveled intrepidly throughout France and Italy by bike, they backpacked extensively throughout the Sierras, and were drawn to endless outdoor adventure. Upon retiring from racing, Cindy ultimately fulfilled her dream of having a devout canine companion -- which quickly led to yet another -- and from that moment forward, her two devoted velcro vizslas never left her side. Cindy will forever be remembered in our hearts for her sparkling blue eyes, her glistening smile, and her infectious giggle but more than anything else for her inner strength and zest for life. Her legacy will live on in all the hearts of people she has touched along the way. Cindy was preceded in passing by her mother Gala Mommsen and wonderful grandparents, and will be dearly missed by her steadfast husband Brian McGuire, her beloved dogs Turbie and Remo, Richard (Kay) Mommsen, Cristy (Peter) Eisenbeis, nephews Cully and Oliver Eisenbeis, and her circle of close friends and many admirers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Vizsla Rescue Haven (www.vizslahaven.org) or to
in Cindy's name.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 4, 2012