Obituary: Nancy M. Kindel, 1928-2012

Nancy Kindel

FT. COLLINS – Nancy Kindel, born May 22, 1928, died peacefully with her children at her side on Feb. 3.

Nancy and her late husband, Charles E. “Ted” Kindel, were Vail and Forest Highlands, Ariz., pioneers. Incredibly resilient and positive, Nancy had an ongoing love affair with the outdoors and a powerful athleticism. A perfect day for Nancy was one spent outside with her friends and family. She was a particularly competitive golfer and an avid skier.

In 1962, Nancy and Ted moved to Vail with their three young daughters. At the time, the town of Vail had no school, doctor, grocery store or paved roads. Nancy became Vail’s first lady when Ted was voted the town’s first mayor. Nancy and Ted contributed to the ever-growing population with a fourth daughter and then a son.

Nancy Kindel is survived by daughters, Amy Adams (David), Juliana Guenther (John), Susan Smedberg (Steve), Laurie Kindel (Tom Loughlin), and son, Charlie “Tigger” Kindel (Julie). Nancy had five grandchildren, Lauren and Rob Guenther, Christine and “C.J” Kindel, and Emily Smedberg. Her husband, Ted, died in his airplane in 1990. Nancy is also survived by one of her two sisters, Marilyn Gately. Brothers Bob and Jack, and sister, Monica, preceded her in death.

The family thanks Nancy’s dear friends, the staff from Home Instead (especially Gigi), the staff of Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation, her physicians, and everyone else who played a part in enriching Nancy’s life.

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In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, a private family memorial will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pathways Hospice, John Austen Cheley Foundation (, any Humane Society affiliation, the Vail Mountain School, or any charity of choice.

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