R.I.P. Nancy M. Kindel 1928-2012

Nancy Kindel ski racer!

February 3, 2012 – Ft. Collins, CO.

Nancy Kindel, born May 22, 1928, died peacefully with her children at her side. Nancy and her late husband, Charles E. “Ted” Kindel were Vail, Colorado and Forest Highlands, Arizona 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, Colorado 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 Kindel. Nancy had 5 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.

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.

Look at that wax!

Nancy "Mort" Kindel

Nancy Kindel golfing

Nancy M. Kindel


  1. Keyser Soze says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss, brah. Stop by if you are in the N AZ area, eh?

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  3. Jeffrey gorsuch says:

    The Kindel Family All,

    So sorry for your loss. Nancy was the best in all of you and she had a one and only shine , kindness and grace not to be matched. She loved the world, everything in it and she lived with her heart. Your family lead the way and built the vision for vail a community that was like no other. I will always remember Nancy and the unforgetable kindness that she gave and met all with in her remarkable life. She touched all who knew her with a smile and her shinning eyes. You are all in our hearts and prayers, and always we will remember your beautiful family , Ted, Nancy and the family Kindel who defined the place we call home, Vail. All love to you.

    Jeffrey Gorsuch
    The Gorsuch Family

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