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Cynthia J. Akins

Cynthia “Cindy” Jean (Rasmussen) Akins, 56, Byron, died peacefully at her mother’s home in Lombard on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Akins had moved to her dream house on the Rock River where she had camped with her children every week-end growing up.

She had a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

She enjoyed gardening and interior decorating.  She was very creative and had an artful eye.

She struggled with cancer after being diagnosed in November of 2011.

Akins is survived by her husband, David L.; her son, John A. Gage; her daughter, Christine M. (Tim) Watson; her step-daughter, Nicole M. Akins; three brothers, Bill, Bob, and Fred Rasmussen; her mother, Mary L. Rasmussen; many nieces and nephews; her close friend, Marsha Raffen; and her cousin, Ray Olson.
She was preceded in death by her father, William H. Rasmussen.

A memorial gathering was scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.

Interment will be private.

Arrangements were completed by Brust Funeral Home, Lombard. For information call 888-629-0094 or email

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