Those close to Cindy Turgeon describe her as intensely private and devoted to her young daughter, Michelle. But her father noted she had another passion.
"She was a great Cubs fan," said her father, Larry Feldt, of Oak Park.
Feldt said his daughter, also an Oak Park resident, never wavered in her commitment to the North Side team even though the Cubs last won a World Series in 1908.
"She was a diehard fan despite all that. She kept the faith, but it never happened," added Feldt, also a lifelong fan.
Their love of baseball solidified a bond between father and daughter rarely seen. He introduced her to the Cubs at a young age and they often attended games together.
One of his fondest memories of his daughter, whom he lovingly described as a tomboy, was playing catch out in the backyard. "She was good with that," he recalled.
Cynthia Turgeon, 52, died on Jan. 2, 2014, of a heart ailment.
In the aftermath, memories of Turgeon poured in from family and friends. Oak Park resident Theresa Broderick recalled the strong bond Turgeon had with her 11-year-old daughter, Michelle. That connection only strengthened after Turgeon's husband died nine years earlier, she noted. Broderick's daughter, Savannah, attended Beye Elementary School with Michelle. The two quickly became friends after meeting in kindergarten.
"They were as close as close could be," Broderick said. "She absolutely adored Michelle and it was reciprocal.
Their relationship was amazing. They just had this connection few people have."
As a single mom, Broderick noted that Turgeon worked hard so her daughter wouldn't want for anything. Turgeon worked for Fresenius Medical Care North America. Broderick said she enrolled her in numerous activities including soccer and summer camp.
"She wanted her to have everything. She wanted her to have that involvement with friends. She was an amazing person. It was a pleasure to know her and to know her daughter." Losing a father is tough and Turgeon wanted her daughter to know how much her parents loved each other, so she created a photo album filled with their wedding pictures and other family photos, so Michele will "have a reminder of it," Broderick said.
"There is a lot of support in [Michele's] corner," Feldt added.
Michelle initially shared her love of the Cubs, but eventually converted to the White Sox. Raising her daughter as a single mother was Cindy's priority, Feldt said.
"She wasn't shy or anything. She was private and that's the way it was," he said.
Cindy Turgeon was a graduate of Irving Elementary School and Oak Park and River Forest High School. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1983 with a business degree, and her father noted she remained a devoted fan of the Red Birds.
Turgeon is survived by her daughter, her father, her sister Debbie and her brother Stephen.
Preceding her in death was her husband, George, in 2005; her mother, Barb, in 2005; and another brother, Larry Feldt Jr., in 2010.
Services were held Jan. 6. In lieu of flowers, donations or checks made out to Michelle Turgeon would be appreciated, preferably by mail.
A collection for Michelle is also ongoing at Beye School.