Kathy Jo Dingo, 64, Logansport, passed away at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Her final days were spent as she lived — surrounded by family and friends. She was born April 23, 1949, in Logansport, to June Hinkle and the late Joe Hinkle. Kathy was a native of Cass County, a 1967 graduate of Lewis Cass High School and she also attended Indiana University, Bloomington. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church.
In 1968, Kathy dropped one boyfriend and an Italian guy was waiting in the wings. When Mike told her he was going to marry her on their first date, she laughed but they became engaged and married within six months, a marriage that lasted more than 44 years.
Kathy’s greatest love and accomplishment was her family: husband, Mike Dingo; daughter, Gina; and grandchildren, Hunter, Kennedy and John Curl.
Using her creativity and flair for design, Kathy became involved in catering weddings, celebrations and started her own design consulting business, An I 4 Design, thus dividing her time between business and promoting the community she has served and loved.
Never one to sit back, she was an active member and past president of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa, a local hero for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a past president of the Cass County Carousel Board and was active in the fundraising for the McHale Complex.
Kathy was wholeheartedly active in the historical preservation of Logansport and Cass County and the promotion of local tourism by serving on the Board of Directors for the Cass County Historical Preservation Foundation and was appointed by Mayor Dick Prescott to the Historic Preservation Commission holding positions of secretary, vice president and president.
Kathy was recruited by Logan’s Landing to serve as chairwoman of the Design Committee. She spearheaded their largest project, Cole Park. Kathy came up with the beautiful flower baskets and pots of pink petunias that we’ve all come to love and enjoy each spring and summer. The Design and Streetscape committees were responsible for the downtown tree plots, sidewalks, design guidelines, façade program, design assistance for the downtown, the addition of pocket parks, public art and she literally helped paint downtown buildings. She also served on the Downtown Review Board, The Way Finding/Branding Project Downtown Committee, Steering Committee for the Fourth Street Project, the Memorial Home and the RECAP Committee focusing on the revitalization of downtown buildings.
Through the years she had also served Logan’s Landing in the capacity as past president and also chaired numerous committees in the community which have included the Celebrate Logansport/Strawberry Festival, Taste of Cass County, Art on the Avenue and started the fundraiser Dancing with our Stars.
Always interested in taking on new challenges, in the spring of 2013, she chaired The Italian Dinner Event.
Kathy won numerous awards during her life: Logan’s Landing Volunteer of the Year (2007) for implementing Cole Park, Cass County Arts Alliance Outstanding Arts Leader (2008), City of Logansport Spirit of the Community Award (2011), Pharos-Tribune 2012 Beacon Award and the 2012 Indiana Main Street Board Member of the Year awarded by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca S. Skillman.
Surviving her are her husband, Mike Dingo of Logansport; mother, June Hinkle of Walton; daughter, Gina Curl of Logansport; grandchildren, Hunter, Kennedy and John Michael Curl II of Logansport; two brothers, David (Mary Lou) Hinkle of Muncie and Mike (Teresa) Hinkle of Kokomo; sister-in-law, Joanie Cameron (Bob) of Kokomo; and a number of special nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Catholic Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Boondockers, 1 Eel River Ave., Logansport.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for public art in Kathy’s memory may be made to Kathy Dingo Memorial Fund for Public Art, care of Cass County Community Foundation, PO Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947.