Last Updated on June 11, 2015 by cassnetwork
Kasia Leigh Bannon Minnick, 40, of Logansport, passed away peacefully at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in her home surrounded by her family.
Born April 9, 1975, in Logansport, she was the beloved daughter of school teachers Bob (a Vietnam War vet) and Penny Kitchel Bannon, who survive. There is no doubt they inspired her patriotism and her decision to enter the field of education.
She entered the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a golf scholarship but finished her college golfing career at Purdue University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from the Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kasia met the man of her dreams, Daniel E. Minnick, through 4-H when she was just 15. They married December 21, 1996 in Webb Chapel United Methodist Church. They enjoyed spending time together as a farm family, working the land and raising sheep.
Kasia became a Government teacher at her alma mater, Logansport High School (Class of ’93), where she had taught since 1997. She also taught U.S. History and Psychology. For 10 years, she served as the Student Council sponsor. She helped coordinate and plan the annual Veterans Day program at LHS. She took several groups of students to the Presidential Inaugural events over the years. She also helped several of her EL students become American citizens after completing her class.
A lifelong member of the Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, Kasia’s faith sustained her through this difficult battle with colon cancer. She was often the comforter, in spite of her own pain, sharing her faith and displaying such courage.
Kasia was a devoted member of Tri Kappa Sorority. She was a proud member of the Purdue Alumni. Kasia was very passionate about FFA and 4-H and was a member of the Cass County 4-H Sheep committee. Professionally, she was a member of the Logansport Education Association and the Indiana State Teachers Association. She enjoyed photography. Above everything else in this life, her greatest joy was her family. She was a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece and aunt.
When asked what kind of a legacy she would like to leave, she was quick to answer. She wanted to see our hometown Veterans Freedom Park become a place for families to gather to teach their children the importance of patriotism and honoring those who serve. Kasia’s Wish was granted and funds were donated to place a bronze sculpture entitled “I Love My Country” in the park. It is scheduled for completion in August.
Surviving with her husband and her parents are three children who were her world, Mallory Marie, Morgan Elizabeth and Matthew Robert Minnick, all at home; her sisters, Courtney Bannon Ogletree, of Louisville, Kentucky and KyAnne Bannon Shedron and her husband Travis, of Kokomo; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Ingrid Minnick, of Logansport; a sister-in-law, Angela Crook and her husband Kevin, of Logansport; nieces and nephews, Khail Ogletree, Layne and Reid Shedron and Caleb and Chloe Crook; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Sam and Betty Kitchel and Bobby B. and Becky Bannon.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Kasia Minnick will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015 in McHale Performing Arts Center.
Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12th in Fisher Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kasia Minnick Scholarship fund.
You may share memories and condolences in her guestbook and view her tribute video at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com