Cassie Radabaugh's Journal
Written Jan 28, 2013 9:16pm by jenny wallaceLife Celebration! Join us Sunday, February 24th at 2pm Central as we laugh and remember. Cassie wants her stories told, her friends and family to smile, her children to be surrounded by happy memories of their momma. This cheery event will be held at The Allure, 301 B. Street in Laporte Indiana. If you have any stories of Cassie we ask that you write them down and bring them with you; we'll be compiling them for her sweet kiddos. Please text 219-508-9451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with an rsvp, so we can plan accordingly. Join us!
Written Jan 7, 2013 10:12pm by Elizabeth Dey Dommer ScurlockCatharine Rhea "Cassie” Dommer Radabaugh, 38, of Fishers passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Fishers. She was born on November 5, 1974 to Vickie Lopez Dommer and Steven Dommer in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Cassie was a member of Christ the Savior Lutheran Church of Fishers. She worked most recently as an Optometric Assistant (CPOA) for Allisonville Eye Care. Prior to that, she was a graduate of Purdue University’s Class of 1997, and English teacher, Speech coach, and homemaker. Cassie’s hobbies included needlework, walking in parks, and reading and writing poetry. Her favorite poet was “Bethanis.” She particularly loved spending time with children, and especially reading aloud to them.
As a young woman, Cassie was a member of the Chesterton, Indiana High School Speech and Debate Team and an accomplished member of the National Forensic League. She was the 1991 State and National Champion in Poetry Interpretation. In 1992 she was 4th in the United States in Original Oratory. In 1993 she was once again the State Champion in Poetry Interpretation and 4th in the Nation in Original Oratory. In 2008, Cassie coordinated the Chesterton High School Speech and Debate 40th Anniversary Reunion.
In addition to her parents, Cassie is survived by son, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Radabaugh, daughter, Contessa “Tess” Therese Radabaugh, sister, Elizabeth Dey “Ellie” (Robert) Scurlock, nephew, Michael Scurlock, niece and Goddaughter, Miriam Scurlock, Brother, Harrison “Harry” O. Dommer, companion, Peter N. Bethanis, paternal grandmother, Thelma Dommer, maternal grandmother, Susie M. (Tony) Depino, maternal grandfather, Jesus’ “Jesse” Lopez and friend Jennifer Wallace.
Cassie was preceded in death by her maternal uncle Brian K. Lopez, and paternal grandfather Harold R. Dommer.
Public visitation will be Friday, January 11, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (eastern standard time) at Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary, 12010 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana.
Public Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm (central time) on Saturday January 12, 2013 at Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church with Reverend William Foy officiating. 234 West Division Road, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Graveside service will be held privately at Chesterton Cemetery in Chesterton, Indiana.
There will be a Life Celebration conducted by Jennifer Wallace in 4-6 weeks in Laporte, Indiana. Details will be forthcoming at www.caringbridge.org/visit/cassieradabaugh
In lieu of flowers, Cassie requested memorial contributions be made to the Catharine Radabaugh Trust for the future care of her children. Please make contributions payable to the Catharine Radabaugh Trust, care of Glen Babcock, who serves as financial trustee and can be contacted at 304 Inverness Way S. Ste 165, Englewood, CO 80112 (303)-784-3534Online condolences can be given at
Written Jan 6, 2013 11:40am by Elizabeth Dey Dommer Scurlock
Cassie passed away Friday, January 4, 2013.
All of us who knew her and loved her are grieving deeply. To lose someone as beautiful as Cassie, who was only 38, is difficult to bear.
We can, however, find some comfort in knowing that Cassie's suffering has ended. The surgeries, the chemo, the illness and pain are all over for her now.
For us, unfortunately, the suffering continues, but there is hope.
Cassie was a devout Christian, and her faith provided her with incredible courage, grace, and wisdom throughout her life, including her illness. Those of us who were fortunate enough to see her and speak with her during her final days know this for certain. Those who were not so fortunate still witnessed her dignity and strength in her CaringBridge posts.
Cassie's faith and perspective inspired genuine awe in everyone who was around her. She died as she lived—beautifully, and as a devoted believer in the Christ she loved so much.
In his “Divinity School Address,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that true Christianity is “a faith like Christ's in the infinitude of man,” in other words, a faith in the extraordinary love and kindness and wisdom of which we are all capable if we follow Christ's teachings and Christ's example. This path is available to all of us, no matter our religion.
Cassie was—and is—a wonderful example of the “infinitude of man,” of the exceptional potential of humankind. Cancer and death could not shake that. Cassie remained loving, kind, and wise to her last breath, and she will remain loving, kind, and wise in our memories as we move on from these difficult days. She will be an inspiration to us.
Cassie is now infinite. In that one simple fact lies our hope.
Written out of tribute and love by dear friend Greg Lanter