Cassia Lynn Olmstead, 8, formerly of Croghan

CROGHAN, NY — Cassia Lynn Olmstead, 8, of Utica, formerly of Croghan, passed away Monday afternoon, July 16, 2018 at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, surrounded by her loving family.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Naumburg Mennonite Church. Burial will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, in Naumburg Mennonite Cemetery. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Naumburg Mennonite Church with Titus Mast officiating. In addition to flowers, please consider a bouquet of balloons, as they were very special to Cassia.

Cassia was born Aug. 19, 2009, in Lowville, a daughter of Nathan Lynn and Denise Kay Hoover Olmstead. She was home schooled and enjoyed coloring, painting, crafts, puzzles, ballet, and her “snuggies” (stuffed animals).

She was active in Sunday school at Naumburg Mennonite Church and Iglesia Hispana Luz y Vida, New Bremen, before moving to Utica in April of 2017 with her family. After moving with her family, Cassia was active in Sunday school in the Church of Christ in Utica.

Cassia loved making and eating pizza, planting and cutting flowers, as well as singing, reading the bible, family devotions, and listening to music. She admired anything that glittered, necklaces, playing house, and all things girly. She was interested in projects, reading, Minecraft, legos, and dolls. Most of all Cassia enjoyed spending time with her siblings, cousins, and friends.

She is survived by her parents Nathan and Denise; her 6 siblings, Abigail Kay, Isaiah David, Clay Nathan, Trenton Richard, Jeremiah Christian, and Bethany Lou Olmstead; maternal grandparents, David and Judy Hoover of Washington Boro, PA; paternal grandparents, Richard and Geraldine Olmstead of Croghan; very special aunts and uncles, Keith and Jenna Hoover, Ryan and Teal Hoover, Bryan and Julene Harnish, Glenn and Karen Olmstead, DeWitt and Nicole Olmstead, Jeffery and Jennifer Olmstead; maternal great grandmother, Esta Lois Smoker; paternal great grandparents, Glenn and Patricia Olmstead; several great aunts and great uncles, and numerous special cousins.

She was predeceased by her maternal great grandparents, Alvin Smoker, Malvin and Ida Hoover; paternal great grandparents, Leo and Irene Zehr.

Contributions may be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Circle, Syracuse, NY 13210.

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