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Kay De Boer

d. March 25, 2014

Kathryn “Kay” De Boer passed away on March 25, 2014 after living 99 beautiful years. She looked forward to the day she would unite with her precious Lord and Savior and reunite with family and friends who had gone before her.

Kay was born November 4, 1914 in Alto, the daughter of Perry and Mae Van de Vreede Buteyn. On September 2, 1938 she married Andrew “Andy” De Boer in Brandon. Following their marriage the couple resided in Brandon all their married lives. Kay was employed by Brandon schools where she worked in food service. Kay was the true matriarch of her family. Family time was very important to her. Her family looked forward to her wonderful Sunday noon dinners and conversation around the back table. She loved babysitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they will always treasure their time at Grandma and Grandpas house in Brandon. Grandma prepared their favorite foods and special evening treats. She was the healer of all their illnesses and the kindest of all nurses when they were sick. Kay was a beautiful, Christian example to all who knew her. She spent time daily in prayer, reading her Bible and devotions, and always looked forward to worshipping at church on Sundays. She was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon where she taught Sunday school, directed children’s Christmas programs, and participated in Women’s Guild, Senior Bible Study and so many other activities. She loved her church family. Kay and her husband, Andy, had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed entertaining in their home. They also enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Kay was a very warm, caring, giving, accepting, selfless person and had the gift of love for everyone. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and has left so many lasting impressions and treasured memories.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Sherryl (Kurt) Kronberg of Omro; her son, Rick (Janet) De Boer of Brandon; grandchildren, David (Kathy) Carlson of Eagan, MN, Robin Carrales of McKinney, TX, Kara (Dan) Gannon of Gleason, WI, Denise (Scott) Ellis of Pataskala, OH, and Zachary De Boer of Brandon; great-grandchildren, Joshua (Ashley) Schmidt of Dallas, TX, Jessica Pautsch of Fond du Lac, and Jacob, Helena, and Amelia Ellis of Pataskala, OH; great-great-grandchildren, Monica, Iliana, Jacoby, and Eastin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Twilah De Boer of Brandon; and sister-in-law, Eleanor De Boer of Colorado.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Andy, and other relatives.


Friends and relatives of Kay De Boer may call on the family on Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Kay De Boer will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Bethel Reformed Church in Brandon with Rev. John Tilstra officiating.


Burial will follow at Brandon Cemetery.

Special Thanks:

Kay’s family would like to express special thanks to family and friends who visited, called and sent warm wishes and prayers to Kay; Shelly Frieberg, her hairdresser and friend, for her weekly visits and special times they shared; and to the wonderful and caring staff at Marvin’s Manor in Brandon for their exceptional care and love for Kay. Kay loved you all.

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