Kathryn “Kathy” Marie DeJak died unexpectedly Jan. 3, 2020 with her family by her side. She was 76.
She was born to the late Dr. John J. and Catherine M. DeJak, Nov. 20, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio. Kathryn graduated from Regina High School, class of 1960, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Louis University in 1963.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Timothy; her daughter Ellen; son Mark; and her granddaughter Kaila.
Kathryn is survived by her sister Dr. Dorthy DeJak; her brothers Daniel, David, and Dr. Tomas DeJak; her five children, Shelley Lamoreaux of Shorewood, Brian Dorau of Denver, Stacy Booth of Ashtabula, Joseph Dorau of Minneapolis, and Jacob Dorau of Portland; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and her beloved chicken Clucker.
Kathy’s desire to give of herself was significant, reaching all corners of the world. Her impression was felt close to home too, through generous contributions to her local arts and theatre programs down to “special gifts” left for her mail carrier. Other passions for Kathy included public radio, music, gardening (which lead to amazing home-cooked eats!), her animals and life in the country. With a fierce independence, Kathy marched to her own drummer, eschewing all the comforts of life. Clothes would hang to dry in all kinds of Wisconsin weather, even with a perfectly working dryer in her home. There was a simple beauty in how little she cared less about material things, as material things did not make her happy. Kathy loved to make others laugh. Her quirky style of humor may have pushed the limits; she entertained (or startled) her neighbors and friends by dressing up in a chicken suit, a monkey head, or her personal favorite, a Donald Trump costume. Fondly known as “Banana Kathy” at the local grocery store, she too, had identifying nicknames for everyone, which often defined their role in her life. Kathy will be missed by her family, which extended beyond traditional means, to a wonderful community of friends and so many other people she helped during her life.
Services will be held at the Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green, Wis., on Jan. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a short reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Community Food Pantry of Spring Green. http://www.communityfoodpantryofspringgreen.org. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green is assisting the family with the arrangements.