Kathryn Cole, age 96, of Winner, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.
Kay was born Oct. 17, 1920, at her parents’ home north of Winner, to Gustav and Karen Martensen. She was the next to youngest of 7 children. Kay graduated from Winner High School. Together with some of her brothers they played music for dances and other social activities.
She married Harry Cole on Jan. 25th, 1946. They lived north of Witten, south of Carter and just west of Winner. Kay worked different jobs including being a teacher’s aid at Sunnyside School, Joe’s Café , Grossenburg residence, Galaxy Inn, and the Winner Hospital.
After Harry passed away, she remained on the farm until 1988, when she moved to Parkston. While in Parkston she enjoyed going for long walks, shopping with her daughters and taking the van to the casino where she especially liked the music.
In 2008, Kay moved to the Elder Inn in Winner. The things she enjoyed doing there were setting the tables for the noon meal and going to the church services on Wednesday mornings.
In April of 2017, Kay moved to the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility.
The most important things in her life were loving, and caring for her family, family reunions and holiday celebrations when there was a lot of family around.
Kay is survived by all 7 of her children; Sam (Eunice) Cole of Winner, Connie (Don) Powell of Mitchell, Doris (Dick) Morgan of Helena, Montana, Janice (Dale) Knoll of Sedalia, Missouri, Alice Konvalin Grohs of Winner, Lyle (Bonnie) Cole of Northfield, Minnesota, Joyce (Clint) Breisch of Newcastle, Nebraska, 26 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her husband Harry, her parents, 4 brothers , 2 sisters and 3 grandchildren.