Kay Lynn Steinbrink


Kay Lynn Steinbrink, 62, of Kendall passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at the Serenity House in Tomah with her family by her side, fighting until the end.

She was born Aug. 30, 1957, to Benno and Marcella (Wagner) Scholze in Tomah. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kendall. She was a member of the Royall High School graduating class of 1975.  

Kay was united in marriage to Allen Steinbrink on April 26, 1980, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kendall. They have lived in Kendall for more than 39 years. She worked for Kinder Manufacturing in Tomah, building furniture. She worked at Bunk’s Meat Market for eight years and for 12 years at Don’s Quality Meats as a meat cutter. She also was an integrated worker manager at the Handishop Industries in Tomah for six years.

She enjoyed working with her hands and made many crafts for every season, made quilts for her children, grandchildren and family, and enjoyed crocheting and woodworking. She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for Grandma’s barbecue, her chicken and dumpling soup, and especially her cashew crunch and fudge. She enjoyed working in her gardens, tending to daisies, sunflowers, and all of the wildflowers. She loved her animals. Most precious to her was spending time with her grandchildren, doing puzzles and teaching them new things. Kay was kindhearted and would help anyone, and had a talent of talking Al into helping also. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Allen of Kendall; three children, Tiffany Steinbrink of Tomah, Tabatha (Eric) Burch of New Lisbon, and Benno (significant other Brianna) Steinbrink of Lake Delton, Wis.; four grandchildren, Kassidy, Isabel, Klarissa, and Allison; six brothers and sisters, Sheryl (Emil) Skorik of Delafield, Wis., Dianne Bunk of Kendall, Debi (Rick) Popp of Kendall, Thomas Tommy” Scholze of La Crosse, Ricky Scholze of Kendall, and Randy (Karrie) Scholze of Tomah; her her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Larry (Mavis) Steinbrink of Sparta, Richard (Jan) Steinbrink of Kendall, Randy (LeAnn) Steinbrink of Wilton, Scott (Cindy) Steinbrink of Berlin, Wis., and Russell (significant other Kathy) Steinbrink of Wilton; and aunts, uncles, many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Linda Scholze; a brother-in-law, Bob Bunk; and a nephew, Peter Kafura.

A memorial service was Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 297 E. South Railroad St. Pastor Larry Neitzel officiated. Burial will be at a later date.

Relatives and friends were invited to call Friday, Sept. 20, at the Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, 112 E. South Railroad St., Kendall, and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.

The family would like to send a huge thank-you to the staff at the Serenity House for all their care and support and a special thank-you to her in-home nurse, Bonnie, whom she absolutely adored!

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