October 25, 1922 – Lethbridge, AB
January 14, 2014 – Calgary, AB
The joyful, caring spirit of Kay left us January 14, 2014 from Bowcrest Care Center after a vibrant life, well lived. Kay was born in Lethbridge and moved to Calgary to take a secretarial course when she met her husband Walter. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on December 27th, 2014. She is survived by her loving family, husband Walter, her daughter Mary Anne and son-in law Jim Sutherland, her sister Victoria Psaltis of Lethbridge, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved mother Maria Dorchak, seven Dorchak siblings and five Sullivan siblings.
Even an 8 year encounter with Alzheimer’s could not dampen her sense of fun and love of life. Getting off the elevator at Bowcrest we could sometimes hear her singing at the top of her lungs, with her beloved Jennie, from the other end of the corridor.
Children were drawn to her and she could bring a sense of fun and mischievousness to any event. She could be heard laughing or plotting how to play a little joke often. Her sense of community was strong and she was involved with her church, the Girl Guides and a number of foster children flourished in her care. After her daughter, Mary Anne, was through school she went to work at the Jubilee Auditorium for 25 years. The Auditorium was a perfect place for her to meet, greet and laugh with people while enjoying a myriad of entertainment possibilities, all of which she loved.
Kay loved to travel with her family and her sisters. She could be ready to go at a moments notice. Whether she was befriending a Scottish soccer team in Slovakia, singing with her sisters at Octoberfest in Germany, relaxing with Wally in the sun in Costa Rica and Hawaii or drinking tea and laughing with her sisters, niece or daughter in her beloved San Diego. She was always willing to plan for that next travel adventure. When on long trips with her ‘Jim’ she could be heard singing endlessly, laughing and plotting some new adventure.
She always put her family first in whatever she did. She gave of her heart to anyone she knew, never thinking of keeping anything back for herself. This giving spirit shone through always drawing people back to her. Feisty, however, was also a dominant trait.
Memorial Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church (204 – 6A Street N.E.) on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thank you to the caring staff at the Bowcrest Care Centre, so many of her caregivers have been exceptional. There are angels among you! The outpouring of love, and gentle goodbyes for Kay given bye staff were overwhelming and comforting to her family. In addition to the caregivers the Recreation staff, have excelled in creating a welcoming home for residents and families these past two years. A very special thanks to Jennie, Mhay, Rowena and several other extra special care givers who made her last few years so rich, filled with unconditional love!!! If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Katherine Stuckart, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences