Kay Thornton

Kay Martha Thornton (Stewart)

Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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At the age of 69, Kay (Stewart) Thornton passed away at home in her husband’s arms on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Kay had fought like a champ for almost two years following her diagnosis of liver cancer.

Kay was born in Oshkosh, WI to Elfrieda (Daniels) and Stephen Stewart on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1951. She grew up in a full house with her four sisters and one brother, Patricia (David Kester), Scott Stewart (Mike Walsh), Lori (Frank Topp), Linda (Mark Leiby), and Jane Stewart.

Kay and her husband Pat were married in Oshkosh at Peace Lutheran Church on April 3, 1971. They started their family in Fulda, Germany with the birth of their son, Danny while Pat served in the U.S. Army. Two years later, having returned to Oshkosh, their family tree “grew by two feet” with the arrival of their son, Steven. Years later that same tree added a new branch when her grandson, Jacob Thornton was born to her son Danny and Lisa Lamore.

Kay was literally, “a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker”, having worked in Copp’s meat department, the bakery at Piggly Wiggly, and Lennox Candle Co. Kay also worked at other establishments throughout Oshkosh and Omro.

During those years Kay and Pat were active in Boy Scouts with their sons, had spent many weekends boating, and countless pool parties in their backyard.

Kay’s truest passions were family first and foremost keeping a neat and tidy home and putting a good meal on the table – and at Kay’s table there “was always room for one more – and bring a friend!”.

Kay is now “at home” with her mom and dad and survived by her husband Pat, her sons, Danny and Steven, her grandson Jake, as well as her brothers, sisters, and large, loving extended family.

Among Kay’s final requests are for “everyone to be safe”, thus no funeral services or gatherings will take place due to this perilous pandemic.

The Thornton family and Kay’s sister, Jane, would like to thank the dedicated nurses, especially our sweet Brittany, of the Aurora at Home Hospice Care. Your knowledge and compassion helped Kay and her family complete this journey with dignity and love.
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James Janowski

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Pat , You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Kay touched and brought joy to everyone's life that knew her. Rest in Peace.

Rene Kussmann

Posted at 09:19am
So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Mark and I are sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. She was such a sweet person and I had some great times in her basement!

Mark and Rene Kussmann

Lori Topp

Posted at 04:04pm
The cherished memories were always at the gathering of the great PINK parties we had over the years. Kay was the hostess for the theme of "Lets go fly a kite" since her code name for a previous "Grape vine Adventure" was Mary Poppins. Scott and Mike hosted the adventure in Milwaukee. Scott gathered his sisters for a terrific scavenger hunt that started in Poppa Cork and Lilly the Pink home in Milwaukee, it was actually Mike's parents home. Driven away in a limo to destinations on the hunt, Kay was to arrive at a flower shop where she received corsages. The limo was filled with bottles of Korbel Champagne. Next was the arrival at the Water Street Restaurant where we met up with the Masters of Adventure. Onward to the presidential suite at the Pfister Hotel. So Mary Poppins (Kay) the hostess, with all of us dressed in pink, ate, drank, played pranks, and we did fly kites. Played the theme song for the day until the wee hours of the morning.

It was about that time I started the 147 Club, me as the President. Why 147 Club? Because children giggle and laugh the average of 147 times a day... and we never grew up. Kayzee, I will miss our 147 giggles. Love and miss you dearly.

All my love to you. Daddy's little pizza pie.
Lori aka Betty Boop.

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