Kay Rhode – Montevideo American News
Kay Rhode, 82, of Montevideo died Thursday July 7 at Luther Haven in Montevideo. A Christian Burial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Montevideo on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church with a prayer service at 5 p.m.
Kay Marlene Rhode was born on June 4, 1940, the daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Stevens) Rosen in Montevideo. She was baptized on June 23, 1940 in Montevideo and confirmed in her faith on May 22, 1955 at Salem Lutheran Church in Montevideo. She was educated until the eighth grade in Montevideo. After completing eighth grade, she quit school to find a job to help support her family.
On November 13, 1959, Kay married Dennis Rhode in South Dakota. The couple took up residence on the Rhode family farm for a few years. They moved to various communities in southwestern Minnesota before returning to Montevideo in 1974 where they raised their family. Together they were blessed with five children, Kim, Karen, Kevin, Ken and Kurt.
Kay stayed home with her children and enjoyed being a farm woman. When her children were older, one of Kay’s first jobs outside the home was at Dairy Queen. After that, she started working at Luther Haven Nursing Home, helping with both laundry and cooking for over 25 years. She also worked briefly at Coborn and served as a substitute teacher at schools in Montevideo in the kitchens. Kay was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxilliary for several years in the late 60’s to early 70’s.
Kay loved cooking and loved camping. She enjoyed watching sports, feeling both the joy and frustration that came with NASCAR, the Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Vikings. She has been an avid collector of Homco ceramic bear figurines for many years, amassing a collection in the hundreds. Later in life, she developed an interest in puzzles. Dennis and Kay loved getting their family together. After Dennis passed away, Kay’s new companion came into her life: Buddy, a little black dog. Buddy was her dear friend for many years until she moved to Luther Haven and Buddy went to live the rest of her life on the farm with her grandson, Tim.
Kay is survived by her children, Kim (Lane) Quenemoen of Montevideo, Karen (Randy) Buseman of Alexandria, Kevin (Julie) Rhode of Montevideo, Ken (Deb) Rhode of Montevideo, Kurt Rhode of Montevideo; grandchildren, Tim (Amy), Jennifer (Tim), Matthew, Ashley (Kevi), Scott (Cari), Chad (Ali), Nick (Heather), Brett (Nancy) Jenessa (Leif), Alissa (Cody), Jarrett, Kortney, Zach, Cole (Skylar); great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Brady, Bryan, Arianna, Collin, Gabriella, Briella, Braxton, Brooklyn, Bryce, Eric, Ashten, Kingston, Henry, Josephine and Isabelle; brothers, Wayne (Annette) Rosen of Clara City, Gale (Ardell) Rosen of Raymond; sister, Sharon (Gary) Anderson of Dawson; sisters-in-law, Lee Rosen and Betty Rosen; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Kay is predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Hazel Rosen; husband, Dennis; siblings, Rosemary, Bill, Merton and Everett; as well as his beloved dog, Buddy.
Arrangements are with Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo. For the online guestbook, please visit www.wingbain.com.