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Catherine "Kay" Jane Winberg, 96

Catherine "Kay" Jane Winberg age 96, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Nov. 18, at Presbyterian Homes in Arden Hills, Minn.

Kay was born Oct. 18, 1917, in Hudson, Wis., the daughter of William and Emily (Thomas) Kirk. She was raised in Hudson until 1929 when the family moved to Menomonie. Kay attended Menomonie Central High School and Stout University from 1929-1939. She graduated from Stout with Honors in Home Economics in 1939.

Kay taught Home Economics and Phys-Ed at Lodi High School for one year. She then took a job as home management supervisor with the Farm Security Administration in Ellsworth. Kay met and married Ralph Winberg in 1943, in Menomonie. Kay then accepted a position with the Extension Service as a Home Agent, working with Homemaker and 4-H Clubs while Ralph was in the service.

In 1953, they purchased a mortuary and furniture business in Ellsworth, where Ralph had been employed before World War II. Kay worked with her husband in the business and raised their family. Besides working with her husband, Kay also taught Sunday school, helped with Girl Scouts, took active roles in women's church groups, and Eastern Star. She also substitute taught in the Home Economics Dept. at the high school. In 1963, they built a new funeral home and sold the furniture store. They operated the funeral business until they sold it in 1976, and a month later Ralph died.

After a few years, Kay moved back to Menomonie where she was active in the First Congregational Church, P.E.O., Interfaith Care Givers, Myrtle Werth Hospital Auxiliary, traveling with friends and spending winters in Florida. In 2005, Kay moved to Presbyterian Homes, Eagle Crest in Roseville, and later to Johanna Shores in Arden Hills, Minn., where she has remained the rest of her life.

Kay is survived by her two children, James (Leonore) Winberg of Little Canada, Minn.; a daughter Karen (William) Hanley of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Comes of Pennsylvania, Ross (Ann) Winberg of Minnesota; Whitney (Brian) Townsend of Michigan, Victoria Hanley of Raleigh, N.C., and Catherine (Matthew) Houching of Raleigh, N.C.; great grandchildren, Abby Comes, Dagny Winberg, Ashley & Lauren Houching, Riley Hanley, Linnea & Petra Townsend; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Louise Weinkauf; three brothers, Robert, John, and David Kirk.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at First Congregational Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial was at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Friends were invited to call one hour prior to services the church on Friday.

Memorials are preferred to the First Congregational Church of Menomonie, Wis.

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Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.

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