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Katherine “Kay” Goldenstein, age 81, of St. Charles, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Free of her earthly struggles, Kay flew to her Heavenly home on the wings of a dove.
She was born January 15, 1937, to proud parents, Herman and Emma (Hoffmann) Goldenstein.
Kay grew up in St. Charles on the family farm and attended local schools. She graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1954. After receiving her diploma, Kay attended Wheaton Bible College and received a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Science in 1958.
Kay found employment at Mooseheart Child City and School, as a physical education teacher in 1958. She taught generations of children, many of whom still hold Kay dear in their hearts. After her retirement, Kay concentrated on spending more time serving her church, most recently at Country Covenant Church as treasurer. She also made memories as part of the Wasco Ladies Club. She also spent time with her sister Margaret working part time for Conley Funeral Home where they became infamous for their kindness and special dove releases.
Kayâ€™s faith was her bedrock and it served her well throughout her life. Her convictions were as strong as the bond she had with family, whether you were related by blood or not. You always knew where you stood in Kayâ€™s life, good or bad, but if you were a friend, you were a friend for life. In recent years, she re-established social ties with classmates from years gone by. Genealogy and her family history were a passion of hers, as was her penchant for “being right”. Kay collected many things, pencils being a favorite, and her home was a testament to years of finding value in almost anything. She loved watching her favorite teams, especially the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls. You couldnâ€™t find a bigger fan and she was always staying up into the wee hours of the night catching the latest scores and sharing the details of every game with fami ly and friends. There will never be another one like Kay, and the world will be poorer for her absence.
She is survived by many cousins and a countryside full of friends that became family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Emma Goldenstein, and one sister, Margaret Goldenstein.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A funeral to celebrate her life will be held at Country Covenant Church, 43W510 McDonald Rd, Campton Hills, IL 60124, Friday, January 18th, at 11 a.m., with a time of visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. to precede the service. Interment will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Kayâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the “Katherine Goldenstein Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.
A funeral to celebrate her life will be held at Country Covenant Church, 43W510 McDonald Rd, Campton Hills, IL 60124, Friday, January 18th, at 11 a.m., with a time of visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. to precede the service.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL.
Interment will follow at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL.