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Edward and Katherine PRIESTAP

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Edward and Katherine PRIESTAP Obituary
PRIESTAP, Edward C. and Katherine A. "Kay"

Edward C. Priestap, 91, of Austin, Texas passed away on April 9, 2014. His death was followed shortly with the passing of his wife of 68 years, Katherine (Kay) A. Priestap, 89, of Austin, Texas on April 13, 2014.

Edward was born in Chicago, IL on October 23, 1922 to Edwin Priestap and Margaret Geiger. He attended Northwestern University and went through the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) which sent more than 200,000 soldiers to some 227 colleges to take highly accelerated courses in various branches of engineering, medicine, dentistry, personnel psychology, and 34 different foreign languages. He served in World War II and Korea as a 1st Lieutenant in the Signal Corps stationed at Fort Sheridan in Illinois and Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Kay was born in Fargo, ND on January 30, 1925 to Alfred Olsen and Louise Walnum. She attended elementary school in Racine, WI and Steinmetz High School in Chicago, IL in 1944. After graduating from high school she worked for Westinghouse Electric before meeting Edward in 1945.

The two were married on March 16, 1946 in Chicago, IL where sons Terry and Charles were born, later living in Pekin, IL where daughter Karen was born. They relocated for Ed's career as a packaging sales engineer at Stone Container Corporation to Euclid, OH where daughter Mary was born, living in Central Ohio until 1967 when Ed's job took them to Louisville, KY, where they raised their children and became active members in the their community and church for over 30 years. They were loved and supported by their church family at Christ United Methodist Church in Louisville until their move to Austin, TX in 2006 to be closer to family.

Both Ed and Kay loved to entertain, garden and travel, especially to Norway to visit Kay's relatives and explore her heritage. Kay was a wonderful cook and was well known for her homemade Derby pies. She was active in her Louisville P.E.O. chapter and had a passion for raising orchids, beautiful roses and making intricate quilts for loved ones. Ed was a Freemason and loved sports, never missing a Kentucky basketball game. He was passionate about trains, both building extensive models and traveling to see the world's great steam engines.

They are survived by Edward's brother, Ken (Jean) Priestap, of Bloomfield Hills, MI; and Kay's brother, Alfred (Vicki) Olson, of Corvallis, OR. They are also survived by their four children: Terry (Joan) Priestap, of Austin, TX; Charles (Marina) Priestap, of Naples, FL, Karen (Eric) Schuermer, of Spokane, WA; Mary (Dave) Brais, of Sacramento, CA; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who also loved them dearly.

The Funeral will be held at The Lakeway Church in Lakeway, Texas at 2:00 on May 10th.

Obituary and guestbook available online at
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 4 to May 5, 2014
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