KANE - Kareen "Kay" W. McKenna Johnson, "Gramma Kay," wearing her favorite "Peace Love and Wolves" shirt, passed quietly away in her sleep after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at home while surrounded by her family early on the morning of Monday, May 9, 2016.
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Kay was born in Kane on April 1, 1937 to the late Charles F. and Hilda M. Graff McKenna; she was 79 years old.
Including her parents she is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Sgt. Jeffrey A. Palmer; and twelve siblings, Charles F. McKenna, Florence R. McKenna, Emma G. McKenna, Martha E. McKenna, S. Francis Lucia, Terry C. Wilson, Patricia J. McKimm, Patrick J. McKenna, Hilda M. Brothers, Michael J. McKenna and Helen L. Miller.
Kay is survived by her sister M. Joan McKenna Cerrona of Erie; her sister-in-law Josephine McKenna of Mount Jewett; and her four children, Stephanie K. Carlson Moore of Louisville, Ky., Larry J. Carlson of Kane, Charles H. Johnson of Kane and Michelle M. Johnson Palmer of Kane.
Gramma Kay is also survived by and will be sadly missed by her 5 grandchildren; Ashley (Kyle) Moore Parik of Lisle, Ill., Craig Neely of Port Allegany, Joshua Carlson of Connellsville, Brittni Nunn of Kane and Tanner Morehead of Kane. Gramma Kay is additionally survived by her five great-grandchildren; Carson, Cyerrah, Connor, October and Giovani.
In addition to her immediate family, Kay is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In years past, many of her friends may remember seeing Kay on stage in many of the Kane Players Productions or singing with the old Kane Choraliers. She worked at Houston Electronics for many years but retired after working at the Friends Memorial Library where she enjoyed helping little children learn her joy of reading during story time. She could often be found sitting on her porch swing working on crosswords, reading a book or yelling out the answers from her recliner while watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
Gramma Kay will be missed by the numerous members of "Gramma Kay's Pack" whom she loved like her very own. She watched as these children grew into loving compassionate young adults who, when they became aware that she was heading into her own battle, formed "Gramma Kay's Pack" and stood behind her to help her fight every step of the way, until the very end. She loved nothing more than to watch as her "Kane Wolves" fought their way to victory in all of their sports and events through the years, always cheering loud and proud. Her voice could always be heard over the crowd, singing the National Anthem and the Alma Mater with pride and never forgetting a word. Her pack grew to include many more than just "her kids" and for that her heart was full.
In lieu of flowers Kay and her family would like you to consider making a donation to the Sgt. Jeffrey A. Palmer Memorial Scholarship Fund which can be dropped off or mailed to: Hamlin Bank and Trust Company 333 Main St. Smethport PA 16749 or 34 Fraley St. Kane PA 16735.
Services will be held privately with the family at a later date as Kay had decided to donate her body to science in hopes of helping others. Arrangements are in the care of the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com
Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home
103 South Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Published in The Bradford Era from May 11 to May 17, 2016