Catherine G. "Kay" Harre (1918 - 2009)

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Catherine G. "Kay" Harre, 91, of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown.

She was born June 10, 1918, in Munster, Ind., the daughter of Joseph G. and Sadie Jongsma Harkema.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty (husband, Tom) Loughary of Beardstown, Nancee (husband, Bob) Bales of Eldon, Mo., and Kay Ann Surratt of Beardstown; 15 grandchildren, Amy Poturnicki, Lisa Warden, Tereasa Surratt, Samuel Surratt, Holly Crowe, Christina Bales, Stefanie Cavanaugh, Laura Schultz, Lisa Lipman, Beth Snider, Rebecca Smitherman, Elmer Harkema, Rebecca Ambromitis, Debbie Hale and Greg Lashbrook; numerous great-grandchildren; and one brother, Pearson (wife, Marion) Harkema of Monnessen, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Charlotte Harre; one grandson, Robert Thomas Bales Jr.; two brothers, Elmer and William Harkema; and one sister, Maria Kirward.

Mrs. Harre was a faithful and devoted member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. As a wife, mother, avid gardener and exceptional cook, she enjoyed golfing, sewing and bowling. Very generous with her time, Kay spent many hours volunteering in the community of Beardstown, including giving kind and considerate care to her neighbors and friends. She formerly owned Kay's Trophy Shop in Beardstown and was also a bookkeeper and office manager for her family business, Harre Coal Company.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Burial will be at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church Saturday. Memorials have been suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2009