Katherine "Kay" Smith Bergsland, 79, of Bozeman, Mont., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, due to interstitial lung disease.
Kay was born in Evanston, Ill., to Robert Dawes Smith and Jeanne (Davis) Smith. She earned a BA in education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a masters in special education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kay married Tom Bergsland on Sept. 7, 1957. In her career, she worked as a teacher in Evanston, Ill., La Crosse, Wis., and Rochester, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Subsequently, along with her husband, Tom, she owned and managed Elektro Assemblies, Inc., in Rochester.
Kay was an avid volunteer and gave back to the community through work with the Intermountain Opera, BCRFD Auxiliary, and as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor in Bozeman schools. She will be remembered for her compassion, love of community and dedication to maintaining family relationships.
Survivors include husband, Tom Bergsland of Bozeman, Mont.; daughters, Kristin (Tim) Caffrey of Oak Park, Ill., Erica of Edina and Emily (Robert Warren) of San Francisco, Calif.; a son, Peter (Lauren) of Plymouth; and a sister, Virginia Smith of Elkhorn, Wis. She was loved by eight grandchildren, Katie and Carrie Caffrey, Emily and Henry Rose, Rosie and Alex Warren and Anna and Tommy Bergsland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchild, Christopher Caffrey, and son-in-law, Douglas Rose (husband to Erica).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Bozeman Deaconess ICU ℅ Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715, or CAP ℅ Thrive, P.O. Box 6637, Bozeman, MT 59771 (allthrive.org).
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service, 300 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715, 406-586-5298.
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 15, 2014