Kay Karleen Laga
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Kay Karleen Laga went to spend her eternal life with friends and family on April 18, 2013. Kay was born May 14, 1949 in Appleton to Charles and Lavern Laga. Kay spent her childhood with her mother, father, two brothers and two sisters on Kay Street, a street named after her.
Kay graduated from Plamann School, a school for handicapped children, near Appleton, WI. For many years to follow, she worked very hard to gain total independence. Many friends and family helped her on her journey. In her own words, "Today, May 14, 1994, is a red letter day on my calendar of life. It is my 45th birthday, but even more important, I graduated today. For all my 45 years I've worked towards this day- the day when I would be independent. And today it happened!" An accomplishment most of us take for granted was something Kay took great pride in.
Kay was a huge part of Special Olympics and took great pride in all her events whether it was bowling, swimming or track. She also participated in bocce ball.
Kay is survived by her two sisters, Lynn (Mike) Loeper of Appleton and Jill (Mark) Beyer also of Appleton: sister-in-law, Carol Laga: seven nieces and nephews, Cori Arizola, Joy (Brook) Nienhaus, Luke (Emily) Laga, Michelle Wales, Tim (Vanessa) Beyer, Troy Beyer, Lauren Beyer; five great nieces and nephews, Braeden, Giovanni, Krya, Anna, and Spencer; and her loving companion, her cat, Kaylani. Kay had many friends, Nanette, Mary Kay, Cora, Tamara and many special friends at Northland Mall and Shopko. Kay was welcomed into heaven by her parents, grandparents, and two brothers Tim and Jim.
The funeral service for Kay will be held at 4:00 p.m. at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST(724 East South River St.) on Saturday, April 20, 2013, with Rev. Jane Anderson officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.
Kay was a unique and special person. She was incredibly thoughtful and compassionate to everyone she met. She was truly loved by all that met her. She had an impeccable ability to find good in everyone and despite all her challenges she maintained the most positive attitude towards life. A dreamer till the end, still hoping to visit Hawaii someday. Through her thoughtful gifts (the best ever) and her homemade "Kiss Kay" cards, she always brought sunshine to everyone.
"What are Kay's wishes" 1. Going on a trip 2. Being able to have fun AND NO PAIN! Well Kay…bucket list complete! Aloha and enjoy the journey. We love you.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 19, 2013