Catherine J. Uthe, 87, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital, surrounded by her family, three days after suffering a heart attack.
She was born on Dec. 26, 1921, the daughter of John and Jennie (Olson) Seydel of Chicago.
Kay met her partner for life, Theodore (Ted) Uthe, just before he was deployed to South Africa in WWII. They were married in 1945 after Ted returned from Europe.
They started their life together in Orland Park, Ill., farming the family homestead and starting their own family. In 1958, Ted and Kay purchased the Old Outhouse farm north of Lily Lake, where their five children grew up.
As the children grew older, Kay worked out of the home at DuKane in St. Charles for a time. They built a new home on Empire Road after Ted was unable to farm.
Ten years later, they retired south to Lake Worth, Fla., and spent summers in Reno, Nev.
After Ted passed, Kay lived with her youngest daughter, Debra, and her family in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., but would travel back to Elburn every summer.
An avid Cubs fan, Kay loved looking after her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but was always ready for a good card game, bingo or a trip to the casino.
She now leaves a son, Thomas (Marvee) Uthe; three daughters, Beverly (Dale) Kuipers, Nancy (Mike) Shuey and Debbie (Ken) Vandeputte; nine grandchildren, Todd (Shanne) Kuipers, Karla Kuipers, Dawn Kuipers, Jason Shuey, Jackie Shuey, Ashley Vandeputte, Tiffany Vandeputte, Jennifer (Crook) Peak and Ted Crook; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Kuipers, Cierra Kuipers, Nolan Shuey and many nieces and nephews.
She now joins her loving husband, Theodore; brother, Jack Seydel; sister, Jean Andrews; daughter, Doreen Crook; and son-in-law, William Crook.
A memorial service was held in Royal Palm Beach on Oct. 3. The family asks that any contributions to be donated to hospice.