Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Catherine “Kay” Kremer, 87, of Bettendorf, will be 11am, Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 28200 226th St Place, LeClaire, Iowa. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be held from 10am until the time of funeral Mass at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital whom Kay supported with a donation in honor of her grandchildren every Christmas. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kay passed away peacefully Friday, September 22 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Kay was born on September 7, 1936, in Cascade, Iowa, a daughter of Charles J. and Margaret J. (Lehner) Skahill. In July of 1955 she married Kenneth F. Kremer, and they shared their love with three daughters.
Kay was a devoted home maker who enjoyed spending time with her 3 daughters: Chris, Jan, and Barb. She enjoyed all of their many activities and having their friends around. She was very proud of them all and loved family dinners.
After her children were grown, she worked at Kimberly Crest Veterinary Hospital for 25 years. There were many happy and sad times with her furry friends.
Kay loved being involved in all her grandchildren’s activities. She was very proud of them all and loved making her special “taco dinners”. As the grandchildren grew, Kay loved traveling around the country with her family. Kay always showed her love through baking including special birthday cakes and her famous GGK chocolate chip cookies.
Kay was very selfless and for Christmas instead of receiving gifts, she would ask everyone to bring an item to donate to help the homeless at King’s Harvest Ministries. She would also donate countless amounts of food to the River Bend Food Bank and countless amounts of hours at her granddaughter’s pre-school. She also enjoyed her time volunteering at the Mississippi Valley Blood Center for more than nine years.
Those left to honor her memory are her daughters: Chris Harmsen, Jan (Jeff) West, and Barb Cook, all of Davenport; grandchildren: Jill (Matt) Trannel, Ryan Harmsen, Jacob West, Kyle West, Eric (Leslie) Cook, Lucas (Staci) Cook, and Ben Cook; great-grandchildren: Hannah Shree Harmsen, Ella Scott, Koen Cook and Evelyn Cook; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Fred, Dick, and Alan Skahill, and a special cousin, Jo Leon.
Kay’s family would like to thank all of her care team, particularly Dr. Michael Kienzle and Dr. Margo Schilling at the University of Iowa for all of the loving and compassionate care they shared.
Kay’s family has countless, wonderful memories that will live in their hearts forever.
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