Catherine E. “Kay” “Kate” (Kolfenbach) Shuey

Catherine E. “Kay” “Kate” (Kolfenbach) Shuey

Catherine E. “Kay” “Kate” (Kolfenbach) Shuey, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:40 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Kay’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue. To honor Kay’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 10:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Kay was born on July 22, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Carl and Mary (Maas) Kolfenbach.

Kay was a life long resident of Dubuque who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kenneth Shuey, on April 25, 1940, at Sacred Heart Church. They were blessed with 69 years of marriage and 3 wonderful sons together before Ken was sadly called home ahead of her on November 17, 2009. Kay was a devoted wife and mother, as well as an excellent employee with JCPenney, where she worked as a floor manager and sales supervisor for 30 years. She was very active with her community and was a long time member of Holy Ghost Church, the Moose Lodge and the JCPenney retiree group. Kay loved to go dancing and was involved in square dancing and round dancing for over 40 years. She also enjoyed traveling all across the United States and was an avid Euchre player. Kay definitely enjoyed spending time outdoors and took meticulous care of her yard and flower gardens. We are truly blessed to have had Kay here with us on this Earth for 99 years, and there is no doubt that the world is a better place because she was in it.

Those left to cherish Kay’s memory include

her 4 grandchildren,
Lena (Kenneth) Dutkiewicz, Tami (John) Madden, Tom Shuey and Jerry Shuey;

her 5 great-grandchildren;

a great great-grandchild;

her niece,
Diane (Steve) Ressler;

her nephew,
Bob (Mary Jo) Kolfenbach;

a special friend,
LuAnn Ambrosy;

her former daughter-in-law,
Tari Shuey;

as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Shuey; 3 sons, Thomas, Gerald and Kenneth Shuey; and her siblings, Margarite “Margie” Bennis, Anna Mae (William) Renk, Joseph Kolfenbach, Leo Kolfenbach and Raymond (Marge) Kolfenbach.

Kay’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jessica, for the excellent care they have provided to Kay.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Kay’s favorite charities.


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Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
March 2nd, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
March 2nd, 2020 at 10:00 AM

8 condolences for Catherine E. “Kay” “Kate” (Kolfenbach) Shuey
  1. Michelle Schriver says:

    Many years ago I worked with Kay at JC Penney. I always thought she was the classiest, most impeccably dressed and nicest of the ladies at JC Penney. She was a mentor to many, and I remember her fondly.

    Rest in peace dear lady.

  2. Dianna DeTellem says:

    We will always, have kindest fondest memories of you!
    So many, great family reunions between Eagle Pk, Grt Aunt Annie’s and your “groovy” basement! The shag carpets and wonderful gardens! Cheers to you and Great Uncle Ken!
    You’ll be missed! 💖

  3. Tom Bierie says:

    My parents, George and Lindy Bierie, cherished the many square dances and dance practices with Ken and Kay followed by card games and good times. They had so much fun traveling together. Their love of life is a beautiful model for our children to look up to. May the dancing continue in heaven.
    With cherished memories, Tom Bierie

  4. Pam Hough says:

    My grandma, Verla Driscoll, worked with Kay at JC Penney for many years and they were great friends. When we were kids we used to take the bus downtown and see them at the store (and of course visit the candy counter!). We lost grandma far too soon on November 18, 1986 at the young age of 68 to cancer. Kay went on to live a great long life and I agree, the world is a better place because she was in it. Both ladies loved their families dearly and were quite fond of the game of euchre. Grandma talked about Kay a lot and we are all dearly connected through their strong friendship. I’ve heard “there are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”. Kay squeezed in every ounce of happiness she could in life and danced her way right to the Golden Gates! God bless you sweet lady – may you rest in peace with your family in Heaven. Blessings also sent from my siblings, Peggy Zmudka, Sheri Leytem, Sam Hough and Bob Hough.

  5. Sue Pfaff says:

    Aunt Kate has now danced her way to the arms of Uncle Kenny in the heavens. I’m so happy to have had such a wonderful visit with her on June 29, 2018, with my sisters Diane (Shuey) Rosenthal & Mary Jean (Shuey) Mullen. It was a visit I will treasure forever; Aunt Kate never stopped talking. We loved every minute with her and hated for our visit to end. You will be dearly missed and loved Aunt Kate but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family but know that she Is finally free of pain and in the loving arms of Uncle Kenny and our dear Lord. Rest In Peace Aunt Kate
    Susan (Shuey) Pfaff & Family
    Naperville, IL

  6. Diane Rosenthal says:

    Kate was a wonderful aunt and my Godmother. We were blessed that she was a part of the Shuey family. We have many sweet memories of Shuey gatherings with her and Uncle Kenny at their home and at Eagle Point Park. We found out today about her passing and are saddened that we weren’t with her family sharing in the celebration of her life. Had we known we would have absolutely been there to send her home. Home at last with all her boys. Blessings to you Aunt Kate and until we meet again……..
    Diane & Marty Rosenthal

  7. Diane Rosenthal says:

    Aunt Kate was a wonderful aunt and Godmother. Our family enjoyed many visits and family picnics at Eagle Point Park with Uncle Kenny and the Shuey cousins. Had we known of her passing we would have been there to share in sending her home and to celebrate her long life. Blessings Aunt Kate and until we meet again…….. Diane & Marty Rosenthal

  8. Mary Jean (Shuey) Mullen says:

    Aunt “Katie” as I used to call her…
    My sister’s Diane, Susan and myself had a wonderful visit with with her on June 29,2018. She was so surprised & happy to see us…as we were to see her! We shared memories together & had some good laughs! Aunt Katie remembered better than we did! I’ll remember that day always! It’s unfortunate that we found out that she had passed after the services were over. We would have liked to have been there to celebrate the “special” person she was.
    We’ll miss you…May God’s face shine bright upon your face and give you ever lasting peace!

    Love you always… Aunt Katie

    Mary Jean (Shuey) Mullen and family. Palatine, Il

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