On Jan. 11, 2020, Kathryn Elizabeth Stroud left us to rejoin her late husband, Frederick Alan Stroud, to begin their journey together anew.

Kay, as she liked to be called, was born July 27, 1927, in Aurora, Ill., to John and Mildred Eeten.

She graduated West Aurora High School in 1945, and then went on to Illinois Wesleyan College. graduating in 1949 with a degree in business. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

She married her fellow student, Fred, on Dec. 17, 1949.

During their 63-year marriage Kay and Fred resided in the Chicago area as well as Toronto and Montreal, Canada. Their last home was in Eagle River, Wis., at Milestone Senior Living.

An important aspect of their life together was the exploration of the world. Their favorite place was the Algarve in Portugal, one of the many countries they visited, cherishing the lifelong friends they made along the way.

Kay was a person of many layers. She was a devoted wife. As a businesswoman she partnered with Fred in their advertising business in Canada.  As a mother she was able to help with all levels of schooling and always proved to be a great intellectual companion. And as a grandmother she was so proud of the many accomplishments of her large family, and sharing her passions and ideals with them all.

One of her greatest attributes was patience, never challenged more so than being a lifelong Cubs fan who waited for 89 years to see them win a World Series. 

To carry on Kay’s legacy are her four children, Robert and Terri Stroud of Crestview Fla., Karla Ross and George Costa of Chicago, Ill., Sandy and Bruce Kaitchuck of Eagle River, and Jeff and Rose Stroud of Toronto, Canada; 15 grandchildren, Ron and Kris Stroud, Jenny and Brad Fout, Benjamin Bailey and Annie Johnson, Jeff and Amanda Stroud, Tyson and Kristi Dillow, Michael and Allison Cantu, Aaron and Amelia Cantu, Lindsey Stroud, Ryan Stroud, Katie Stroud, Andrew and Carly Stroud, David and Erin Costa, Kimberley Kait­chuck, Matthew Kaitchuck, Michael Stroud and Stephanie La Torre; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Kay is survived by her older sister, Mary Carol Frieburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; a brother, John Eeten; and a granddaughter, Olivia Dillow.

Kay was a member of Eagle River First Congregational United Church of Christ.

A local Memorial Service will be held at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m., as well as a service that day in Toronto, Canada.

At a later date the entire family will meet in Chicago for a celebration of Kay’s and Fred’s lives. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate food to feed the hungry through your church or local food pantry.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.