Kay (Laufenburger) Jilk, 61, of rural St. Charles died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family and under the loving care of her daughter, Sierra.
Kay was born Aug. 14, 1957, in Winona to Roger and Selma (Nisbit) Laufenburger. She was raised in Lewiston. Kay graduated from Lewiston High School and went on to receive a business degree from Rochester Vo-Tech. For the past 32 years, she has worked as the office manager for The Center for Effective Living in Rochester.
Kay has spent the past 32 years with her lifelong companion and husband, Pete Jilk. She enjoyed the outdoors, feeding birds, reading mystery novels, caring for her dogs and spending time with her family and friends. Kay also enjoyed her time working alongside Pete with his lumber business.
Kay is survived by her husband, Pete; a daughter, Sierra (Michael) McIntyre of Rochester; two sons, Trent (Megann) Doran of Mankato, and Jake Jilk of Chatfield; three grandchildren, Traesyn, Daxen and Eagan; a brother, Bruce Laufenburger; two sisters, Kelly (Doug) Trainor of Rochester, and Dawn Laufenburger of Rochester; and her dog, Penny. She is also survived by Sister Theresa Jilk and Chris Falkowski, who treated her like a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Funeral Mass for Kay will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Elba with the Rev. James Callahan officiating. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Please share a memory of Kay at her online guestbook and view her video tribute, when it becomes available, at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service of St. Charles is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kays family would like to thank Mayo Clinic and Seasons Hospice for their care of Kay.