Bernadine Julia Kaye, 91, of Kaukauna passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Paul Elder Care in Kaukauna.
She was born on September 8, 1926, in Gardner, Door County to George and Mary (Bosman) Destree. She was one of 9 children. On December 30, 1943 she married Richard F. Kaye at Christ the King Church in Sturgeon Bay. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2007.
Bernadine had several part time jobs retiring from Gordy’s Food Fair in 1985. She enjoyed gardening, making rag rugs on her loom, and crocheting Afghans, one of which appeared in the “Country Afghans” Magazine. She traveled with Richard throughout the U.S. wintering many years in Florida. Her greatest joy was her 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Survivors include daughters; Beverly (Donald) Vandenberg, Combined Locks, Carol (John) Hewett, Kaukauna; son, Gerald (Gloria) Kaye, Brussels; grandchildren, Mark (Debbie) Vandenberg, Penny (Terry) Brickner, Heidi Salutz, Todd Hewett, Gerald (Jill) Kaye Jr. and Derek Kaye; great-grandchildren, Abby Vandenberg, Jacob (special friend Kayli), Noah and TY Brickner, Maddie and Ben Salutz, Jacob and Dylan Kaye; brother, Harvey (Shirley) Destree; sisters, Arlene Braun, Janice (Roger) Mueller, Sharon (Warren) Larkin, brother-in-law, Donald Kaye; sisters-in-law, Joyce Destree, Joyce (Stanley) LaCrosse, Janet Kaye.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband Richard Kaye; her parents; mother and father-in-law, Ernest and Effie Kaye; sisters, Dora Destree, Doris Kaye, Lois Kipp; brother, Arnold Destree; brothers-in-law, Roger Braun, Wallace Kipp, Ellard Kaye, Harold Kaye and sister-in-law, Angela Kaye.
Honoring her wishes, there will be a private, family Memorial Service at a later time. She will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery, Kaukauna.
A special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at St. Paul Assisted Living, Kaukauna; Sister Delores for all her comforting words, the 3rd floor staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and Affinity Hospice.