Kay Miller, age 82, of Crystal Lake, passed away on July 9, 2015, in Sheboygan, WI.

She was born in Plymouth, WI on April 19, 1933, daughter of Cecil and Selma (Laux) Mabson. She attended Plymouth grade schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1951. On August 22, 1953 she married Joe Miller at St. Clements Catholic Church in Sheboygan. Joe was the love of her life. Kay was “the woman behind the man,” hosting business guests and parties at their home, supporting the growth of both Thonet and Nemschoff Chairs.

Kay was a member of St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, in Kohler, where she was an active volunteer, before moving to Crystal Lake, where she was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Plymouth.

Kay’s passion in life were her children and grandchildren. She was their biggest fan, always attending their events. She was a consummate volunteer when her children were young: cooking, sewing girls clothes, making costumes for madrigals, and leading Cub Scouts and Webelos dens.Her one night out was with her beloved bowling team‚“the Manhattans” where she made lifelong friends and had many laughs.

Kay created a home where everyone was welcome and gathered frequently; she was “Mom”to many. She loved living on Crystal Lake where she was hostess to many guests over the years. She loved music and was frequently found at the piano, at the end of an evening, leading guests in song. She enjoyed golf and played in the Quit Qui Oc and Crystal Lake Golf Leagues.

Kay was a talented artist and shared her work as gifts to friends and family. With her best friend Nancy Schmidt, she enjoyed many hours of painting. Following Joe’s retirement, they enjoyed travel, the lake, each other, and their grandkids. Her husband preceded her in death on November 30, 1996.

She is survived by four children: Randy (Jeannie) Miller of Kohler, Cindy Howley of Crystal Lake, Mark (Amy) Miller of Oregon WI, and Lisa (Doug) Bocchini of Kohler; nine grandchildren: Jonathan Miller, Jamie Abstetar, Marla Abstetar, Kristin (Jordan) Nowak, Douglas Bocchini, Justin Miller, AJ Bocchini, Nicholas Miller, Dominic Bocchini, and Kaylyn Howley; and three great grandchildren: Aaliyah, Maddy, and Bela. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is survived, as well, by her friend and caregiver of many years, Diane Ploetz.

Of special note was her love for her dogs over the years, especially her last dog Lucy, who was so dear to her during her illness.

She is preceded in death by her husband, mother and father, sister Joan, sonin law Bob Howley, brother-in-law Blackie Greuel, and nephew Gary Greuel.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, WI. Father Dan Volkert will officiate. Friends may call the church at 9:00 A.M. on Friday until the time of services.

Following Kay’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment will occur at the Kohler Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, in support of the care and support they provide to the inflicted and the research they do to eliminate this disease.

Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Embrace Care Management, the wonderful staff at Azura Memory Care, Dr. Andrea Gavin, Heartland Hospice, and Father Wayne Bittner for the gentle care they gave our Mom and the support they provided our family.

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