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Katherine "Kay" J. Thibado

Katherine "Kay" J. Thibado

Katherine “Kay” J. Thibado, age 78 of Menomonie, died Wednesday October 6, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Kay was born December 22, 1942, on the home farm in the Township of Eau Galle, Dunn County.  She was the daughter of Kenneth and Regina (Schwebach) Taplin.  Kay grew up the Elmwood area, graduating from Elmwood High School.  After high school, Kay attended the Technical School in Eau Claire in the Data Entry program. Kay worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN for more than 20 years.  She married Robert C. Thibado November 30, 1963, in Elmwood.  Kay also worked for Menomonie School District, working in Dietary until she retired.

Kay as an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood.  She enjoyed working in her garden, doing seek and find puzzles, going out for Friday Fish fries and spending time with family and friends.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Ann (Dave Lofgren) of Elmwood; a brother, Robert (Roxanne) Taplin of Elmwood; three sisters-in-law, Mildred (Roland) Kistner, Connie (James) Newman and Opal Thibado; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob in 2018.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday October 23, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Amir Stanislaus officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of the services at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Elmwood Public Library, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


  1. Jody Henderson

    Ann and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I missed hearing about the services so I will be sending a card to you. Your mom is always a special person and I know it is hard to say good bye. Please know we are thinking of you and sending you are deepest sympathy.
    Jody and Dave Henderson

  2. Theo Thibado

    So sorry to hear about Kay, always looked forward to visiting when I would come to Downsville always pleasant time, Theo Thibado

  3. Ann Straily

    Dear Ann,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Your family has always been so kind to ours. We carry very happy memories of visiting your farm so many times with our children. We will so fondly remember your family for generations to come.
    Sincerely, Ann Thibado Straily and Family ????

  4. Diane Fox

    Dearest Ann, so sorry to hear about your Mother passing. She was such a loving lady and wonderful neighbor. May she be a shing star for you. Hugs. Dennis and Diane

  5. Patti Thibado

    I am so sorry to hear of Kays passing. She was always so friendly. My condolences.

  6. Teresa & John Scavone

    Dear Ann,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a kind and generous person, always ready to feed an army of people. Our deepest sympathy to you and Dave.


    We were saddened to hear of Kay's passing. Sending our sympathies to Ann and Dave.

    Kris and Dave Polzer

  8. Julie Stratton

    Our sympathies and prayers to Ann and Dave. Aunt Kay will always be remembered for the kindness she showed to others!????❤????


    My sympathy on the loss of your Mom Ann. Enjoy each day - as life changes so quickly.

    Nick Rassbach

  10. Carla R. Klingman

    I am so sorry for your loss. I met KT at the Menomonie School Food Service, what a great person she was. I visited with her in town a couple weeks ago, I am so glad I was able to do that. May she rest in peace.

  11. Chris Knospe

    So sorry for your loss. I met Kay at Menomonie High School, working in the food service program. A very kind and wonderful lady.
    Chris Knospe

  12. Sally wolfe

    So sorry to hear about Kay. She and Bob can be back together now. Rest in peace Kay.pujx

  13. Nona Buchholz. (Bauer)

    So sorry for your loss! We were neighbors growing up. A very nice person!

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