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Kathryn A. Wayne

Kathryn A. Wayne

Kathryn Ann Wayne

May 20, 1929 – April 22, 2024

How blessed are we to have been loved by you...

Kathryn Ann Wayne, age 94, of Menomonie, was born at the family farm in rural Buffalo County, WI on May 20th, 1929, to Rodie and Margaret (Schober) Weisenbeck, was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Durand, WI.  She attended school in Weisenbeck Valley and graduated from Nelson High School.

Kathryn met the love of her life at a local dance hall and married Roy Howard Wayne on July 19, 1947, beginning a life together for 63 years. 

Their life journey took them to Durand, Downsville, Menomonie, and on vacations throughout the US and across the world.  Kathryn and Roy loved to travel and loved sharing their travel experiences with others. She often shared that they had visited 50 states and Russia, Europe, China, while paging about in her keepsake albums.  The two of them felt extraordinary pride in establishing the Dairy Queen in Durand, WI and Wayne Pallet’s Inc. Downsville, WI.

Kathryn was blessed with an amazing large family and often would quote Roy by saying “Look what we have done!”  She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and passing down her favorite recipes including her Christmas Toffee and dad’s 4-Leaf Clovers. She loved to sew for family and friends.  She watched many basketball, football, and hockey games for children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

We will miss her in our lives, in our homes, at our tables and at our gatherings, but we are all blessed to have the memories of mom in our hearts.

She was a strong and amazing woman who instilled in us to believe that you could be whatever and whomever you wanted to be. 

Her lessons were about becoming the best person one could be and for most of all, she taught us not “what to be” but rather “how to be”.

Be a safe harbor

Be disciplined

Be determined

Be faithful

Be giving

Be gentle

Be honest

Be humble

Be prepared

Be true to yourself

Mom you will be deeply missed by your 11 Children,  Linda (Allen) Mans of Chippewa Falls, WI, Larry (Julie) Wayne of Downsville, WI, Nancy Hurlburt of Durand, WI, Gary (Dianne) Wayne of Lake Holcombe, WI, Bob Wayne, Terry (April) Wayne of Menomonie, WI, Mark (Cathy) Wayne of Port Washington, WI, Lisa Kitzmann of Plymouth, MN, Lori (Mark) Radke of Cottonwood, MN , Michelle (Dean) Bostrom of Farmington, MN, Jason (Jess) Wayne of Downsville, WI;  31 grandchildren, and 49 great-grandchildren.   and two sisters, Patricia Reinhardt and Esther Taylor and many close relatives.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Rodie and Margaret Weisenbeck, in-laws, John and Lillian Wayne, husband, Roy, son, Robert (Bob), son-in-law Doug Hurlburt, granddaughter Kayla Wayne, and great grandson Adam Wayne.

Kathryn’s family wants to thank the care providers at St Croix Hospice, American Lutheran Home, and Comfort of Homes, Menomonie, WI

The funeral mass will be live streamed at St. Jospeh Menomonie WI Youtube page.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Thursday May 2, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. John Mano officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.


  1. Linda Wayne

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Donna Wayne Engels (Dennis)

    So sorry for your loss. Always loved Aunt Kathryn. May she rest in peace. Condolences to the family.

  3. Marisela Kelley

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    -Kelley Family

  4. Barry Bauer

    My condolences to the family.

  5. Barb Bauer Gibson

    My Sympathy and Prayers to Kathryn Families.

  6. Susan Johnson

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in your thoughts and prayers.

  7. Arlene Forster (for Dennis)

    Dear Wayne Family--
    "One of my favorites died" was the response from Dennis when I read him Kathryn's obituary from the Leader Telegram. He is at a nursing home in Chippewa Falls receiving physical therapy after a fall last Saturday when he broke a bone in his left hip area. He didn't brake the hip because it has been replaced. I will tell you that he feels really badly that he can't attend the wake or funeral. He was really fond of Kathryn.

    From Arlene Forster, wife of Dennis Forster

  8. Anne Schleusner

    Gary & Dianne, Terry & April, Nancy and all the rest of the Wayne families-
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom impressed me when Jason was born, we both were in a 4 bed ward at Memorial Hospital Maternity Ward. She said she had a labor pain at home, rushed to the hospital and got there just in time for a nurse to "catch"! ????
    What a big, wonderful family. You are fortunate to have each other to lean on and reminisce. Savor those happy memories. My sympathy to all of you.
    Anne (Larson) Schleusner

  9. Linda Gaertner

    Dianne and family. I am so sorry about your loss. Having just lost my Mom, I can relate to the feelings that you are going through. Be noticed that my Mom comes to visit, scold, laugh with me or maybe at me, far more than she ever did before. I send my love and hugs and best wishes while you go through the next weeks, months and years.

  10. Dave and Sally Steinke

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Thoughts , prayers and hugs to your family.

  11. Kim Brunkow

    Our deepest condolences...
    Bob and Kim Brunkow

  12. Bill & Debbie Harmon

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Much love and prayers to all of you. ❤️????

  13. Steven and Linda Condit

    She would always be in our hearts. May she rest in peace with Roy. Our family matters.

  14. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family.


    Michelle your mom sounds like she was a wonderful lady that with her husband built a beautiful family. I sure wish I would have gotten the chance to meet her. Sending love to the family. ❤️

  16. Pat Frion

    I am so sorry for your loss

  17. Joyce Halama

    My sincere condolences! I have many happy memories with the Wayne Family and Mrs. Wayne was in many of them with her smile and laugh! May she Rest In Peace ❤️

  18. judy and John Parr

    prayers with all

  19. Steve and Darlene Brunner

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother❤️. Sending hugs and prayers????❤️????

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