MOUNT HOREB—Kay (Karcher) Dangerfield died peacefully at home on Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Kay was born on April 16, 1936, to Walter and Rose Karcher, and grew up near Zenda, Wis. She attended Zenda Grade School and Walworth High School, where she met the love of her life, Larry. They were married at the Zenda Presbyterian Church on Aug. 3, 1957.
Kay attended Beloit State Teachers College, then taught 5th grade in Fontana until the couple started a family in 1958. In 1961, they moved to Mount Horeb, when Larry took a teaching job at Mount Horeb High School. Kay held down the fort with four little ones while Larry continued teaching and coaching the local teens. She later worked at Hoff’s Store and State Bank of Mount Horeb. In addition to raising a family, this talented woman was a lifelong gardener, cook, and seamstress who constantly volunteered outside the household. She was a Girl Scout Leader, Community Clothes Closet worker, high school musical costume-maker, and a faithful Mount Horeb Evangelical Lutheran Church member. At ELC, she was involved in choir, sewing group, altar guild, women’s circle, gardening, and other committees.
Kay is survived by her husband of 60 years, Larry; and children, Diane, Deb, Michael and Betsy; Michael’s spouse, Maria; and Betsy’s spouse, Dennis Modlin. Kay is the proud grandmother of six, Lena, Blake and Evan Dangerfield, and Adam, Megan and Ryan Milbrath. She is also survived by her brother, Ronald Karcher and his wife, Marian. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brother, Merrill Karcher and his wife, Anne.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at the MOUNT HOREB EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 315 E. Main St., Mount Horeb, with the Rev. John Twiton officiating. Inurnment will be at East Blue Mounds Cemetery. A gathering with family and friends will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the ELLESTAD CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb.
We’ll be forever grateful to Dr. Amanda Preimesberger, Dr. Michael Frontiera and the staff of SSM Health Cancer Care, and Nurse Jessica of Home Health United, for their compassionate care—and to the Agrace HospiceCare team of Ashley, Beth and Leigh, who made our final hours with Mom so respectful, meaningful and peaceful.
We’d also like to express our sincere gratitude to our mom’s kind-hearted friends for their continuous love and support, especially during these past four years.
We have lost our endlessly nurturing, brave, resilient, clever, protective and loving mother.
Our hearts are breaking, Mom.
The depth of our grief reflects the depth of our love.