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Kay Steindorf
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 18, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 6, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Amelia Island, Florida, United States
We are all grateful for the energy and enthusiasm Kay brought to her family, friends, and community.

Kathryn (Kay) Steindorf, age 76, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2014 at the Quality Health facility in Fernandina Beach.

Kay was an artist in all aspects of life.  She loved flowers, plants and nature and brought their beauty into her home and life whenever she could. She enjoyed decorating her home and had a real knack for keeping things fresh, beautiful and inviting. She considered herself a bit of an “earth mother" and strived to be a mentor and helper to all. She was there with a bit of advice or a shoulder to lean on. Kay was very energetic and was active in a lot of social, business and community activities. 

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed the beach, golfing, family time, great food, traveling, making new friends, good conversation and keeping up on current events. She also built a number of collections over the years: Lladro figurines, woven baskets, sea shells, antique hobnail glass, to name a few.

Kay is survived by her husband Roger; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Linda Steindorf and grandchildren Tyler and Virginia Steindorf of Roswell Georgia; daughter and son-in-law Marci and David Martin and grandchildren  Joe, Craig and Sarah Martin of Brussels, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law Arlene (Craig) Custer and her two children, Tim Custer and Kimberly Forsmo.

If you had the privilege of knowing Kay, please take a moment and share a story in the stories tab or picture of your time with her, so that we can all share in the great experiences we had with her. 

A celebration of Kay's life will be held at 4pm, Friday, August 29 at the clubhouse of the Fernandina Beach Golf Club,  2800 Bill Melton Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. 

Kay was a big supporter of Alzheimer’s Research.  In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation to Alzheimer's Research through: http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Marci Martin on 18th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom!  Been thinking about you a lot lately. Dad's keeping up on his golfing. The kids are all working and loving life. I think about you often and have written a few letters to you. I'm sure you enjoyed hearing about how all of us are doing, our dreams and triumphs.  Love you and miss you, Marci"

This tribute was added by Shirley McKain on 18th July 2015

"Happy Birthday Kay!  Remembering all the good times we shared and each week I think of you, as Roger is playing golf on Sundays with us.
Remember you told me I could be The ladies club champion and this year I made it and my thoughts were that you were there helping me.
Miss you my friend!"

This tribute was added by Gloria Hughes on 5th November 2014

"I am so sadden to learn about Kay's passing. I only new her from purchasing her fabulous Gingersnaps cookie jars in 1996-98. Periodically I searched the internet for where I could purchase more only to learn of her passing. For at least 8 years, I scouted various upscale art fairs to no avail. My cookie jar is always the center of attention in my kitchen and I purchased one for my neighbor in 1998 after her bout with cancer. I still need to fulfill a pledge to my favorite realtor to gift her one too! Kay's art brings smiles & the detail so unmatched!  My condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by Sandra Davis on 18th August 2014

"We met Kay and Roger through Jim and Urla at art shows.  We enjoyed going out to dinner with them.  Kay was a wonderful person, very talented with her cookie jars, and with a great sense of humor.  Even though we did not see her often she was on my mind.  I always asked Urla if she had heard from her lately.  I will truly miss her."

This tribute was added by John Pratt on 17th August 2014

"It's been a lot of years (I must have lost you on your move North) but, I will never forget the great times we had while you were living in Markesan.  Roger, Kay was always there to "keep us in Line"...not that we ever needed that!  I am so sorry to hear of Kay's passing.  Roger, Eric & Marci, and families, you have my deepest sympathies!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Ulrikson on 16th August 2014

"I didn't know Kay personally, but I know her wonderful daughter, Marci.  Kay gave me a Great Friend and one I'd call a sister.  What a wonderful  contribution to the world!"

This tribute was added by Ann Draxler on 15th August 2014

"My father, Kurt Hitzemann, owned the store adjoining Kay and Roger's pharmacy in Markesan. I have many childhood memories of playing between the two stores and both Kay and Roger were always friendly and happy. My condolences to you, Roger, Eric, and Marci, and your whole family."

This tribute was added by Charles Plueddeman on 11th August 2014

"Our family had so much fun with Kay and Roger in Markesan, and even as a kid I always considered Kay to be the life of the party, full of energy and ready with a joke or laugh. She was up for anything, from snowmobiling in Yellowstone to canoe camping on the Peshtigo River. When I was 18 and needed a suit, she pulled one off the rack of her store and gave it to me, a very kind gesture. Condolences to Roger, Eric and Marci."

This tribute was added by Caryl Ligler on 11th August 2014

"Kay was one of the "Lucky 13" in high school and will always be remembered as a very funny, crazy, energetic girl.  It is sad to think that our bunch has lost another very dear person.  My sympathy and comfort to all who have had the privilege of knowing her - especially her family. Heaven is a better place.  Caryl Kruse Ligler"

This tribute was added by Lois Winter on 8th August 2014

"Kay touched so many with her zest for life, her willingness to get involved with the Markesan community, her businesss, her kid's school activities,  all accomplished with a great sense of humor and an approach of "Let's get this done".  I'm richer for knowing her and glad to call her my "friend".  You, Roger, Eric and Marci and  families, have memories upon memories of sweetness and love.  May God continue to comfort and Bless you. Lois Winter"

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Eric Steindorf
Roger Steindorf
Marci Martin


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