Kay Arlette Theisen


Kay Arlette Theisen, age 81, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Kay was born in Springville Township, Wisconsin, on November 17, 1940. She was the oldest daughter of seven children born to Francis and Arlene (Elderkin) Babcock.

She lived a happy life full of love and laughter. Kay graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1958. On September 27, 1958, she married the love of her life, Herbert Theisen in Adams. They were married 61 years. The couple made many lasting memories raising six children and enjoying their 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was the best mother and grandmother.

Together, Kay and Herb owned and operated Theisen Lumber and the Corner Pump. When she wasn’t at the Corner Pump or spending time with family, she liked to travel. Kay was also a talented artist who loved to paint. She found great joy in perfecting her craft of painting and sharing her gift with others. Kay also held a special place in her heart for animals. She nurtured every stray animal her children brought home.

Kay will be most remembered for her kindness and unconditional love. She was a good listener and always saw the best in people. She was known for going out of her way to help others without ever expecting anything in return.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herbert Theisen, brother Stephen Babcock, brother and sister-in-law Nick and Carol Babcock, brother David Babcock, grandson Randall Dean Theisen, and daughter-in-law Jane Theisen.

Survivors include her
Son: Randy (Dawn) Theisen of Wisconsin Dells
Son: David Theisen of Adams
Daughter: Nicolette Theisen of Adams
Son: Paul Theisen (Vicki Marcucci) of Wisconsin Dells
Daughter: Dana (Charlie) Johnson of Wisconsin Dells
Son: Neil (Kandy) Theisen of Wisconsin Dells
Grandchildren: Tyler (Crystal) Theisen, Matt Theisen (Amanda Wells), Nickolas Theisen, Brad (Alisha) Theisen, Adam Theisen, Trisha (Matt) Leaf, Ryan Franz, Sara (Josh) Baysinger, Tim (Heather) Baumel, Steve Baumel (Stephanie Bialcik), Lacey Theisen, John (Jessica) Rybaski, Josh Rybaski, Elizabeth (James) Priniski, Ryan Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Sarah Robertson, and Jenah (Bobby) Yacko.
Sisters: Jean (Doug) Hammond of Adams, Wisconsin; Sue (Ken) Bitsky of Friendship, Wisconsin; Nancy Babcock of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.
Sister-in-law: Elaine Babcock
She is further survived by many great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and close friends will be held at the Springville Town Hall, 3143 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2022.  Internment will be held at the Town Line Cemetery immediately after the service.  A luncheon will follow at the Springville Town Hall.

The family would like to thank the staff at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care for their support and compassion.

Memorial contributions will be donated to the Adams-Friendship Educational Foundation and Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care.

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  1. Candis Challoner says:

    Kay was one of the best people I knew, her and herb were my favorite people I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking care of. She made me a rock with a dragonfly on it and drew the tattoo I now have in remembrance of my grandmother.
    Even when I left she always contacted me and kept up with how I was. She was a beautiful soul and I am privileged to have known her.
    She will be missed so much.

    To all her family I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Beverly Haight says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Kay was a wonderful person and I loved getting to know her with much love

  3. Roger and Ellen Chambers says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Kay’s family. She was such an awesome lady.

  4. Judith Allen says:

    We were so sad to hear of Kay’s passing. Sending our deepest sympathy to all her family. We missed her at Liberty, she was always a highlight of our visit with Dad. Her smile and words always comforting. May all your beautiful memories comfort you. She was a blessing. Judy&Dennis

  5. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Theisen family at this sad time. We extend to you our deepest sympathy at the loss of Kay. She was a nice lady.

  6. June Buchanan Stine says:

    Sorry for your loss 💝 My thoughts and prayers are with the Theisen family.

  7. Gordon K. Klaus says:

    Paul and the rest of the Theisen family, sorry for your loss, your mother was a wonderful lady. We shared the exact same birth date. Gordie and Mary Lee

  8. Jodie Woodruff says:

    I’m sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss Nikki. Love, light, and prayers.

  9. Suzanne Theisen (Dave) Gentleman says:

    I’m so sorry for the Theisen family and all of the many relatives. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏❤️ Sending big hugs and love your way. Wish I could have been there to pay my last respects. Kay was a great lady and a sweet Aunt.

  10. Sandy Pheiffer says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother/Grandmother/Sister touched so many lives and was a vital and driving force in the community. She will be missed. Take care of each other and cherish those wonderful memories. Here’s to a long life, well lived. May hosts of holy angels guide her to her rest.

  11. James McMillion says:

    She was an angel. Her smile was worth a million dollars, The world lost a great person, and I for one am sad. Kay I wish I would of told you how much of an impact you had on my life. God Bless you.

  12. Mary & Ross Moire says:

    Our sincere prayers and condolences goes out to Kay’s Family. She was a wonderful, caring person. Now she and Herb our together again with many family members. So sorry to hear of her passing.

  13. Chuck and Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To Kay’s family and friends, We are so sorry for your loss. Kay always had that beautiful smile and a kind word when you would see her. Know that she talked of her family often and with such love. She touched a great many people and will be missed by all those that knew her. Hold all your memories close to your heart. You’re in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  14. jeffrey j rhinehart says:

    jeff rhinehart in deepest sympathy to the entire kay theisen family she we be missed by so many family members

  15. Patti Thompson says:

    Sweet Kay. She had so many talents. A wonderful painter. Full of kindness and so good to everyone. Our sincere sympathies to all the family for their great loss. Ron and Patti Thompson and the Timberlake Homes family

  16. Kim & Bob Bezemek says:

    So many wonderful and precious memories of a life well lived. Our sincere condolences to you all!! Hugs

  17. Sue Klein says:

    So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a wonderful and caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  18. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    Always so nice, friendly & helpful..God bless you all. 🙏

  19. Tom & Darlene Back says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a special person. Our sympathy to the Theisen/Babcock families. May God give you peace & surround you with his enduring love. Sending BIG hugs to Nicki, Dana, Jean, Nan, & Sue. Wish I could give them to you in person, but we didn’t know until Sunday morning. Cherish the memories–we feel fortunate to have participated in some of them. God’s blessings to all.

  20. Diane Elderkin says:

    So sorry for your loss, what a wonderful person Kay was to everyone she meet always that friendly smile. Heaven has another beautiful angel.

  21. Leo & Linda Van Ert says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. We will keep Kay and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Kelli Sleaver says:

    I am so very sorry to the family. I am thinking of you all today with love ❤️💔

  23. Nicole Moore says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss

  24. Penny Sellhausen says:

    Sending all my love to your family. Sorry for your loss.

  25. Kayla Wangler says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kay’s passing. I know she was a wonderful mother, grandma, sister, friend and so much more. My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ♥️

  26. Kayla says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kay’s passing. I know she was a wonderful mother, grandma, sister, friend and so much more. My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ♥️

  27. Mike Klein says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family. She was truly an amazing, thoughtful and caring person. She will be missed by everyone who’s lives she touched.

  28. Susan (Fusaro) Glinski says:

    Ouch my heart hurts after learning of Kay’s passing. Keep all of those special memories of her tucked away in your heart and she will be with you forever. I was blessed to have known her and was able to share many great times with her and her family. To all of her children and family, I am saying prayers and thinking of you all at this most difficult time 🙏

  29. Bob and Janis Cada says:

    We are sorry for your lossas Kay was an inspiration to her family and friends. May you find comfort in the memories you share.

  30. Lisa Gregory says:

    My deepest condolences to Kay’s family. I loved working with Kay when her & Herb lived at Liberty Village. She was such a kind, thoughtful and loving person. Her & Herb were such a sweet loving couple. I will never forget them. I hope they are together again.
    I had no idea Kay was on hospice. We were friends on Facebook and I wondered why I hadn’t heard from her lately. Prayers for the family during this sad and difficult time. Rip Kay ❤️

  31. Jodi Helgeson and Jim Grabarski says:

    Kay always had a smile for you. A wonderful lady to be sure. Our sympathy to you all.

  32. Janis (Allen) Clark says:

    Dana, Nicki, and the rest of the Theisen Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you all!

  33. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. Penny L Dyke says:

    Kay had such a giving soul n heart she will be missed by alit of people. She us in heaven with the live of her life again .

  35. Judith Bieri says:

    So sorry to read about Kay as we go back many years ago, always the nicest and happy lady, God Bless.

  36. Karen Murphy (Rank) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  37. Linda Rusch says:

    Thoughts and prayers for all the family. Wonderful memories. 🙏💕

  38. Ninita says:

    I’m sorry for your loss she will be deeply missed I loved working with her my heart aches we love you still Kay you will always be in our hearts in the Treuber-Hazard family

  39. Charlene Burian Robb says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Kay’s family as you go thru this difficult time.
    Cherish all your memories! She was a beautiful lady, always smiling.

  40. Mark and Jo Ann Hiller says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Kay was a very sweet lady.

  41. Lois and Herb Babcock says:

    Used to like stopping by and sharing old pictures and reminiscing old times. She will be missed. Our condolences to the family.

  42. Tom Novak says:

    Although I have not seen Kay for many, many years, I remember her well from high school days at good old A-F. She was always an active gal, and would always have a smile for you. Sad to see another member of the class of ’58 passing!

  43. Bill & Chris Baltazar says:

    Deepest sympathy to Paul & Vicki and the Theissen Family.

  44. Lori Ward says:

    So sorry to read about Kay. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  45. Sue (Davis) and Randy Anderson says:

    Kay will be deeply missed. She was a wonderful women with the biggest heart. She always had a smile and hug for me no matter the time that passed from one visit to the next. Keep those wonderful memories close during this difficult time. Hugs to your wonderful family.

  46. Chuck & Clara Keller says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a wonderful friend and will be dearly, dearly missed. Love and hugs to the whole family

  47. Myrna Klaus says:

    Very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. . Kind and nice friend. She will be missed.

  48. Lacey Theisen says:

    Grandma kay was the best grandma I could ever ask for my heart hurts and breaks she taught me so much from the time I was little all the way up until now 💔 she always made me laugh and cry when I need to cry it out she gave me great advice and I will always cherish our times together ❤ she accepted for me and I love our talks and crafts and sleep overs

  49. Shelly Ann Cole says:

    My heart breaks. I will cherish all the time and memories I had with Miss Kay. Love you always. Prayers to the Theisen and Babcock family

  50. Jacqueline Elderkin says:

    Always helpful, always caring, always a friend. Rest in well-earned peace, beloved cousin.

  51. Pat Pietrzak says:

    Wait, I don’t want you gone yet. We have too much more to talk about and reminisce about. We haven’t gone over all the memories of our years of growing up, our families, our history and so much more. Where has the time gone and how did it slip through our hands so quickly. You were truly blessed and truly a blessing to all. Randy, Dave, Nicki, Paul, Dana & Neil, hugs to you all. Also, Jean, Nan and Sue. I know how important she has been in all of your lives and how much you will miss her. Love, Patsy

  52. Sue and Jack Roller says:

    Kay had a way of helping us feel better about things as she did with everyone she touched Those memories seem to be making our loss less painful because we were blessed to have been a part of Kay’s life. Kay and Herb were one of the best things to have happened in many of our lives. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us could touch others like Kay did.

  53. Coy Sawyer says:

    One of the wisest women I’ve ever known. So compassionate, caring, and filled with unconditional love. Every moment I was with her I received wisdom and conviction to be better.
    She reflected Proverbs 31:10-31