Victoria Marie Kaye

Victoria Marie Kaye

Victoria Marie Kaye, age 81 of Friendship, passed away peacefully Monday January 29, 2024 at Rosebrooke Assisted Living in Adams, WI from a long battle of congestive heart failure. Victoria “Vickie” was born November 6, 1942 to Donald and Florence (Baumel) Jensen, was baptized and confirmed at Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, WI. She grew up in the city of Adams, right across the street of the Adams Grade School and had a great childhood where many memories and friends were made. As a young girl Vickie spent many days at her Grandpa Henry and Grandma Ruth Jensen’s farm in Arkdale. She learned a lot about life and hard work on the farm. Vickie graduated from A-F High School in 1960. In her senior year of high school, while working at the Adams Theater, she met Dennis B. Kaye and the courting began. Vickie and Dennis were married October 15, 1960 at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1961, their first child Lisa was born and shortly after her birth Vickie and Dennis packed up their new family and moved to Fort Smith Arkansas where Dennis served in the US Army. After Dennis had served his time in the Army, they moved back home to good ol’ Adams County. They continued to add to their family over the years with Loren, LeeAnn and Linda. In 1972, they purchased a home in Friendship and continued to raise a family. While the children were young, Vickie stayed home raising the kids, cooking, sewing clothes/quilts, babysitting other children and gardening with her father Donald. She and Donald always had a huge vegetable garden to tend to, which led to lots of canning and pickling at harvest time. Vickie enjoyed every bit of the canning season.

In the mid 70’s, Vickie went to work at the Adams County Memorial Hospital in the laundry department, then as a Nurses Aide. Vickie was the bookkeeper for husband’s masonry business. In 1980, Vickie and Dennis purchased Herb’s Standard Station and Wrecker Service in Friendship. Again, Vickie was the bookkeeper and involved in the daily business of Mill Hill Amoco. A few years later, changes were made to the gas station and Mill Hill Amoco & Cheese was born. This business led to many long days of hard work and created many friendships along the way. Scooping ice cream, making cheese trays, pizzas, soups and creating the original Mill Hill Hummer Sandwich was her life. After a few years, they sold the Mill Hill business. She then went trucking with her husband in a 18-wheeler Peterbilt and traveled across the United States. They both loved being on the road. Vickie went to work part-time as a substitute custodian and cook for the Adams-Friendship School District. She eventually was hired as a full time cook at the middle school. She made wonderful homemade meals and treats for the kids & staff at the school. Being a jokester, telling stories and having fun was Vickie’s nature and this created many friendships with coworkers there.

After her retirement from the School District, you could find Vickie and her husband on the golf course or at a local tavern enjoying time with friends. Vickie also loved to work outside in her flower beds and vegetable garden and she had a great love for sewing. She did patching of jeans and made many quilts, western shirts, clothes for family and friends. Vickie was an exceptional seamstress and when COVID hit she went to work sewing masks and surgical bonnets.

After her husband’s passing, Vickie continued to enjoy golfing with friends and traveling with her sister Sonja. The two would be on the go together finding neat historical places, unique sites, rummage sales, thrift stores and even taking painting classes together. They enjoyed traveling to Gulf Shores, Alabama in the winter and had fun together. When the kids and grandkids came home for a visit, you could count on Vickie cooking up some great food and challenging the kids or grandkids to a good game of cards, cribbage or scrabble.

In her later years, you could still find Vickie in the kitchen cooking or canning, sitting at her sewing machine, listening to her classic country music and having a happy hour cocktail of Korbel brandy. Vickie was a very talented, hardworking, fun and loving person. She has instilled these traits in her children, grandchildren and friends. She has made unforgettable memories and will be missed by many.

Victoria was preceded in death by beloved husband, Dennis and their dog Buster; parents: Donald and Florence Jensen; in-laws: Bud and Celia Kaye; son-in-law, Randy Paulson; daughter-in-law, Judy Kaye; son-in-law, Michael Garmon; brother-in-law, Scott McLauglin; sister-in-law, Dona Jensen; and brothers-in-law: Wayne and Garth Kaye.

She is survived by her children: Lisa (Bob Mikrut) Paulson of Friendship, Loren Kaye of Friendship, LeeAnn (Mike Sprangers) Garmon of Manawa, and Linda (Ronald) Yoss of Necedah; grandchildren: Nicholas (Holly Krozeniewski) Garmon, Heather (Christopher) Martin, Kyle Paulson and Kayden (Lorryn McGuire) Yoss; great-grandchildren: Aubrie, William and Colton; sister, Sonja McLaughlin; brother, Donald (Elaine) Jensen; step-grandchildren: Ron (Trisha) Yoss and Jennifer (Nate Brown) Manning; step-great-grandchildren: Kaleb & Nicole, Logan, Austin, Carson, Nolan, Raelynn and Makayla. Along with many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 17th with a visitation starting at 9am, and funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Roseberry’s Funeral Home with Pastor Jill Nowlen presiding. There will be a Happy Hour Luncheon following the service at the VFW in Adams, Wisconsin.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gunderson Memorial Hospital of Friendship, the staff at Rosebrooke Assisted Living of Adams and Heartland Hospice of Stevens Point for the care she received over the past 3 months; and to the many friends for the visits, calls, cards, care and fun times she had with all.

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  1. Cheryl Zaucha says:

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you. Sure will miss those visits with your mom, she was alot of fun.

  2. Cheryl Zaucha says:

    Our thoughts and prayer are with you. Sure will miss those visits with your mom, she was spot of fun.

  3. Denise M Slayton (Gollubske) says:

    Lisa, my heart hurts for you my friend. I too lost my mom this past July 2023 and there is such a sorrow a child has when their momma passes away. I remember your mom fondly when I would spend the night. I remember when you pierced my ears with an ice cube, a sewing needle and a potato and your mom was so cool about it. Take the time you need to grieve but remember your mom as I and others remember her and the happier memories will once again be there for you. Love you my childhood friend and RIP momma Kaye

  4. Marti Sopher says:

    Dear friend Sonja, Thank you for comforting me when I lost my sister and know that you, Vickie and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. She’s now by your side as your guardian angel, always, and you’ll never forget all those years of beautiful memories you shared with her. Hug, Marti

  5. Kathy Carlson says:

    Cousin Vickie touched many lives during her 81 years. I always enjoyed receiving masks that she sewed during COVID.
    Sincere sympathy to all of her family that will miss her so much.

  6. Karen Murphy Rank says:

    Lisa and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always full of life. She will be deeply missed. Sending prayers to all of you

  7. Corinne Allen says:

    Lisa, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a great lady! I have a lot of memories of her, she sure lived life. It’s so hard to loose a mom! Keep all your memories close to heart and know that she will always be with you! God Bless you all.

  8. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    Thank you to everyone for your wonderful messages of love, care and concern, and wonderful memories!!!!!

  9. Andrea LaValle says:

    Beautiful obituary of a life well loved and well lived! Vickie will forever be in your heart Sonja. Deepest condolences to you and Vickie’s entire family. 🙏

  10. Mike and Elaine Berry. says:

    We are very sorry for your loss

  11. Mary Weichert says:

    I will miss Vicki! We were kindred spirits in many ways and oh my!, the shopping trips for quilt fabric and lunch at the Chinese restaurant and the laughs we share at the Quilt club. She gave me many sewing and canning tips and was supportive when needed. She was a friend that will be hard to replace! My love & condolences to all of Vicki’s family.

  12. Dawn Stone says:

    Sincerest sympathy to Vickie’s family & friends.
    She was a great cook with a great memorable laugh.

  13. Mike and Elaine Berry says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Vickie’s family.

  14. Sally Millin says:

    Hugs and kisses to Vicki’s family. What shenanigans we got into. I will always remember her fun loving personality. I was so glad I had a chance to see her that last visit. I will miss her. Heaven just got a little luckier. Rest in peace my friend.

  15. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    We will always remember Vickie’s laugh and true enjoyment of life. She will be missed. Treasure all your wonderful memories.

  16. Sue (Davis) Anderson and Randy Anderson says:

    To Vicki’s family, so sorry for your loss. I remember Vicki from childhood she was always smiling and such fun. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

  17. Deanna says:

    Prayers to the family,sorry to hear about your mom.

  18. Bill & Fran Christofferson says:

    So sorry to hear of Vickie’s passing. What a wonderful life she had. Always had a smile and a funny note to tell. A good friend and neighbor. We always had to stop at the “station” for ice cream when we were home. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

  19. Tom and Jane Bader says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Vickie’s family and praying that the Lord will comfort you.

  20. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    I will miss my sister Vickie so very much!!!!!, many great memories together!!!!! Keeping everyone in my prayers!!!!!!

  21. Sam & Marilyn Baggs says:

    So sad to hear of Vickie’s passing. She was a wonderful, feisty & fun lady. Un predictable & full of life. We will truly miss her. Another classmate from the A-F Class of 1960 has left us. Blessings & sympathy to Vickie’s family.

  22. Lora Harvey Poppele says:

    So truly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. 💔

  23. Sharon Lobenstein says:

    Condolences to Vicki’s family,,,from another old classmate (A-F 1960)
    Sharon (Anderson) Lobenstein and Joe

  24. Mike Bezemek says:

    To the Kaye Family. Sad to hear of your loss. I remember your mom from years ago. May she rest in peace.

  25. Bud and Carol Ann says:

    Our thoughts & prayers to your family.

  26. Michele Jim Falk says:

    There is just not any words to express what a one of a kind person Vicki was. She taught me so many things, from sewing to quilting. The memories of our happy hrs will so be never forgotten she will forever be missed.

  27. Allen J Baumgartner Sr. Family says:

    To Vicki Family, your mother was a great lady ,always friendly with a big smile . I guess your Dad called out th Her. RIP Vicki. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS.

  28. Jim and Mary Ann Pease says:

    To the Kaye family. Sorry to read of Vicki passing. We had a lot of fun with her and Dennis. Those days are gone. Wonderful memories. We currently live in Ogden Utah and will not be able to attend any services or other things. We send our love to the family.

    To the Kaye family. We were sorry to read of Vicki passing. We had a lot of wonderful times with Dennis and her at the golf course and other places.

  29. Pete Brogan says:

    To Sonja, Donnie and family, We’re sorry for your loss. Vickie will missed by many.
    In sympathy,
    Pete & Melinda Brogan

  30. Bob and Kim says:

    May great memories sustain you all during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

  31. Linda and Doug Donley says:

    So sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family

  32. Chuck and Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To Vicki’s family and friends, we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You know that Vicki was a one-of-a-kind person, and she would speak her mind whenever she wanted to. She would always make you smile or laugh whenever you spent any time with her. She will definitely be missed by many. Sending special hug to Loren and Sonya from me (Barb). Sincere condolences to you all.

  33. Mary & Ross Moore says:

    I sure am going to miss Vicki. Many of her quilting friends will miss her too. Ross & I send sincere condolences and prayers to Vicki’s family. She always said like it was. Never beat around the bush. I’m so glad a few of us ladies were able to celebrate her birthday last fall. Many laughs and memories. ❤️ & Hugs.

  34. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    always liked her. heartbreaking for her family, friends & those she loved & loved her. hugs all

  35. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences to the family, great lady never a dull moment when she was around. She will be missed. Hugs to all of you.

  36. Peggy Sleeman says:

    I am so sorry for the family’s loss of Vicki. She was a great, loving and caring person to all who knew her.
    RIP Vicki.

  37. Vicki Marcucci says:

    So very sorry for your families loss, a fun loving person. Haven gained another angel.

  38. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Thinking of Vickie’s family at this sad time. May your memories of good times spent together sustain you in the days ahead.

  39. Denise and Dennis Cochrane SR. says:

    Lisa and family so sorry for the loss of your mom❤️I have so many good memories of staying over night and the ice cream shop. Hugs and prayers for all of you 🙏🏻❤️

  40. LISA GURECKI says:

    Vickie was so great! Worked with her at the school and she was so much fun!
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  41. Karen Buhalog says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We had many fun times together. She was a wonderful lady.

  42. Wendy Ritchie says:

    So sorry for the family loss.

  43. Judith V. Bieri says:

    So sorry to read about your mom my friend for so many years. We had many drinks and laughs over the years and now she is up in heaven with the guys watching over us. God Bless and we will never forget you.

  44. Scott Baumgart says:

    Mankind is at loss. See you later Vicki.

  45. Myrna Diemert says:

    So sorry for Vicki’s passing. She was always such a character.

  46. Laura Hannigan says:

    Sorry for you loss, Vickie was so awesome making hats for my coworkers during covid. We appreciated it deeply, and will hold those hats close to our hearts!

  47. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss

  48. Sheila Romell says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of her. She was a wonderful person and no words can express how much she will be missed by family and friends. I aways got such a kick out of her! She was a great friend to my parents, and I am glad I had the opportunity to know her. Rest in peace, Vicki.

  49. Tammy says:

    I give you my deepest condolences to you, Loren and your family. God bless to all.

  50. Debra Dunn-Ryan says:

    Vicki was one of a kind and always had something smart and funny to say, with a twinkle in her eye. I know she will be missed by her friends. Bless you.

  51. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    SONJA , our Deepest sympathy to you and your family, Donnie and Loren.

  52. Kathy Golden says:

    So sorry for your loss, condolences to all the family.

  53. Billy, Lori & Macy Armstrong says:

    Our sincere condolences to you all. Ms. Vicki was our neighbor for years. She was kind, funny, and always up to something!! We will miss her warmth and friendship. May she be reunited with Dennis, in heaven!

  54. Evie Johnston( York) says:

    To All of Vickies’ Family,
    There isn’t enough words, to describe Vickie. She was a wonderful person, with a personality, that you can always remember.
    My deepest sympathy to all of her family. Praying for the Lord’s Comfort and His Peace.

  55. Michael T. Clark says:

    I ‘m so sorry for your families loss……..

  56. Shanna says:

    I will miss Vicky’s contagious laughs, heartfelt kindness, and genuine personality! Vicky always welcomed me in to sit, visit, and chat! She will be dearly missed. Hugs to Vicky’s family.

  57. Mike n Paula Fenner says:

    So sorry for the family’s loss, Vicki was a great neighbor with a very big heart!!!!
    She will be missed dearly, cherish all of the great memories❤️❤️❤️❤️

  58. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so sorry on your loss Vicki was a very talented sweet lady. RIP

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