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Katherine Slezak

Katherine Slezak
Katherine Slezak

Katherine Slezak, 82, died peacefully at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Aug. 17.

Kay, as she was known to most, was born on Feb. 28, 1924 to Sam and Elizabeth Slezak, the oldest of five children.

 She graduated in 1942 from Valier High School, then went on to nurses’ training and graduated from Bozeman in 1947 as an R.N. In 1951 she moved to Warm Springs where she worked in psy­chiatric nursing, at the Warm Springs State Hospital. Some prior time had been spent working at Mercy Hospital in Chicago and St. Mary’s Hospital in Conrad.

After retiring in 1980, Kay moved to Valier, where she spent her time as a caregiver for her par­ents until they both passed away.

 She loved life and having fun was always on her agenda. While in Valier she was involved in many card groups, church activities and was an active member of the Re­bekahs. She also had a love for the Valier Senior Center where she spent time with friends, always having a smile and often a treat for the group. Her generosity and in­volvement awarded her “Senior Citizen of the Year,” which she was very proud of. Her camera was always ready to catch many smiles at the Senior Center in Valier.

When maintaining a home be­came too much, Kay moved to the Waterford Retirement Center in Butte in July of 1999. While there for about seven years, she involved herself in various activities offered. Again playing cards, attending bingo night, taking short trips in and around Butte, and being in charge of the movies at the Water­ford, kept her very involved. Again Kay’s bright smile and generous heart quickly made for many new friends at the Waterford.

Health issues developed that re­quired Kay to be transferred to the Crest Nursing Home in Butte in early June of this year. Further complications followed, and in August the family moved her to Coeur d’Alene to the Life Care Center, so she could be closer to family. She remained there until the time of her hospitalization and her subsequent death.

A brother, Robert and his wife, Charlene of Coeur d’Alene, plus a sister, Janet of Seattle, survive Katherine. Her brother, Sam, and sister, Susan (Milne) preceded her in death.

Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Mabel Slezak of Cut Bank and a brother-in-law, Robert Milne of Billings.

Kay has several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews that are all going to miss their “Aunt Kay.”

Memorial services will be held in Valier at the Valier Lutheran Church on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. Burial will fol­low at the Valier Cemetery in the family plot.

Memorials may be given to the Montana Diabetes Assn., which Kay strongly supported, or your fa­vorite charity or organization.