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Kay Sorgenfrei

Luella Kay Sorgenfrei, 74, of St. Paul, died Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Brookefield Park in St. Paul.

Graveside services will be 12 Noon Thursday at the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Pastor Michael Wenig will officiate.

Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Kay was born on July 11, 1946, at Chappell, the daughter of John J. and Doris J. (Richards) Kearney. As a young girl she moved with her family to Kearney where she began her education, later moving to Grand Island, where she was a 1964 graduate of Grand Island Senior.

She was united in marriage to Robert Lewis Sorgenfrei on Feb. 2, 1974, at Grand Island. Over the years, Kay attended cosmetology school, owned Sheer Reflections salon in Grand Island and taught at the cosmetology school in Kearney.

Later in life she worked as a certified nursing and medication aide at the Grand Island Veterans Home. Robert died Jan. 20, 1997, and she continued to work at the Veterans Home until suffering a heart attack in 2004. She then moved to St. Paul, where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Holly. In November 2019, she moved to Brookefield Park, where she lived the rest of her life.

Kay dearly loved her dogs and her grandchildren and watching the ‘Young and the Restless” soap opera and was a huge fan of professional wrestler, Ric Flair.

Kay is survived by her three children and spouses, Michelle Sorgenfrei-Clark and Douglas Clark of Omaha, Bob and Holly Sorgenfrei of St. Paul and Brian Sorgenfrei of St. Paul; eight grandchildren, Schuyler Hemphill, Breanna Hemphill, Michael Hemphill, Alec Hemphill, Quentin Doncheske, Autumn Doncheske, Mykenna Sorgenfrei and Braxton Sorgenfrei; and a brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Ardis Kearney of Clarinda, IA.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Robert Dean Sorgenfrei; and brothers, Dick Kearney and Larry Kearney.

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Michelle, Bob and Brian-I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I remember you kids when you were little....in fact, I use to babysit for you. Your dad actually built my mom and dad's home. I'm glad she had you kids and that you stayed close. I know you will all have good memories of your mom and you have each other and I hope you kids stay close. God bless your mom and, again, I am sorry for your loss.

Michelle M. Callahan May 4 2021 2:34 PM

I remember Kay from our G.I. Senior High days. Blessings to her family.

Roger Eschliman May 3 2021 4:32 PM

Kay, aka grandma has been the biggest blessing in my life. She used to visit my brothers and I while we lived in Plattsmouth, and when shed leave I would cry for days. I always asked her to come live with me because I loved her so much and didnt like how far away she lived. Whenever I was having a bad day or was mad at my mom I would call her and she would always have something to tell me that would make me feel better. She had the biggest heart and shined in her faith in God. She loved Ric Flair and would always call my mom or I when she saw him on TV raving about how hot he was. She was one of the funniest people I know. She could make me laugh until I cried. She beat COVID, broke her hip, got through that, and continued to persevere through what was thrown her way. I know that she is a shining light in heaven with Jesus. I will celebrate and honor her memory forever. You will be dearly missed grandma, but your memory on earth will not be forgotten. She had a strong believe in Angels, and I have no doubt in my mind she is my guardian angel from now until forever.

Breanna Hemphill May 3 2021 10:52 AM