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Kay Frances Greene

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March 11, 1943 - May 28, 2024

Kay Frances Greene, 81, of Hanover, Va. died on May 28, 2024. It happened unexpectedly while visiting Iowa.

Kay was born on March 11, 1943, to John Frank and Florence Louise (Watson) Seuferer in Mason City. Her father was killed in Normandy, France, on July 11, 1944.

She was exceptionally close to her maternal grandparents Carl Francis and Rose (Markl) Watson, spending her early years on their Britt farm, while her mother lived and worked in St. Benedict. Florence remarried to Arnold E. Stuflick, who adopted Kay at age 5. The new family moved to Kanawha, with five siblings for Kay following in fast progression.

Kay graduated from Kanawha High School in 1961. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minn. She moved to Denver, Colo. to work at the currently named National Jewish Hospital in its pediatric residential program. Kay counseled children dying of respiratory illnesses.There she met University of Denver student John Francis Greene, from Niagara Falls, N.Y. They predominantly lived on the East coast, and three children were born before they divorced.

In 1980, she returned with children Heidi, Heather and Sean to the family farm in rural Lu Verne. She was employed by Kossuth County as a home health aide. The department later merged with Community Health at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. Kay retired in 2008, and moved to the Richmond, Va. area to be closer to her daughters in 2009.

Kay was a faithful Roman Catholic, willing to share everything she had with anyone.

As a mom, Kay was kind and compassionate with an overabundance of patience.

“I only ever wanted to be a mother,” she said. And, she was such a good one.

She reveled in being a grandmother. She always kept the grands dressed sharply, provided transportation, and stuffed them with drinks, snacks, KFC and Asian meals. In the past three and a half years, she discovered a new joy, as “Gigi,” or great-grandmother.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Rose Coll, stillborn brother Edward A. Stuflick, aunt Shirley Ann Watson, stillborn granddaughter Ava Frances Greene, nephews Gabriel Ross Clark and Cody J. Stuflick.

She is survived by her children: Heidi (John Warren) Greene Warren, Riverside, Calif., Heather (Malcolm) Lyle, Hanover, Va., and Sean (Brandy) Greene, North Liberty.

Grandchildren: Hillary Kay (Paul) Myers, and Jack, Williamsburg, Va.,  Hope Elizabeth Warren, Williamsburg, Va., Zoë Frances Warren, Riverside, Calif., Zachary David Warren, Algona, Emmett P. Lyle, Hanover, Va., Asher R. and Amelia Kay Greene, North Liberty.

Siblings: David (Vicki) Stuflick, Britt, Lois (Howard) Johnson of Altoona, Garry (Sandra) Stuflick, Algona and Randall (Beth) Stuflick, China Springs, Texas; former husband John (Marilyn) Greene,  Brett Dobbe, Huxley, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish-Saint Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona at 11 a.m.

Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m., with visitation from 9:50–10:50 a.m. prior to Mass.

A luncheon will be served prior to inurnment at Saint Benedict Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Kay’s name to Bishop Garrigan Schools.

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