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  • Since music was such an important part of Kay's life. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made in memory of Kay to the Gregory High School Music Program or the Methodist church choir.
  • Gregory High School Music Program
    % The Karl Family
    PO Box 148
    Gregory, SD 57533
  • United Methodist Church Choir
    % The Karl Family
    PO Box 148
    Gregory, SD 57533

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“Remembering all the good times we had in High School. Graduating with the best class of 57 of Gregory High School ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Larry Vavruska - Spearfish, SD

“Kay was a compassionate person -- her smile and kind words were so helpful to me over the years. Now she is enjoying her first Easter worshiping...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: LENA NELSON - KINGSVILLE, MO

“Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories help you through the rough times ahead. God bless...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Al and Jean Pesek - Brighton, OH

“Elmer, sorry for the sudden loss of your best friend. May you find peace in that the whole Karl's family will miss her smile, laughter, and...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl - Pierre, SD

“Elmer: Janice and I are truly sorry to hear of Kay's passing. I met Kay in GHS, and then we were neighbors on Spencer St. when our kids were little...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Bob Williams - Belle Fourche, SD

“So sorry, Elmer and family. So sorry. Frank and Ginny Putz ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Putz - Vermillion, SD

“Your Family is in all of our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss Kay will be missed by many. Deepest Sympathy Your Family at Karl's Yankton ...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Yankton Karl's Store - Yankton, SD

“Dear Elmer & family: We are so sorry to hear of Kay's sudden passing. We have treasured your friendships over the years.Rollie & Di Hohwieler ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm_lMIR8FgU Classy couple dancing to a Classy song ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Richard Papousek - SD

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elmer and family I will always remember Kay's smile and her hospitality. I know she will be missed dearly. God's...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Kevin Guthmiller - Yankton, SD

“short clip of Elmer and Kay at the Oscar Micheaux festival were always good supporters ”
11 of 29 | Posted by: Richard - Colome, SD

“Elmer and Family I was so sorry to hear about Kay's death. I just looked at all the pictures posted and see all the happy times she had with her...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Pat Weston - Oklahoma City, OK

“Elmer and family you have our deepest sympathy on your loss. Kay was always willing to help out with whatever I asked for with the kids when I was...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Dennis and Sherry Povondra - SD

“Elmer & Family so sorry for your loss! ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Jim & Kay Langland - Brookings, SD

“Elmer and family, Barb and I very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lynn and Barb Tilton ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Lynn and Barb Tilton

“Elmer and Family,You folks are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve your incredible loss. It was a shock to hear about Kay's death. She will be...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Ziebarth - Canton, SD

“Karl and family, Sending thoughts and love your way. Kay was a wonderful person who will be missed in our community. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Holly Slade-VanCouwenberghe - UT

“Words are inadequate to express my deep sympathy to you, Elmer and family, in the passing of one so dear. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Strange - Sioux Falls, SD

“Mike, Joni and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prays and thoughts are with you and your families. ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Jim,Jeanne Feeny - St. Cloud, MN

“Elmer and family - so sorry for your loss - Kay was a very special lady and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Kay Nikodym - Omaha, NE

“This precious lady will be missed by so many friends and family. Our friendship began many years ago when we were in Jaycettes. Kay was pregnant...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Kyburz - Gregory, SD

“Dear Karl family, I'm so sorry for your loss of Kay. I had only met her once and she was so nice to me as a new employee here at the Spearfish Karl's...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Riley - Spearfish, SD

“May the memories of this BEAUTIFUL person help you find peace. You and your family are in our prayers. We are so sorry to hear of your loss....Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: David Mutschelknaus and Mary Miller - MN

“Our deepest condolences on the sudden loss of Kay. Thoughts and prayers come your way to all your family. She was a lovely lady, always smiling...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Laura and David Light - St. Cloud, MN

“Elmer and family, Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May the Lord Bless and Keep each of you close and...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“DEAR KAY, WE WILL MISS YOUR SMILING FACE WHEN YOU COME TO SPEARFISH! I OFFER MY PRAYERS TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF LOSS. I AM SO SORRY...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: ZANA R. HARTMAN - SPEARFISH, SD

“Elmer, my blessings to you and your family. Thinking of you all and hoping the memories you all shared will help you to find comfort. (Allan & Wilma...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Rae Gene Larson - Sioux Falls, SD

“I'm am truly sorry about your loss, I didn't know Kay all that well but the times I did see her here at the Spearfish store she was always so sweet...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Jamie - Spearfish, SD - none

“Dear Elmer, Kay was such a special lady. We are glad to have spent time with you and her. We will keep her and your family in memory and prayer. Rich...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Rich Weybrecht - Cleveland, OH


Kay Joyce (Snider) Karl was born on November 8, 1938 to Kenneth and Josephine (Jamison) Snider on a homestead south of Paxton, SD. Kay graduated from Gregory High School in 1957.

On June 1, 1957 Kay was united in marriage to Elmer Karl in Gregory. To this union three children were born—Michael, Cindi, and Sandi. Kay was a lifelong partner in Karl's TV and Appliance with her husband Elmer for the next 57 years.

Kay's greatest joy was family—three children, five grandchildren, two loved as grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends were the light of her life.

Kay and Elmer enjoyed traveling to so many amazing places around the world. She enjoyed reading, playing cards at golf, all things musical and theater, New Orleans jazz, champagne, (and we have to mention shopping—gifts for friends and family!), her beloved birthday group, and "red hat" friends.

Kay passed away unexpectedly on March 23, 2015 at the age of 76.

Kay is survived by her husband of 57 years, Elmer Karl of Gregory, SD; children Michael (Joni) Karl of St. Cloud, MN, and Sandi (Jay) Wernke of Gregory, SD; son-in-law Roger Nikodym of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Matthew (Jessica) Nikodym of St. Cloud, MN, Annie (Dan) Lenihan of Omaha, NE, Adam Nikodym (girlfriend Joni) of Sioux Falls, SD, Abby Karl of Washington, DC, Andrew Karl (fiancé Kelsey) of Dalton, GA; loved as grandchildren Shane and Dane Wernke of Gregory, SD; five great grandchildren Jackson, Derek and Ryan Nikodym, James and Josie Lenihan; foreign exchange daughter Annalie Srath of Sweden; sister Faye Fortuna of Florahome, FL; sister-in-law Dorothy Berger of Winner, SD; Elmer's nephew Ed (Deb) Novotny of Omaha, NE; former brother-in-law Bill (Jo) Hennrich of Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Josephine Snider, in-laws Edward and Mary Karl, daughter Cindi in July 2014, brother-in-law Frank Fortuna, and Elmer's brother Edwin and sister Agnes Novotny.

Since music was such an important part of Kay's life, in lieu of flowers memorial may be given in Kay's memory to the Gregory High School Music Program or the Gregory United Methodist Church Choir.

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Funeral services for Kay Karl of Gregory were held Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Joyful, Joyful." Michael Karl sang "I Will Rise." The United Methodist Choir sang "I Bowed on My Knees" and "Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone."

Scripture readings were given by granddaughter Abby Karl reading John 14:1-5 and grandson Matthew Nikodym reading Proverbs 31:10-31.

Lois Wendell and Shirley Vosika were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Roxi Chocholousek, Karen Stukel, Lois Kruse, and Linda Eklund.

Casket Bearers were Delbert Wendell, Dr. Jerry Fogel, Dr. Don Nemer, Doug Fickbohm, Scott Anshutz, and Chuck Wolkow.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Kay's grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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Life's Path

We walk this earth but once
A short, short time it is.
What good we do along the path
Tells others how we live.

The world is full of blessings
And goodness, gifts from God.
Let's make ours a happy journey
As along life's path we trod.

Let us make the best of the time,
That God has allotted us.
For he has left to us so much
And in him, we place our trust.

--Written by Josephine Snider, Mother of Kay