Kay SchwenkeMemorial Service: 10:00 a.m. January 11, 2010 at Sigourney United Methodist Church
Visitation: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. January 10, 2010 at Sigourney United Methodist Church
Interment: , at Pleasant Grove Cemetery

SIGOURNEY-Kay Lynne Schwenke, age 71, of Sigourney, died Thursday, January 7, 2010, at the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney. Kay was born November 9, 1938, in Ottumwa, to Clarence F. and Lola Marjorie (Morris) Lasley. She grew up in Hedrick graduated from Hedrick High School. Kay then graduated Cum Laude from Parsons College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and received her M.A. from the University of Iowa. On June 21, 1958, she married Ray Karl Schwenke at the Hedrick United Methodist Church. The couple lived in Farson, then moved to Keota in 1964. They then moved to the Sigourney community in 1980. Kay taught at Farson, Keota and English Valleys schools until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of the Sigourney United Methodist Church, Retired Teachers Association and Phi Kappa Phi sorority during her college years. Kay served on the Sigourney Public Library Board and received an Excellence in Education Award from KCRG T.V. in 1997 and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Herbert Hoover Library in 1998. Survivors include three sons: Eric Schwenke and wife Melody of Sigourney, Alex Schwenke and wife Pam of Sigourney and Aaron Schwenke of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren: Bryan, Ryne, Kory, Megan, Colton and Maddie Kaye; one brother: Clarence Dwight Lasley of Molalla, Oregon and one sister: Darlene Gardner and husband Avon of Hedrick. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband: Ray in 2005. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2010, at the Sigourney United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Hembry officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at the church. A memorial fund has been established for the Sigourney Public Library, Hospice of Keokuk County or the Sigourney United Methodist Church. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Kay and her family.