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Kay  Diederich

Kay Diederich

February 12, 2021

On Friday, February 12, 2021, Kay Diederich, loving wife and mother of six children, died peacefully at home at age 85.

Kay was born on July 11, 1935 in Springfield, Missouri to John Weston and Katheryn (Meyer) Miller. She received her degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She worked briefly as a speech therapist and later as a dental technician fashioning teeth, which she considered an art form. She also raised two daughters and four sons in the Detroit, Michigan area.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Kay was adventurous, sailing with her husband Joe, bicycling, hiking and kayaking with friends in Tahoe, and traveling all over the world. Kay loved music and played viola. She was a founding member of the Troy Community Orchestra in Michigan, played in a quartet for many years, and continued playing with the Carson City Symphony after moving to Nevada. Her friendship and sage counsel were valued and sought-after by many. She was ready to help and mentor anyone who came to her. She had an incredible spirit and determination. She considered Tahoe a slice of heaven and loved her family deeply.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, sister Carolyn Moore and brother, Burke Miller. She is survived by her six children, her eldest daughter, by Karl Diederich, John Diederich, Kurt Diederich, Keith Diederich and by Carol Osterhus. Also, her thirteen grandchildren and her sister, Carol Ebrite.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday February 25, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Burial will follow at St. Paul's North Catholic Cemetery, Bloomer. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer.

Flowers may be sent to Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer. Alternatively, contributions may be made to Alight (www.WeAreALight.org).

Thompson Funeral Home and Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Bloomer is assisting the family.


*UPDATED VISITATION TIMES* Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer.


*UPDATED SERVICE TIMES* Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday February 25, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer, Wisconsin.

Florist Information

Bloomer Floral - (715) 568-5600 - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 12 Noon on Wednesday.


  • Anne Supplee My heart goes out to you all.
    May you find comfort in memories and strength in your faith.
    ~Anne (a friend of Carol's).

    February 24 at 1:31pm

  • Jo-Ann Nicola Kay had a remarkable life. Although I knew her only after I moved to Tahoe, I was always captured by stories about her children. She had great stamina to work outside the home and care for six children at the same time.

    I knew Kay through the Trampers and we also did lots of activities by ourselves as well, such as kayaking for a week in Canada in Bowran Provincial Park. To prepare for that trip we kayaked around Lake Tahoe. Kay was always stronger than me, and encouraged me on when I wanted to quit for the day. She also visited me after I moved to Tetonia, ID where we changed to horseback riding which she hadn't done in decades. When I hadn't tightened the girth on her saddle tight enough, and her saddle rolled down, she got right back up, tightened it up and away we went. Nothing stopped Kay !!

    February 17 at 2:36pm

  • Ann O’Keefe Life will not be the same without Kay. I’m forever grateful for our friendship and adventures.

    February 16 at 9:51pm

  • Kurt Diederich We love you mom!!!!!!

    February 16 at 7:52AM

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