Carolyn (Kay) Minter

Carolyn M. "Kay" Minter, age 76, of Madison, peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, November 1, 2013 at U.W Hospital. She was born April 25, 1937 in Madison the daughter of Edward and Esther Denson. She was married to Robert Minter on May 29, 1963 and he preceded in death. She later married George Thorsen on June 21, 1997.

Kay graduated from Madison Business College as a CPA. She was a corporate manager for many years at Stearns Chemical. Kay was actively involved in bowling. She and Robert started the Junior Bowling Program in DeForest, and also coached. She was Y.A.B.A. officer, M.W.B.A. president, a member and president of 600 Club and was inducted into the Madison Bowling Hall of Fame. She was the Wisconsin Olympic Bowling Coach and bowled in many other leagues up until six months ago.

She was also very involved with her churches; United in Christ Lutheran in Morrisonville and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Georgia. She loved working with, and helping people. She was a Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, was involved in Jail Ministry, was a Gideon officer; recorded books for the blind, tutored dyslexic high school students, was a coordinator for Senior Care and a tax preparer for AARP. Kay loved to sing and was a member of Sweet Adeline's. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her book club. George built up his biceps toting her many books each time they moved! Kay happily traveled one and one half times around the world, setting foot on every continent including the glacier at Mt. McKinley, knee deep in snow.

Surviving Kay are her husband, George Thorsen; daughters, Nancy Kessenich, Sharon (Steve) Pulvermacher, Marlene (Rick) Porter; daughter-in-law, Nancy (nee Manke) Minter; grandchildren, Jason Kessenich, Kristy (Rich) Plier, Julie (Jeff) Pulvermacher, Nicole Pulvermacher, April Pulvermacher, Crystal (Andy) Miller, Adam (Kay) Porter; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; step-children, Nancy (Grant) Geigler, Penny (Tom) Taylor, Holly (Fred) Clark, Matt Thorsen; nine step grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; brother and sisters, Butch (Gerri) Denson, Ruth Strand, Dottie (Bob) Mellenberger, sisters-in-law, Emma Bethke, Marge Millette and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert Minter; son, Don Minter and son-in-law, Richard Kessenich. The family is very grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at U.W. Hospital 3rd floor ICU.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, WINDSOR/DEFOREST CHAPEL, 5701 Lake Road with Rev. T. Brent Walsworth and Rev. Rolf Olson officiating. Burial will follow at United in Christ Cemetery in Morrisonville.

Visitation will be on from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 at the funeral home and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Gideon International or American Diabetes Association. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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