Mary ‘Kay’ Hess
Feb. 16, 1934 — Aug. 7, 2017

Mary ‘Kay’ HessMary 'Kay' Hess, age 83, died peacefully at home Aug.7, 2017, surrounded by her beloved husband and loving family. Kay was born in La Crosse to Blanche (nee Betsinger) and Barney Borseth.

Kay graduated from Aquinas High School in 1952. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, earning the honor of being the first medical technologist to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in that field. She worked at various clinics and hospitals throughout her career, with her last full time employment being at Wisconsin Health Fund in Milwaukee. In addition, she attained licensure as a real estate agent and broker.

She married her beloved husband, John (Jack) Hess, on Feb. 7, 1959, in Tomah. They started a family and had five beautiful children. She was a devoted mother who exposed her children to many wonderful adventures, experiences and much fun.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and enjoyed singing in the choir. She also volunteered her time as a charter member at St. Joe’s Medical Clinic. She had a love for music which inspired her family and she was involved in many community choirs. Her voice will be greatly missed. She was active along with her husband in Marriage Encounter, and was also a life member of the VFW auxiliary.

After her retirement, she and her husband enjoyed many travel experiences around the world. One of Kay’s highlights was shaking the hand of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Another favorite was her experience of being on the Great Wall of China. Kay enjoyed numerous trips to Alaska spending time with her son and family, and cherished the experience of traveling to Medjugorje, Bosnia, with her daughter.

Kay will be survived by her husband of 58 years, John. She is also survived by five children, Kim (Eric) Larson, Kelly Manders, Jamie (Roger) Snyder, Jay Hess, Jordan (Jennie) Hess, and a very special person, Janet Metzger, who became a family member.

The delight of her life was her 16 grandchildren, Eli Manders, Ariel Snyder, Chloe Manders, Noah Snyder, Teala Hess, Daniel Gradinjan, Samuel Gradinjan, Jenson Hess, Joshua Gradinjan, Miles Hess, Mordecai Gradinjan, Spencer Hess, Lily Gradinjan, Zachary Hess, Graham Hess and Israel Hess.

Surviving siblings are Karen (Larry) Powers, Tony (MaryAnne) Borseth, Jerry (Marcia) Borseth and Bruce Borseth.

Kay also leaves many nieces and nephews, extended family, neighbors, and friends. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Caring Place, Vitas Hospice, and ADRC services of Waukesha County.

Visitation will be held at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, on Wednesday, Aug.16, at 11 a.m.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit to view the online obituary or leave condolences. To receive this obituary or directions, text 1746670 to 414-301-6422.