Kathryn Margaret Berens
July 23, 1941 – June 14, 2020
Kathryn (Kay) Berens, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on June 14, 2020 in Parker, Co at the age of 78. She was born in Chicago, IL on July 23, 1941 to the late Rudolph & Rose Kruempelstaedter and graduated from St. Benedict High School.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Ron of Lone Tree, CO, her 3 daughters Christine Berens (Rod Ault) of Castle Pines, CO, Patti Penk (Tim) of Mountainside, NJ and Rosanne Mizer (Kevin) of Lone Tree, CO, and 3 grandchildren (Ryan Penk, Kirsten & Zachary Lumsden). She is also survived by 2 sisters, Barbara Perrella and RoseMarie Reynolds (Joe), brother-in-law Gary Berens (Mary) along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 3 of her siblings (Dorothy Jaszkowski, James & Thomas Kruempelstaedter).
Coincidentally, Kay and her husband Ron share the same birthday and were also married on that date. They enjoyed celebrating their "anni-birthdays" together on July 23rd each year.
Kay and Ron moved many times over their life together starting in the Chicago area, to the Denver area then back to Chicago area, to Berkeley Heights, NJ to Orange, CA, to Madison, NJ and then to Scottsdale, AZ for the majority of their retirement years. They both loved their time together in Scottsdale. Last year, they relocated to Colorado to be closer to two of their daughters.
While she was still able to do so, Kay enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, dining out, shopping, playing slot machines, clipping coupons and attending Diamondback baseball games. She always enjoyed playing cards with her many friends and family and completing word find games. More recently, she enjoyed playing bingo and watching “her shows” on TLC. She was also always extremely delighted to either see or speak to any of her grandchildren. Kay was a cat person and had an affinity for cats with pink noses.
A small family service (or Celebration of Life) to honor Kay's life and memory will be held at a later date.
Donations in her memory can be sent to the American Heart Association (Please click on the link below to make a memorial contribution)
- American Heart Association
Private family services are being planned for a later date
Kathryn Margaret Berens
June 22, 2020
She was an amazing wife to Uncle Ron; an incredible mother to Christine, Patti (Tim), and Rosanne (Kevin); an exceptional grandmother to Ryan, Kirsten, and Zach; and an aunt who always went above and beyond for Shaun and I, as well as her other nieces and nephews (born of the people blessed to call her their sister or sister-in-law).
There’s a lot I’ll remember about Aunt Kay, but I’d like to zero on two things, one general and one specific. The first thing was her infectious laugh. It was unmistakable. If I was standing in a crowd of people, all making various sounds, and she was there, laughing, I’d be able to pick her out with just my ears. I hear that laugh in Christine, Patti and Rosanne, and clearly, they got it from their Mom. It’s a laugh that brings such joy and happiness, especially when combined with a good story (which Aunt Kay had many of).
The second, more specific, thing that I will most remember was the trip I took to New Jersey by myself when I was 10 years old. Because Uncle Ron and Christine were at work all day, and Patti and Tim lived a short distance away, I spent a majority of my 16 days there with Aunt Kay. We’d go grocery shopping, go to the park, and play tennis. She took me to the library just about every day. Though there were days when I got to do the BIG stuff (like the Circle Line cruise around Manhattan, “Cats” on Broadway, going to the top of the World Trade Center, and attending a rooftop party to watch the July 4th fireworks commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty), the days that stick out the most in my mind are the ones where Aunt Kay and I had our daily “routine.” I was actually homesick at the start of the trip, but it was these “routines” that helped me get over it pretty quickly. It was because of Aunt Kay’s kindness, compassion and simple generosity that made that trip so memorable for me, and why I remember it so well almost 34 years later.