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Kelly Lauren Enstrom

August 14, 1983September 20, 2020
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Kelly Lauren Enstrom, a woman who always relished a fast sailboat ride, has journeyed over the horizon. She passed away September 20, 2020 holding her parents’ hands at the University of Iowa Hospital. She had two favorite places – one was Iowa City, her home for four years as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band, enjoying football, family, and friends. Her best Saturdays were legendary tailgate gatherings. Her other was Door County, Wisconsin for sailing adventures at the helm of the family sailboat Valkyrie, criss-crossing the beautiful waters of Green Bay.

Blessed with good intellect, great curiosity, and an impeccable memory, Kelly was a force to be reckoned with. At an early age, it was evident she had “the knack” for analyzing, understanding, and assembling mechanical things. A fine cook, and a graduate of The Science of Cooking course from Harvard, she often treated others to wonderful meals. Kelly enjoyed creating amazing parties, hosting many showers for cousins, and was well known for her creative cocktails.

Some of her joys were making music with friends, especially the ukulele group, reunions with friends filled with favorite movie quotes, and debating politics and current affairs. She was equally happy behind a good book or solving difficult puzzles. There were many causes that Kelly felt strongly about, evidenced by her volunteer activities for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon children’s cancer fundraiser, Society of Women Engineers, Dress for Success, and the John Deere Salary Club.

Her love for adventure took her across Europe, on safari in Africa, and sailing the Caribbean. Kelly’s greatest joy came from friends and family.

Kelly graduated from Pleasant Valley High School and received a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. She began her career at John Deere in the Engineering Development Program and later worked at the John Deere Harvester Works as both a Quality and Manufacturing engineer. She resided in Le Claire, Iowa.

We thank her for her laughter, irrepressible love for new experiences, great conversations, friendship and love.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Les & Helen Enstrom, Bernie & Loretta Ercius, and Uncle Paul Ercius.

Kelly is survived by her parents: Ken & Cathy Enstrom; Aunts/Uncles: Keith (Ellen) Enstrom, Mark (Robin) Enstrom, Mark (Kay) Ercius, Carol (Tom) Meyer; Cousins: Katie (Rick) Ehrke, Erica (Matt) Johnson, Kendra (Yasha) Avshalumov, Amber (Elliot) Galey, Megan (Curtis) Newman, Kyle (Emily) Enstrom, Derek (Melinda) Enstrom, Peter (Kim) Ercius, Anna (Brett) Warner, Krista Ercius, Jessica Ercius, and Steve Ercius.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Hawkeye Marching Band Development Fund or UI Dance Marathon Fund in memory of Kelly Enstrom. Please indicate which fund you would like the donation to be directed to. Please send donations to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Attn: Gift Accounting, One West Park Road, PO Box 4550, Iowa City IA 52240, or you may go online to www.givetoiowa.org.

A drive through visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, from 4 to 6 PM at the Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807.

A small private funeral service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Friday, September 25 at 10 AM and will be streamed live for viewing by friends and family at the following web address – www.facebook.com/RedeemerBett/ You do not need to create a Facebook account to view the service. Per Kelly’s wish, she will be cremated.

  • FAMILY

  • Ken Enstrom, Father
  • Cathy Enstrom, Mother
  • Keith (Ellen) Enstrom, Aunts/Uncles
  • Mark (Robin) Enstrom, Aunts/Uncles
  • Mark (Kay) Ercius, Aunts/Uncles
  • Carol (Tom) Meyer, Aunts/Uncles
  • Katie (Rick) Ehrke, Cousins
  • Erica (Matt) Johnson, Cousins
  • Kendra (Yasha) Avshalumov, Cousins
  • Amber (Elliot) Galey, Cousins
  • Megan (Curtis) Newman, Cousins
  • Kyle (Emily) Enstrom, Cousins
  • Derek (Melinda) Enstrom, Cousins
  • Peter (Kim) Ercius, Cousins
  • Anna (Brett) Warner, Cousins
  • Krista Ercius, Cousin
  • Jessica Ercius, Cousin
  • Steve Ercius, Cousin
  • She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Les & Helen Enstrom, Bernie & Loretta Ercius, and Uncle Paul Ercius

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  • DONATIONS

  • Hawkeye Marching Band Development Fund or UI Dance Marathon Fund in memory of Kelly Enstrom

Services

  • Visitation, Drive by only

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

Memories

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Elaine Hanford

September 28, 2020

Keeping precious the memory of Kelly. My deepest condolences and prayers to Ken and Cathy and for all in the family.
Elaine

David Henke

September 27, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David & Chris Henke

Paula Raney

September 26, 2020

Mr. & Mrs. Enstrom and family,
Please accept my condolence.
I work at Deere with Kelly and served with her on the Society of Women Engineers Board.
She was hard working and always ready to help .
She will be missed.

Regards Paula Raney

Harlan & Dianne Pedretti

September 25, 2020

Ken and Cathy, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We attended Kelly's memorial service online just now and clearly she was loved and had the support of a wonderful family. Our Friday morning breakfast group remembered Kelly in our prayer this morning. We were pleased when she moved to LeClaire, and she was always very friendly when she attended the many First Fridays at the distillery. We will honor Kelly's wish and "Pray."
With sincere sympathy,
Harlan & Dianne Pedretti

Dianne riessen

September 25, 2020

I am so sorry.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rick and Diane McAnally

September 24, 2020

We are so deeply saddened by Kelly's passing. Kelly really lived her life to the fullest, always being up for anything new and exciting. Her sense of humor was both witty and dry which we really enjoyed. Her caring for others was infectious as she engaged in activities like The Iowa Dance Marathon. Kelly will be missed by so many. Our hearts go out to Cathy and Ken and hope you feel the support of so many friends and family in the times ahead.

Diane and Rick McAnally

Richard and Meredith Bell

September 24, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of this news and send our deepest love and condolences to Cathy, Ken and the entire circle of family and friends. We remember Kelly as a vibrant, caring and intelligent young woman who brought light into our life and clearly the life of everyone she met. We were lucky to have her come visit with us and spend time in NYC with her parents, and remember fondly her sense of humor and determination. Wishing peace to everyone knowing that her memory lives on in all of us.

Zac Prunty

September 24, 2020

Kelly was always such a positive person to work with. She will be forever remembered for her hard work, dedication, and great ability to spread positive friendly attitudes to those she worked with. I always appreciated Kelly’s efforts to get the team together out side of work at least one Friday each month, she coined the title of the “meeting” FAW (Friday After Work). Although, there’s been many times where we would have TAWs just because (yes - that’s tuesdays AND thursdays depending on how stressful the week was for everyone ha!). She will be greatly missed! My sincere condolences to all her direct and extended family.

Rebecca Frana Guthrie

September 24, 2020

To the family to Kelly I send warm thoughts and solace at your loss. Kelly was so sweet and wonderful to work with. I know she will be missed and trust she has seen the face of God and resting in peace with him.

Laura Weihler-Black

September 24, 2020

Robert and I are so sorry for your loss. A donation to UI Dance Marathon Fund has been made in Kelly's name.

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Biography

Kelly Lauren Enstrom, a woman who always relished a fast sailboat ride, has journeyed over the horizon. She passed away September 20, 2020 holding her parents’ hands at the University of Iowa Hospital. She had two favorite places – one was Iowa City, her home for four years as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band, enjoying football, family, and friends. Her best Saturdays were legendary tailgate gatherings. Her other was Door County, Wisconsin for sailing adventures at the helm of the family sailboat Valkyrie, criss-crossing the beautiful waters of Green Bay.

Blessed with good intellect, great curiosity, and an impeccable memory, Kelly was a force to be reckoned with. At an early age, it was evident she had “the knack” for analyzing, understanding, and assembling mechanical things. A fine cook, and a graduate of The Science of Cooking course from Harvard, she often treated others to wonderful meals. Kelly enjoyed creating amazing parties, hosting many showers for cousins, and was well known for her creative cocktails.

Some of her joys were making music with friends, especially the ukulele group, reunions with friends filled with favorite movie quotes, and debating politics and current affairs. She was equally happy behind a good book or solving difficult puzzles. There were many causes that Kelly felt strongly about, evidenced by her volunteer activities for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon children’s cancer fundraiser, Society of Women Engineers, Dress for Success, and the John Deere Salary Club.

Her love for adventure took her across Europe, on safari in Africa, and sailing the Caribbean. Kelly’s greatest joy came from friends and family.

Kelly graduated from Pleasant Valley High School and received a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. She began her career at John Deere in the Engineering Development Program and later worked at the John Deere Harvester Works as both a Quality and Manufacturing engineer. She resided in Le Claire, Iowa.

We thank her for her laughter, irrepressible love for new experiences, great conversations, friendship and love.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Les & Helen Enstrom, Bernie & Loretta Ercius, and Uncle Paul Ercius

Kelly is survived by her parents: Ken & Cathy Enstrom; Aunts/Uncles: Keith (Ellen) Enstrom, Mark (Robin) Enstrom, Mark (Kay) Ercius, Carol (Tom) Meyer; Cousins: Katie (Rick) Ehrke, Erica (Matt) Johnson, Kendra (Yasha) Avshalumov, Amber (Elliot) Galey, Megan (Curtis) Newman, Kyle (Emily) Enstrom, Derek (Melinda) Enstrom, Peter (Kim) Ercius, Anna (Brett) Warner, Krista Ercius, Jessica Ercius, and Steve Ercius.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Hawkeye Marching Band Development Fund or UI Dance Marathon Fund in memory of Kelly Enstrom. Please indicate which fund you would like the donation to be directed to. Please send donations to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Attn: Gift Accounting, One West Park Road, PO Box 4550, Iowa City IA 52240, or you may go online to www.givetoiowa.org.

A drive through visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, from 4 to 6 PM at the Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807.

A small private funeral service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Friday, September 25 at 10 AM and will be streamed live for viewing by friends and family at the following web address – www.facebook.com/RedeemerBett/ You do not need to create a Facebook account to view the service. Per Kelly’s wish, she will be cremated.

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