Kathryn "Kay"'s Story
Kathryn "Kay" Lenz was born July 1, 1918, in Point Washington, Wisconsin, to Michael and Anna Lenz. Kathryn grew up in Cudahy, Wisconsin and did her academic studies at the University of Wisconsin and her music studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where she received a bachelor of music in piano and studied under many notable pianists, including Florence Betrey Kelley, whose most notable student was Liberace.
She became a faculty member of the Wisconsin College of Music and the Holy Assumption Schools of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kathryn was a former officer in the "Music Teachers National Association" of both Wisconsin and Oklahoma, a member of the "National Guild of Piano Teachers" and past president of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota National Music Fraternity.
She enlisted and served in Wisconsin's first W-A-V-E-S (Women's Auxiliary Voluntary Emergency Service) in 1942 during World War II.
Kathryn moved to McAlester with her sister, Genevieve, and mother, Anna, where she was a well-known and dedicated piano teacher in McAlester for many years.
Kathryn passed on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in McAlester.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Anna Lenz, of Cudahy, Wisconsin; sisters, Genevieve Kroger (Lenz), of McAlester, and Lucille Unger (Lenz), of Anaheim, California, and cousin, Georgiann Sorenson (Hughes-Tewes), of Wisconsin.
She is survived by her second cousin, Fran Hughes-Latzke, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
A memorial graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester, with the Rev. Leonard Higgins of St. John's Catholic Church officiating.
Memorials should be directed to Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory of McAlester.
Published on February 19, 2017