Thursday, February 27, 2003

Obituary: Kay (Benseman) Gotzion - Class of 1958

MADISON - Kay Gotzion, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2003, after a brief illness. She was born on Dec. 4, 1939, to Mary Fox Benseman and George Benseman of Madison. Kay attended Lapham Elementary, graduated from Madison Central High School in 1958, and earned a B.S. in home economics and art from UW-Stout in Menomonie. While at Stout she belonged to Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and continued her friendships at semi-annual gatherings. After college Kay became the first art teacher in the Poynette school system where she remained for five years. On Easter Sunday, April 10, 1966, she married David Gotzion at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madison, and together they had two children, Gregg (Denise) and Amy (Jason) Gotzion-Peterson; and a grandchild, Nicholas Peterson. For the last 26 years, Kay has enjoyed working with all types of children in the Madison Metropolitan School System, 23 of those years at Schenk Elementary. Kay's wit, great sense of humor, and smile were enjoyed by all who knew her and she tried to always find the humorous side of things. Kay loved to cook and entertain and her artistic talents were enjoyed by all who knew her as well as making a warm and comfortable home. Kay is further survived by brother-in-law, Dean (Marion) Gotzion; sister-in-law, Doris (Ted) Payne; several nieces and nephews; her mother-in-law Evelyn Gotzion; and a cousin, Pastor George (Elaine) Qualley of Colorado Springs, Colo. Kay was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Steve Gotzion. Memorial services for Kay will be held at ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2165 Linden Ave., Madison, at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, with the Rev. Pat Siegler officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Kay would like to thank her many friends and relatives who through their kindness and helpfulness made her last few weeks better. Many thanks to HospiceCare, and to Beth and Linda for their help and the staff at Meriter Hospital. Friends are what makes a life and are always there when needed But if I didn't have any, I would have never succeeded. - Amy, 1986 Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsn State Journal on February 27, 2004

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