Kay Schanus

January 27, 1946 - July 13, 2020

Kay Schanus, age 74, of New Prague, died suddenly at her home on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Kay was born on January 27, 1946 in La Crosse, WI to Arnold and Pat (Corcoran) Forschler.  She attended and graduated from Brownsville Public Schools and went on to attend secretarial school in Winona, MN.  She worked for a short time at the University of Minnesota, then for 32 years as the medical secretary for Dr. Roger Rynda, and finally for 11 years as the friendly face behind the counter for New Prague Marketplace.  She married the love of her life, Daniel J. Schanus, on December 19, 1970 at Le Center.  Kay’s life revolved around her family; her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews were the center of her world.  She loved nothing more than to cuddle the newest baby to enter the family. She enjoyed feeding people and was a consummate cook and baker, who could always be depended on to bring a casserole to someone in need.  A woman of faith, she was active at St. Scholastica Catholic Church and helped with the annual church breakfast.  She enjoyed playing cards and word search puzzles, and knitting.  She was an avid supporter of tractor-pulls and shows and a member of the Upper Midwest Allis Chalmers Club and Scott-Carver Threshers Association.  Kay was a generous, kind, and loving woman and never hesitated to give freely of herself and her possessions;  many were blessed to call her friend and her ready smile and positive outlook will be missed by so many.


Kay is survived by her sons, Daniel (Michelle) Schanus of Willmar, Neil (Lori) Schanus of Cambridge, Scott Schanus of New Prague; grandchildren, Aaron Schanus, Calvin (Jolissa) Schanus, Jaylee Rae Schanus; great-grandchild, Koneko; brother, Richard (Kari) Forschler of Minneapolis; many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Danny on March 27, 2003; her parents.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Mass will be live-streamed on npcatholic.org.  Those attending are strongly encouraged to wear masks.  Burial will follow Mass at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Wounded Warriors or the American Heart Institute.

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James Olson
5 months ago

Sincerest condolences to the Shanus family in the loss of your Mother.

shirley trcka
5 months ago

Kaye and I were very good friends–meeting at Pizza Ranch in New Prague for lunch once or twice a year. We had January birthdays also, exchanging cards, and Kaye usually put my birthday on KCHK. While she worked at Dr. Rynda’s office, she was very kind, friendly and thoughtful. I will miss her so much. May God bless and take care of her family.

Les Fierst
5 months ago

Scott, my deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of loss. Your mother was one of the kindest persons I’ve ever had the privilege to know and I will greatly miss chatting with her on future Saturday mornings at the bakery. May she rest in peace in the company of Jesus.

Dawn F Bonham
5 months ago

Kay was a great cousin and wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you since I cannot be there. Much love

Janeil Dropik
5 months ago

Deepest sympathy to your family. She was always so kind. I always looked forward to seeing her at the Market when I filled up with gas and got coffee because she brightened your day.

Donald & Rose Marie Hauer
5 months ago

Sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was so friendly always, and we would visit whenever we’d meet. Sincere sympathy to all the family.

Chris King
5 months ago

Scott, Daniel & Neil,
We are so sorry to hear about Kay! She was such a sweet lady. When we first moved to New Prague, she was the very first person that greeted us at church and made us feel welcomed! I was just thing about your mom the other day and missed seeing her. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Nick & Chris King and family

Russ and Katie Seurer
5 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Kay was a very friendly person. Always enjoyed talking with her.

Ruth Huber
5 months ago

Got to meet her at Mala Strana. Wonderful spirited lady. May she Rest In Peace.

Barb Tkach
5 months ago

Our Beloved Kay! We will miss her lively spirit and love of life, family and friends. May she rest with the saints. We will remember her with a lit candle and prayer. Memory Eternal! love Barb and all the Tkach’s from Minneapolis.

Myron & Pat Hrabe
5 months ago

Sweet and friendly lady. Always had a smile for everyone! May she Rest In Peace!

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