Kay (Lael) Paparich, 87, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2013 at the family home in Northport, surrounded by her children.
Kay Paparich was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Valentineâ€™s Day in 1926. Kay was just a youngster when her family moved from North Carolina to Flat Creek. When she was a teenager, her parents, brothers and sister returned to North Carolina, but Kay remained, the victim of love; she had met Louie Paparich. She lived with her Aunt Dora and Uncle Dan Lael and their children became like siblings to her.
Kay and Louie married at Camp Swift, Texas in 1943 and until his death in 2000, enjoyed a wonderful, love- filled marriage of 57 years. They produced six children, who in turn have continued the tradition giving them 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way), and one great-great grandchild. Kay loved to ski and she and Louie spent many happy times at Red Mountain skiing with friends. She was active in her parish as a member of the choir and the Altar Society. With her quilting group, she combined two loves; sewing and visiting. As a 4-H leader, she shared her sewing skills with many young women. She was famous for her irisâ€™ and her bulbs are in gardens around the area.
While Louie got all the credit for the wine making, it was actually Kay who taught Louie the craft. Kay enjoyed music and especially loved to sing. She carried a tune in her heart and on her lips throughout each day and sang at numerous weddings and funerals in the Northport area. In later years, she enjoyed Taco Tuesday at Kukâ€™s and listening to Jim Murphy at the Whitebird. She was a wonderful mother and easily made friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Louie; her daughter, Stephanie; her grand-daugher, Michelle, and her brother Roy.
She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Richard) Asbell, Sharon (Butch) Weber, Jim (Deb) Paparich, Theresa (Tim) Finnigan and Rosemarie (Peter) Kalamarides.
In addition to her children, Kay leaves 13 grandchildren: John Miller, Shawn Coplen, Robert Wickstrom, Vanessa French, Heidi Hannavan, Michael Weber, Sherii Hess, Shannon Bell, Jamie Paparich, Mary Beth Craig, Aaron Finnigan, Dylan Finnigan, and Molly Kalamarides.
Please join in the celebration of her life on Saturday, June 22. The rosary and visitation will begin at noon, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. at the Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Northport.
After the burial at Forest Home Cemetery near Northport, the celebration will continue at the Northport Grange Hall with music, food and other refreshments.
Memorial contributions may be given to either the Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or the Northport Medical Clinic.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.