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Katherine "Kay" Pellett

June 14, 1926 — January 27, 2018

Katherine "Kay" Pellett

Obituary for Katherine "Kay" Ellen Pellett (Maher)

Katherine "Kay" Ellen Pellett, 91, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018, peacefully surrounded by family.

The daughter of Dan and Marie (Watts) Maher, Kay was born June 14, 1926, in Colfax, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm near Mingo, Iowa, and graduated from Mingo High School. Following graduation, she attended Marquette University, and later Drake University, receiving her B.S. Degree in Education.

Kay was united in marriage to Ted M. Pellett on January 19, 1952, in Colfax, Iowa. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she taught catechism for the youth program. Kay also served as a leader for the Eldeen of Pymosa 4H Club, was a member of the 5 Mile Grove Community Club, Treasurer for the YWCA, and a volunteer for the Hospital Auxiliary. Kay found joy in many things; she loved baking pies, planting flowers in the spring, bird watching, and playing bridge with her friends. Many memories were made on trips with her sisters Alisha and Ginny. She loved her summers at the lake and her winters walking the white sandy beaches in Florida. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family; especially winning in dominoes against her grandkids. Kay was blessed by many friendships she made during her time spent at Heritage House.

Kay is survived by her six children, Pamela (Larry) Flaa, Kathy (Jeff) Swinnerton, Mark (Debra) Pellett, Lisa Thibodeau, Suzanne Chandler, and Traci (Dean) Pavletich. In addition, she is survived by 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, sister Alisha (Jerry) Jennings, brother-in-law, Ken Bohney and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Marie Maher, husband, Ted Pellett, sister, Virginia “Ginny” Bohney, brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan (Patricia) Maher and Don (Althea) Maher, and son-in-law, John Chandler.

Visitation with the family present will be held prior to the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic, Iowa.

The committal service will be held in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic is caring for Katherine’s family and her arrangements. Condolences for her family may be left at the website at

Katherine E. Pellett

June 14, 1926 ~ Mingo, Iowa

January 27, 2018 ~ Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of 91 years, 7 months & 13 days

Thursday, February 1, 2018
SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church ~ Atlantic, Iowa

Father Chinna Devaraj

Joe Thibodeau

Deidre Casey

Elsa Casey

Pat McCauley

Family Processional ~ “Ave Verum” by Mozart

Lighting of Candles
“Because You Loved Me” recorded by Celine Dion

Matthew 5:16 ~ In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven ...

Kay’s light will continue to shine through her
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Offertory ~ “Ave Maria”

Communion ~ “Taste and See”

Recessional ~ “Adoration” by Borowski

Christine Thibodeau

“God Made A Farmer’s Wife” ~ recorded by Thomas Wolfe

GIFT BEARERS ~ Granddaughters
Megan Ware
Kari McMartin
Kelsey Swinnerton
Kasey Meneely
Christine Thibodeau
Ami Pavletich
Emma Pavletich
Sarah Pavletich
Elle Chandler

Josh Pellett
Jason Flaa
Michael Flaa
Daniel Thibodeau
Joseph Thibodeau

Atlantic Cemetery ~ Atlantic, Iowa

The family has suggested that memorials may be made to
SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Katherine’s family invites friends & relatives to join them
for lunch in the parish center following the committal service.

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