Kitty Davis (Dolores Ileen Schroeder) 84, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 in Arlington Heights, IL. She was born July 31, 1926 in Salem, SD, and was a 60-year resident of Elgin until she became a long-term care resident for Alzheimer’s at the Lutheran Home or the Aged.
Kitty spent the first years of married life as a devoted mother and homemaker to her husband and three children. All of her time was spent in caring for the family and creating a Christian home, and she did an excellent job of keeping “body and soul” together. Her cadet nurses training during WWII helped her care for and nurture those around her. Her joy of cooking, baking, sewing, decorating, playing piano and organ was not only shared with her household, but she brought that talent to the Sunday school and Vacation Bible School as a teacher and aid through her 60 year membership at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She had a special interest in children and teaching them the bible and the love of Jesus. Kitty was active in Lutheran Church Women’s Club and several weekly Bible groups. Most all of her volunteer time was spent at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin.
As an empty nester, she went to work as an office manager for a local optometrist. Dr. William Harrison, and filled her need to care for others outside the church as a worker at the Pads Shelter for the homeless at the Salvation Army, Elgin, IL. She delivered Meals on Wheels with her husband to the Elgin seniors for the next 25 years. As a team, as Kitty did not drive, she and her husband drove many church members and neighbors to doctor appointments, kidney dialysis sessions, and served at the Soup Kitchen at Holy Trinity for the area homeless.
In 1988, Kitty began studies in the Stephen Ministry Program, and was commissions in 1990. She served as a Stephen Minister and also as a Eucharist Minister at Holy Trinity until 2003.
She is survived by her husband Edward, and her three children, DiAnn Adams, Wendy (Stan) Werner, and Stanley (Mary Anne) Davis. Also surviving are her three grandchildren: Jim (Doreen) Adams, Rich (Aimee) Adams, and Melissa Davis, and one great grandchild Peyton Davis. Also surviving is her sister Joy (George) Feirer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Freda Schroeder, also of Elgin.
The private funeral services were held Tuesday, October 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Elgin, followed by burial at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery.
Donations to the Kitty Davis memorial can be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 Division Street, Elgin, IL 60120.