January 4, 2021

Kay E. Kohl

November 3, 1937 – January 2, 2021

Kay E. (Weidenhaft) Kohl, 83, passed away Jan. 2, 2021 at her home in Lincoln, surrounded by her family and caregivers.  She was born Nov. 3, 1937 in Fairbury, NE to Art & Irene (Renken) Weidenhaft.  She married the love of her life Jerry Kohl on June 16, 1957 and they celebrated 63 years together.

Kay loved to garden, paint, quilt and go to garage sales.  She was a free-spirited soul who gently loved everybody.

She is survived by her husband Jerry Kohl; Daughters Lori (Bob) Lamer, Julie (Boyd) Batterman; Son Jeff (Larry) Kohl; Sister Jeanette (Ray) Hinks.  Kay had 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 6th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. When attending services please abide by local and CDC covid-19 guidelines. The service may be viewed by the following live-stream link:

Memorials to family for a charitable donation made in Kay’s memory at a later date.


  1. On behalf of all “The Thayer First Cousins and their families”, we want to express our deep sorrow and extend our sympathy at the loss of our dear Kay. She joined the “extended” Thayer family on June 16, 1957 when she married Jerry, whose mother was V. Genevieve (Thayer) Kohl, the daughter of Lovell & Alma Thayer. As the daughter-in-law to Jerome & Gen Kohl, and having been grafted into the Thayer family as a “First Cousin”, Kay was a wonderful member of our huge extended family. These last several years have been punctuated by difficult health issues and our hearts went out to Kay & Jerry anytime we received news of these hardships. Kay was such a loving mother and confidant with an understanding soul and wisdom. Her first responsibility was always to her family, which she loved, was extremely devoted to, and sacrificed so much for throughout her life. She was the “life blood” to the business she and Jerry ran for so many years in Lincoln, and was no stranger to working long hours. Everyone in the extended Thayer family was proud and excited for Kay & Jerry’s business. She was so well known in the community and loved by all. Kay will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her, but especially by Jerry, her children and grandchildren. Our circle of cousins has become so much less because of her absence. Our hopes and prayers are for our extended family to be joined together in eternity, with Kay and those who have gone before, praising God and giving Him the glory as our Lord and Savior.

  2. Julie, Lori, and Jerry….I was sorry to read about Kay in today’s paper. She was a wonderful lady, and she has a wonderful family. You were all wonderful advocates for her, which I witnessed when I was at The Woodlands. Good thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  3. Our sympathies to the family, and may you experience God’s comfort.

  4. Julie, Jerry, Lori, Jeff, and Families,
    During this time of sorrow, may the gentle presence of friends and the caring love of family, help to comfort you all. May your hearts and souls find peace.
    Heaven has added an Angel…
    God Bless your family.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Amy Townsley and Family

  5. I am so sad to hear that Kay has passed. I have such fond, warm memories of her when I would come to clean, her smile and sweet voice made us feel so welcomed each time. She gave my friend an I a
    Craft that she had made and I have it displayed very proudly in my craft room. She also gave me a beautiful scarf that she made and I wear it quite often.
    Jerry , please know that I am thinking about you and your family at this difficult time.

  6. Jerry, I extend my sincere sympathy. May good memories sustain you.

  7. Jerry , I was so sorry to hear about Kay. Deirdre and I saw it in the paper and immediately knew it was the Kay we always liked so much and was so much fun as was Jerry!!!!
    Deirdre my daughter even worked at the shop for awhile!!
    My friend Judy and I harassed and teased Jerry when we went to the shop!! He could probably hardly wait till we left! We always had a good fun time.My good friend Judy passed away April 4th 2019. She had cancer. I miss her so much and all the good times that we had together!
    Hello to Lori!! With all my love and sympathy. Rosemary Hunt


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