Kathleen “Kay” Marie Van BuskirkCenecleVAN BUSKIRK

Kathleen “Kay” Marie Van Buskirk, nee Brew, 83, of the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, formerly of Detroit.   Beloved wife of the late Peter S. Van Buskirk.  Beloved mother of Lynn (William) Maher, Lisa Van Buskirk and Laura (Christopher) Patton- Van Buskirk.  Proud grandmother of Meaghan and Nicholas Maher, Stuart, Alex and Luke Patton-Van Buskirk.

Kay was an only child who strongly enjoyed and identified with her Chicago South Shore community and friends growing up.  After graduating from St. Xavier University in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she moved to San Francisco, working as a travel agent.  Here she met and then married Peter Van Buskirk.  They returned to the Midwest and raised their family in the Detroit area.  In the late 80s, Kay pursued a second career and achieved a Master’s in Library Science from Wayne State University, working at the same university afterward. Kay returned to Chicago with her husband in 1991 to enjoy an urban lifestyle, and for the first several years continued working as a librarian at DePaul University.  She and Peter particularly enjoyed Art Shows in Chicagoland, often planning their weekends around attending these.  After Peter passed in 2000, Kay continued to enjoy art shows, and even creating art--typically having something on her easel.

Throughout her life, Kay has always enjoyed her family, proud of all her children, and particularly her grandchildren.  When Meaghan and Nicholas came to Chicago, it was an awaited event, and she richly enjoyed the time.  As Stuart, Alex and Luke came along; Kay continued to be active with her grandchildren.  She could be discovered lying on the floor under a table with them, playing a game.  The stories of her family’s adventures where her first questions.  
In 2011, Kay was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Despite the evolving and ongoing challenges, she remained a very social and engaging woman, delighted by visits from her family and interactions with all she met.  Activities staff would comment on how she was a “favorite.”  She will always be remembered for being social, a lover of the arts, and an admirer of her own family.


 Meeting Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:45 AM at Saint Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo (at Touhy), Chicago for Funeral Mass 10:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org .  Private Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  For further information 773-631-1240 or www.suerth.com.