(Saturday - November 14, 2020) - Kay Lynn Groeneveld was restored to full mobility, dancing with Jesus, on Friday, November 13.

Kay was the first-born daughter of Albert and Joyce (Dixon) Groeneveld, born August 5, 1948. She was a lifelong resident of Kingsford, Michigan = minus a 27-year escapade while living in and near Boulder, Colorado.

Kay was an excellent student, obtaining a degree in special education from NMU after graduating with the KHS class of 1966. Realizing teaching was not her lifelong dream, Kay packed up her brand new 1973 Mustang fastback and headed for Colorado, much to her father's dismay. There, she wore many and varied hats.

Among them were General Manager and CFO of the Coors International Bicycle Classic, what was to become the biggest international bike race in the USA. The race grew to be the 4th biggest in the world, carried on CBS and ESPN. The race had a million spectators gather annually from its start in San Francisco coursing through four states ending in Colorado, hosting top Olympic amateur and pros in the world. Kay was responsible for growing merchandise sales of the event to $1.5 million, in 1980's money, topping many franchise league teams at the time.

Her travels for the Classic took her to annual bike shows in New York City and Los Angeles, and to gatherings in Europe. Kay managed 300 race staff during the event and 17 year-round employees of the event production company. One of her highlights was managing race staff logistics for a special race start on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kay also worked on projects for famed scientist and chimpanzee observer Dr. Jane Goodall, including a noted fundraiser in Los Angeles, with Michael Jackson and Jack Lemmon as chairs.

After 27 years, she returned to be with her family in Kingsford, back to teaching, while creating close friendships with coworkers at Florence County Schools.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, brother Billy, nephew Jordan, and dear friend Betty Massa. She leaves behind brothers George (Shelley), Jan (Melanie), and sister Joy (Larry) Nasi. Having no children, Auntie Kay claimed her nieces and nephews as her own, including Erich (Syvannah) Groeneveld, Andria (Ben) Halaas, Christopher (Kristen) Groeneveld, Justin (Jessica Bal) Groeneveld, Jacob (Britney) Groeneveld, Timmy (Andra) Nasi, Jonny Nasi, EmmaKay (Matt Vincent) Nasi, Lindsay (Hannah) Groeneveld, and Rachel Christensen. She also leaves her grands, Drew, Natalie, and Cole Halaas, Coen Christensen, Madison, Aubrey, and Jackson Groeneveld, Jordan Perry, and Journee Chartier. With Colorado friends, Michael and Rosemary, she remained forever close.

Kay will be remembered as a competent woman of detail who could make things happen, a most wise, loving, and generous aunt, a positive role model in the face of adversity, and a faithful Christian with a vibrant soul. She was a genuine blessing to all.

A memorial service will be held, in better times, with Pastor Paul Strom, of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church officiating.

Condolences to the family of Kay L. Groeneveld may be expressed online at:
www.ernashfuneralhomes.com

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.

 







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