Kay Iris Elert

April 16, 1938 - September 13, 2023


Obituary For Kay Iris Elert

Columbus – Kay Iris Elert, age 85, passed away on September 13, 2023 at At Home Again Columbus in Columbus, WI. She was born on April 16, 1938 in Friendship of Adams County to Carl and Jessie (Rathbun) Sullivan.

She graduated from East High School in 1956. Kay married Raymond Jerome Elert on October 11, 1958. She worked as a bank teller at Monona Grove State Bank and her favorite part of that job was greeting and seeing customers. They were Elk’s Club members, and both retired early to enjoy life and travel, visiting many Caribbean islands, Hawaii 5 times, and took several cruises. Kay would often share stories of her love for gambling (playing the slots) and being with family and friends. She had a way of lighting up a room whenever she walked in. Her kind-hearted spirit, quick wit, and ability to connect with others was effortless. It was no surprise when someone would recognize her wherever she went as she left a lasting impression with people.

She will be dearly missed and often thought of as we remember the many calls asking how our day was, and every birthday and holiday gathering she made special throughout all the years. She is survived by her son Scott (Ginny) Elert; grandchildren Amber (Nick), Erin (Jimmy), Suzie (Pete), Ryan, Zach (Janelle), Jordan (Kaylie); great grandchildren Kiley, Sophie, Noah, Olivia, Rylee, Dakota, and Jaxtyn; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond and daughter Shelly. She is reunited with parents, brother, sister and in-laws celebrating being all together again.

Our gratitude and appreciation go out to the Agrace Hospice care team professionals who were so kind, compassionate, and supportive. As well as the Columbus Home Again staff for providing her with a nice space to spend her last few months.

Private services will be held at the funeral home.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road


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  • September 25, 2023

    Kay was a long-time friend from when we were residents of Monona, (now residing in Richland County) and who we met through Jim and Ann Elert; she was a gracious, funny, friendly person and a delight to know. She will be truly missed. We feel so privileged to have her as our friend. Our sympathy goes out to all her family.

  • September 15, 2023

    Soooo sorry to the family, We always had fun seeing Kay. Barbara and Rick Baggs-RIP.

  • September 15, 2023

    Scott, Ginny and family, my condolences to you. She was a great lady.

  • September 15, 2023

    Scott and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Lori Thomure Hubbard

  • September 15, 2023

    I'm so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She was a dear friend to my mom at Jefferson Square. Such a lovely lady. Kari (Zwart) Black

  • September 14, 2023

    I am so sorry, she was an awesome lady! She always made me feel welcome. Sending all my love to each of you.


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