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NORMAL - Kay LaCasa, 94, formerly of the Blair House in Normal, Clearwater, Fla., and Allen Park, Mich., passed away at 8 a.m. Sunday (June 24, 2007) at Heritage Manor, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, with the Rev. Francis Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be one hour prior to her funeral at the church. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal.

She was born Feb. 18, 1913, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Peter and Marcella Murattori Casadei. She married Jack Walden LaCasa on Aug. 17, 1940. He died in 1977.

Survivors include a sister, Rose Quattro, Novi, Mich.; nieces Dora (William F.) Kelley, Normal; Marjorie (John) Bays, Bloomington; Karen (Dan) Verherke, Petoskey, Mich.; and Kay (Larry) Kajders, Florida; nephews, Jack (Rita) Cunningham, Northville, Mich.; Alan (Fran) Casadei, Michigan; and Roger (Jean) Casadei; great-nephews Bill (Cathi) Kelley, Normal, and Kevin (Kim) Kelly, Hudson; and several great- and great-great nieces and nephews living in Normal, Bloomington, Hudson, Michigan and Florida.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Fred and Joseph Casadei; sisters, Pierina Schuler and Louise Slowik; niece, Marcella Casadei; and nephew, Fred Casadei.

Kay attended Wayne State University in Michigan, the University of Michigan and Detroit Business Institute. A special certificate was issued to her in 1953 and 1954 when Kay taught stenotype at the Henry Ford Community College (Adult Education Division). She also taught shorthand and typing at Hamtramck High School, Detroit Business University and Stenotype Commercial College of Detroit.

Business Education World published an article written by Kay on "How to Grade Typewritten Letters." She received awards in shorthand, typing and stenotype.

Kay was a member of Detroit Association of School Secretaries - Wayne Chapter and Detroit Chapter, the Christian Mother's Guild and the National Business Teacher's Association.

Kay retired from Wayne State University in 1973.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all the staff at Heritage Manor in Normal for the great care, understanding and kindness they showed for our Aunt Kay.

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