Kathryn A. Welk, 60, of Rockford, passed away July 4, 2019. She was born on May 2, 1959 in Rockford to Richard and Marian (Blomberg) Pringey. Kathryn graduated from East High School in 1977 and from Rock Valley College in 1979. She met Timothy Welk through MYCA the group, (Ministry to Young Christian Adults) and married Timothy on November 23, 1991. Kathryn was employed as a secretary at a law firm and then later as a secretary and telex operator at Sundstrand. She watched children at Bally’s Fitness and Dolphin Swim Club and worked in the nursery. She also ran Mom’s Day Out at Court Street Methodist. Her final jobs were for Lutheran Social Services and then Addus as a caregiver. Kathryn was a member of Court Street United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women locally and an officer for the Rockford district of the Northern Illinois Conference UMW. She enjoyed knitting and book club at Court Street UMC. She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years and a volunteer at Rock House Kids.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy Welk; her children, Ryan Welk and Ashley (John) Cesarek; brothers, Robert (Beverly) Pringey, James (Jan) Pringey, Thomas (Terri) Pringey and John (Diana) Pringey; parents-in-law, William and Diana Welk; brother-in-law, Andrew (Cate) Welk; nieces and nephews, Keri Coberly, Dana (Chris) Thompson, Jodi (Jeff) DiGangi, Holly (Steve) Shearer, Jeff (Becky) Pringey, Tori Pringey, Tim Pringey, Kayla Welk, Lauren Reshel and numerous great nieces and nephews; special friends, Carol Waller and Mary Peebles. Predeceased by her parents, Richard and Marian Pringey and sister-in-law, Doris Welk.
Kathy was a very generous and loving person. Her body has been donated to Gift of Hope and many people will benefit from her gift.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103 with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family.