Kristen Kay (McGinnis) Quade

Kristen Kay (McGinnis) Quade

Kristen Kay (McGinnis) Quade, 61, joined her heavenly Savior on June 2, 2020. Kristen was born in Rockford, Illinois, on October 12, 1958. She spent most of her life in the Midwest and retired to Laramie, Wyoming, in 2016.

Kristen graduated from Warren High School in Warren, Illinois. She received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, and Spanish from the University of Dubuque, Iowa. She returned to UD twice earning a Master’s of Business Administration degree and later working toward a Master’s of Communication degree. She met and married the love of her life, Mitch Quade, at the University on June 14, 1985.

Kris enjoyed several years of employment with newspapers, radio stations, and in various marketing positions, but her true passion was in volunteer work. She led, started, or co-founded many groups. Those nearest and dearest to her heart included Professional Women’s Network of Dubuque, St. Ann’s MOPS group, the Snack and Gab Prayer Group, Called & Gifted discernment groups, many bible study and faith sharing groups, plus the Martha and Mary Women’s Ministry at the St. Paul’s Newman Center.

Kris is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Mitch. She is further survived by three beautiful children, Claire, of Boise, Idaho; Hope, of Laramie, Wyoming; and Ryan August, of Denver, Colorado; sister Jeanette (Ron) White, Machesney Park, Illinois, and brother James Konopa, Dallas, Texas, plus many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by father, Clyde McGinnis, mother, Bernice (Ritter) Williams, beloved stepfather, Gerald Williams, and a niece, Melanie Konopa.

A grave side service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Warren, Illinois, on Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m. with social distancing practices implemented. Following, a celebration of life will be held at the Blue Mound State Park pavilion, Blue Mounds at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the International Endometriosis Association, 8585 N 76th, Milwaukee, WI 53223.

Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Go to to send condolences or to sign the online guestbook.

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