DECATUR — Kathryne “Kay” Lee (Baarstad) Hoffland was born on March 21, 1929 in Mahnomen, MN to Archie and Anna (Brekke). At the young age of 5, Kay began taking piano lessons. She played her first recital at age 5 and performing became a part of her life. Kay graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1946. Her love of music continued as she studied piano under Paul J. Christiansen at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and sang in the Concordia Choir. It was there she met Richard Hoffland, It was the beginning of a loving and musical relationship that flourished throughout their many years together. They were married on June 8, 1950 in Detroit Lakes.
Kay and Dick were a team. Kay was at the piano while Dick directed the choir. The first church to benefit from their team was Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IL. Kay also taught junior high music, and they started their family. The team moved to First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Kay taught private piano lessons and continued to accompany. In 1959, the family moved to Decatur, IL. Kay continued to assist Dick at his choral position at Millikin University. Kay eventually became the Assistant Director of Choral Music at Millikin.
Two of Kay’s greatest skills were her ability to sight read and to memorize music. These skills were put to good use as she provided accompaniment for the Paul J. Christiansen Choral Schools and at Mount Carmel in Alexandria, MN. For many years, Kay and Dick directed their own summer music camps at Camp Augustana in Lake Geneva, WI; Joyful Voices in Green Lake, WI; and at Mount Carmel. They retired from Millikin University in 1991 and soon after moved to Fridley, MN. They moved to Mount Carmel in 1999.
Since 2011 Kay was a resident at 7500 York where she directed the Yorke Singers. She spent her last 3 months at Cherry Meadows Hospice Center in Appleton, WI. On April 30, 2018 she was transferred to her heavenly home.
Kay is survived by her children, Rikka Marie (Gordon) Estenson of Rockford, MN, Sonja Lee (Johan) Hinderlie of Edina, MN, Thomas Richard (Sara) Hoffland of Winfield, IL, and Elsa Kay (David) Westmark of Appleton, WI. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Ellingson of Alta Loma, CA; Grandchildren – Jakob (Melissa), Erika (David), Jon (Sarah), Nels (Alissa), Knute (Alison), Jens (Gabriela), Brett, Paul (Katelyn), Kristina (Andrew), Thomas, Timothy, and AnnaMarie; 18 great-grandchildren; and many other family, friends, and colleagues.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Richard; her granddaughter Kirsten Hoffland; her brothers, David Baarstad and Sherman Baarstad; and her sister, Marie Baarstad.
A memorial service celebrating Kay’s life will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Lutheran Church, 11000 Blossom Road in Eden Prairie, MN. Burial will take place in Wisconsin at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria, MN; the Hoffland Scholarship Fund at Millikin University in Decatur, IL; or the Norway House in Minneapolis, MN.