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Kayleen Haselhorst

August 28, 1950 — November 26, 2023


Kayleen Haselhorst

Kayleen Haselhorst, lovingly known as Kay, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2023, at Redbud Village, Plainville, KS.  She was born on August 28, 1950, in Damar, Kansas to her loving parents, Albert and Rosa Hamel.  Kay was surrounded by her family and priest in her final moments.

Throughout her life, Kay found joy in various hobbies and interests. She loved spending time playing Bingo, exploring auctions, indulging in home shopping adventures, and taking the time to primp and look her best. These activities brought her immense happiness and allowed her to connect with others who shared similar passions.

Kay leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories. She is survived by her Life Partner, Danny Lamb.  The two fell in love and worked and lived side by side for over 40 years.  Danny stood alongside her in thick and thin and their bond was one filled with deep affection and unwavering support.  

Kay was mother to Wendy Porembski and Dallas Haselhorst. She spoke of her children often and was proud of their successes.  She loved them endlessly and treasured every moment spent with them.  She leaves this world knowing that her love was special and that she deserved to be cherished.

She leaves behind six granddaughters: Lauren Benjamin, Carly Benjamin, Gianna Haselhorst, Aria Haselhorst, Ellia Haselhorst, and Ayla Haselhorst.  She would have loved more time with them all.  In her final months, she would constantly ask to look at pictures of them and want to talk for hours about the details of their lives and what they enjoyed doing.  She described her trips to radiation with Lauren as the thing that made her happiest.

Kay was the youngest of eight children raised on the family farm.  Her siblings: Albert Jr. Hamel and wife Rosie who are both deceased, Betty McNabb who is deceased, Gene Hamel who died just at a year ago and his wife Avis, Tina Bobek and her husband Bill who is deceased, Alvin Hamel, Ron Hamel and his wife Mary Lou who is deceased, and Dorothy Staab and her husband Bob.  All her siblings were very important to her. Through good times and bad, they remained a loving family, offering unwavering support and strength to one another.  They were her rock and foundation in the last few years as both her and Danny's health declined.

Almost as much as her family, Kay adored her fur babies: Keyma, Cookie, and Kitty; who all preceded her in death.  They brought so much joy and love into her life that she called out for them during her final days.  

The memory of Kayleen Haselhorst will forever remain in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to know her. Her warm smile, kind-hearted nature, and soft heart touched the lives of many. Although she is no longer with us, her legacy will continue to shine brightly through the memories we hold dear.

A Mass celebrating Kay's life will be held on December 9, 2023, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Damar. The service will begin at 10:00 AM to honor her memory. The church is located at 107 Oak Street, Damar, KS 67632, United States.

In these difficult times, let us honor the memory of Kayleen Haselhorst with peace and respect.  May her memory serve as a source of comfort and inspiration and may her soul rest in eternal peace.

Services in care of Keithley Funeral Chapels and Crematory – Brock’s Chapel, 2509 Vine Street Hays, KS 67601.

Memories and words of comfort may be shared with the family on Kay's tribute page at 

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Past Services


Saturday, December 9, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St Joseph Catholic Church - Damar

107 Oak Street, Damar, KS 67632

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