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Kay Harfst

October 1, 1934 — January 12, 2024

Kay Harfst


Kay Ann Harfst, 89, of Ames formerly of Webster City, died Friday, January 12, 2024, at Northridge Village in Ames. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Webster City.  The family will receive friends and relatives after the service.  The family has chosen Boman Funeral Home ( to care for their needs.


Kay was born on October 1, 1934, to Roy and Lena (Hamlin) Swain on a farm near Soldier, Iowa.  She attended Soldier Community Schools, graduating in 1952, and then attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI), graduating with a degree in Education. She married Kenneth Harfst on June 8, 1958, in Soldier, Iowa.

Both Ken and Kay were educators for many years, starting their careers in Iowa Falls.  Kay was initially a first-grade teacher.  She took a break in the 1960s and early 1970s to raise a family. She later resumed teaching in Webster City once the twins reached Junior High.  In addition to raising three kids less than two years apart, Kay was active with the First Congregational United Church of Christ, singing in the choir for many years.  She was also involved with PEO, the League for Women Voters and Arts R Alive.


Kay’s family include daughter Karin Sehmann (Mick) of Richmond, KY; son Kyle Harfst (Terri) of Mahomet, IL; daughter in-law Becky Harfst of Webster City; grandchildren: Andrew Sehmann (Ashley) of Athens, GA, Brady Harfst (fiancé Sarah Igram)  of Ames, Jenna Sehmann of Nacogdoches, TX; Hannah Koelbl (Joey) of Raleigh, NC; Taylor Krout (Stephen) of Fishers, IN, Maxwell Harfst of Minneapolis, MN, and Nicholas Harfst of Mahomet, IL; great grandson Griffin Koelbl; sisters: Nancy Swain of Omaha, NE, Sandra Tillson of Denver CO, and Kathy Kennedy (Dennis) of Council Bluffs.  She was proceeded in death by her husband Kenneth, son Kent, parents, and three brothers; Larry, Terry and Richard Swain.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1000 Willson Avenue, Webster City, IA  50595

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First Congregational, United Church of Christ

1000 Willson Avenue, Webster City, IA 50595

The family will receive friends and relatives after the service.

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