Former Resident of Los Altos
July 10, 1937 - July 10, 2020
Kay passed away on Friday, July 10, seconds into her 83rd birthday. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend to many. Kay was born in Decatur, IL to Ralph and Ellen (McGinnis) Bromley. After graduating from Decatur High in 1955, she entered Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO. Kay transferred to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she met her husband, Don Sanservino in 1956 and married August 17, 1957. In addition to being a loving mother to Lisa Marie, Michael Steven, and Julie Kay and grandmother to Ryan and Christa Lanphere, children of Lisa and Michael (Lanphere), she was a devoted wife and partner to Don as they journeyed through life together.
They lived in Chicago suburbs while Don taught and coached, and in 1962 moved to Sommerville, New Jersey when Don went into technology equipment sales. While there, Kay volunteered at Somerset County Hospital and served as Chairman of the Board for the County’s American Heart Association. Living in Buffalo Grove, after being transferred to the Chicago area in 1967, Kay continued her volunteer work at hospitals, schools, and her church. She also continued her education, attending Northeastern Illinois University. In 1971 Don accepted a job at Varian Associates, and the family relocated to Los Altos, California. While the children advanced in school, Kay devoted her energies to the community, including school PTA, Chairman of the Los Altos Christmas Parade, and volunteering at ElCamino Hospital in Mountain View, where she served over 20 years. Kay also enjoyed playing golf, as a child through her 60’s, and was Champion at two different clubs. She contended with a husband traveling world-wide, and on occasion, was able to travel with Don internationally. When Don started new businesses, Kay participated in their beginnings by managing the offices, and overseeing financial matters. Upon retirement, Kay and Don moved to The Villages Golf & Country Club in San Jose, residing there for over 15 years, before settling to Stoneridge Creek in 2013. Kay enjoyed making new friends and cherished her many others from coast to coast.
Due to her determination and fervor for life, Kay was able to overcome obstacles, even health challenges in life, including a successful “whipple surgery” in 2018. Her passion for her family, faith, friends and community remained strong throughout her life, evident in her final conversation with Don, asking him to tell each of her family that she loved them, naming each. With a weakened voice, she then said that she wished she could name our many friends, to tell them she loved them.
Kay will be forever missed, forever remembered, and forever loved!
Services and celebration of Kay’s life will take place after this pandemic allows gatherings.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to a church or charity of your choice.