Then Again

Audrey Juds, a longtime resident of New Berlin, has worked over 25 years covering the city as a reporter, editor and columnist. Contact her at

Kay Jashinsky -- alias Mrs. Santa -- also news reporter, musician, artist, historian

On Sept. 11 a long line of residents said their farewells to one of New Berlin's active promoters.  Kay Jashinsky was a reporter for the former New Berlin Citizen, a painter, and a talented musician.

Most people probably would remember Kay as the lovable Mrs. Santa they have waved to for years as she rode in the New Berlin Christmas parades. 

As an active member of the New Berlin Historical Society, she was honored to receive an American flag from the Veterans of Foreign Wars during the annual presentation five years ago.  Kay had the knack for playing the antique organ in the old Baptist church during special historic programs.  Or she would be pounding the keys on a piano in the parlor of one of the historical homes.  She also worked as a church organist in Waukesha.

Kay and I were close friends for years.  As reporters we shared the responsibility of covering the local activities in the New Berlin Citizen.  It ended up with Kay covering the City Hall meetings, while I concentrated on the school district.  We also subbed for each other when one of us couldn't cover a meeting.  This lasted until the mid-90's when the reporting staff was cut and our assignments took another direction.  

Last fall Kay was promoting the sale of special New Berlin Christmas ornaments. And then Kay and her husband, Jerry, learned she had cancer.  Last month, while she was at LindenGrove Nursing Homne for treatment, I stopped in to see her.  When asking for her room number, I was told that Kay was their most popular resident.  

She passed away peacefully at home Sept. 6, 2012.   

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