2017-03-20 / Obituaries

Kathleen A. Schulz

TOPSHAM, MAINE — Kathleen A. Schulz died March 14, 2017 surrounded by family at her home in Topsham following a brief battle with cancer. Known for her strong will, she fought her disease to the end and insisted on being released from the hospital to be at home during her last days.

Kathy was born December 23, 1949 in Portland to Joseph Lynch, Jr. and Marion (Blake) Lynch. She grew up in Falmouth and Portland and graduated from Portland High School. She graduated from Bates College, where she met her husband, David, and later obtained a Master’s Degree from UMPG.

Kathy stayed at home in Readfield and raised four children until they reached school age. She relished attending all of the children’s extra-curricular activities throughout their schooling, often volunteering for events and fundraisers. Kathy was very involved in education in Readfield and Maranacook as a substitute teacher, tutor, Volunteer Coordinator and long time school board member. A state high school debater herself, as Maranacook Speech and Debate Coach, Kathy coached several students to national meets, including her daughters Grace and Liz.

Kathy later headed a statewide AmeriCorps program to improve computer access and literacy across Maine. She also worked for the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board, from which she retired. Kathy most recently served as a volunteer at Mid Coast Hospital gift shop. She also made and sold recycled wool mittens, and quilted and crafted countless keepsakes for her family as gifts.

Kathy had many close friends with whom she kept in touch. She took great interest in her extended family, helping with practical and emotional support whenever she could. Kathy was an ardent advocate for the overlooked, and she unabashedly encouraged everyone to be true to themselves. Known for being fair-minded, she was often looked to by friends and family alike to provide advice. She had a reputation for telling people what they needed while on their path, even if it wasn’t what they wanted to hear.

Kathy grew up Roman Catholic and attended St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop for many years, and All Saints Parish in Brunswick. She gave many hours of volunteer time to church activities. During her short illness, she never questioned where she was going after she passed.

Kathy was pre-deceased by her parents and by daughter Emily.

She is survived by her husband David of 42 years; son Erik and wife Cheri of Scarborough and grandchildren Ethan and Ella; daughter Grace of Ithaca, NY; daughter Liz Hariton and husband Sam of Topsfield, MA and granddaughter Fiona; and son Gregory of Jersey City, NJ. Kathy is also survived by her sister Pam of Flagstaff, AZ; sister Joanne of Brunswick and brother Tom and his wife Vicki of San Marcos, CA and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center Gibson Pavilion and CHANS for their caring support during a difficult time.

Funeral plans will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kathy’s name to the Liver Cancer Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, or on Dana-Farber’s website. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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