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Kathryn T. Schaper 07/07/2013

kathy schaperKathryn T. Schaper
Kathryn T. Schaper, 66, of DeKalb Junction, died, July 7, 2013, at her home. Services will be at a later date.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Ronald Williams, daughter, Carol and her husband Michael Guentherman, Wylie, Texas, son in law, Phil Barton, Schulter, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Matthew Barton, Kylie Guentherman, Ashley Guentherman, and Katy Guentherman. She was predeceased by a daughter Anne Barton. Kathryn was born on January 11, 1947 in Salem, Massachusetts, the daughter of Richard and Kathrine VanWhelle. She graduated from Ewing High School, Ewing, NJ in 1964, she received her bachelor of political science degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and she then attended New York Theological Seminary. Kathy was a teacher’s aide at Hermon DeKalb Central School for over 20 years. She was a member of the DeKalb Historical Association, and CSEA. She loved animals, milking cows, dogs, gardening (plants and flowers), she was a professional knitter, making items for TAUNY, Pickens General Store, and the Cancer Centers.
Contributions can be made to the DeKalb Historical Association and the American Cancer Society.

  1. Michelle skidds
    July 9th, 2013 at 04:44 | #1

    Wow this doesn’t seem real, reading this makes me almost wanna cry. The whole Time you were tutoring me at my house you were fighting for your life, You are the ONLY reason I passed! I know you would be so proud of me. I wish I could see you one last time. I truly miss you. It’s like I can still hear you in my head helping me out, I keep remembering that voice and laugh and the words you would always say when either my brother or I came up to you. I tried texting you to see ow everything was going because I wanted to see you again, but I never did. What happend hurt a lot of us. All I gotta say is the worst parts over now, be happy and spread your wings like a real angel would. 🙂 – you’re student Michelle

  2. Jessica Burgoyne
    July 10th, 2013 at 01:04 | #2

    Kathy was a smart, witty, and incredibly fun woman. The world is a sadder place without her in it. My condolences to Ron and family. She will be missed terribly.

  3. John and Lynetta Bray
    July 10th, 2013 at 10:48 | #3

    Ron, Carol and family — It is with great sadness that I read of the passing of Kathy. She worked right across the hall from me for years so I was witness to the tremendously positive effect she had on those students who were fortunate enough to be under her tutelage. She was a wonderful person and I greatly enjoyed the time spent with her, she will be missed. She was always interested in the welfare of others. I hope you can recall the fond moments at this time.

  4. Debbie Robinson
    July 10th, 2013 at 11:32 | #4

    Sorry to hear the passing of Kathy, she was such a nice lady….her smile and friendliness will be missed at Hermon-DeKalb School. Your family will be in my prayers!

  5. Lisa & Patrick Perry
    July 10th, 2013 at 12:58 | #5

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Kathy was such a great help to my son and many others at Hermon-DeKalb. She was always so helpful and willing to work with the kids to give them the assistance they needed to succeed in their classes. She was always so pleasant and helpful and truly listened to the parent to attain the best path for student success. Kathy will sorely missed in our school and community. Please know you are in our prayers.

  6. Trudy Knowlden
    July 10th, 2013 at 13:30 | #6

    I was fortunate to chat with Kathy just a short time ago as I had not seen her in many years. What a blessing she was to me, even on that day. Kathy had a smile and a spark that was contagious and a great sense of humor! She touched many lives, adults and students alike. She will be missed by many. May your fond memories help to carry you through the difficult days ahead. Sending prayers to the whole family.

  7. Ann Norton
    July 10th, 2013 at 18:21 | #7

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy. I always considered her my “DL friend”. I saw her every morning in the distance learning room for years and years. I was so pleased to finally meet her in person when we had staff development at Hermon-DeKalb CSD. I will miss that smile and laughter.

  8. Polly Sergel
    July 10th, 2013 at 21:54 | #8

    The earth is not our home, it is a testing ground for our soul. Rest in peace dear Kathy. We know where your soul is, you are making the angels smile.

  9. A Miilone
    July 11th, 2013 at 12:21 | #9

    Here is a funny memory..I still remember my first weeks at Hermon Dekalb and meeting Kathy almost everyday for the first few months I was there..she was so interested in my welfare and was so friendly and positive. She stopped in to my room to check up and just say hi. It was six months into the school year before I realized she wasn’t an assistant principal coming to check up on me..just someone being nice and friendly. She helped make my time at HDCS fun.


  10. Carol O’Horo
    July 11th, 2013 at 21:31 | #10

    Kathy was a wonderful person and I am glad that I had the chance to know her. She always had a smile and a kind word for both her co-workers and the students. Many lives were touched by her and she will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family–may their wonderful memories help them through this very difficult time.

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