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Catherine (Sturm) Schmidt

Born: Sun., Sep. 21, 1947
Died: Mon., Sep. 21, 2020


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“To have met Cathy is to be a friend of Cathy’s”

Catherine Mary Schmidt passed away at home surrounded by family on September 21 at age 73.  She had battled multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, for the last 8 years of her life.  Fortunately, during most of that battle Cathy enjoyed a full and active life.

Cathy’s life was filled with friendship, joy, and adventure.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, nurturing friendships from childhood and retirement alike.  Cathy and her husband, Rolly, loved traveling and oftentimes arranged vacations to include visits to family and friends.  Even trips to Europe and South America included connecting with old friends.   She recently completed a goal to see all 50 states.  Cathy and Rolly enjoyed camping, hiking, visiting national parks, and other outdoor activities.  She considered living in the Pacific Northwest to be heaven on earth.

Cathy and Rolly kept romance and fun alive by remaining active in square dancing and round dancing for the past 30 years.  When they traveled, they looked for opportunities to dance – lighting up dance floors in such destinations as England, Australia, and Hawaii!

Cathy shared a passion for food and gardening with her mother.  Although summer travel would often interfere with harvest, her garden yield was always plentiful.  And many friends shared in the bounty.  She and her mother shared a motto, “Life’s short, eat dessert first!”  At the hospital, during the late stages of her illness, she still enjoyed the selection of desserts offered to her.

Cathy was an active member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Coquille.  The faith and deep friendships she formed over 45 years at the church were meaningful to her.   The church community was loving and supportive – especially in her final days.

            Cathy graduated from San Jose State University and enjoyed a long career as a substitute teacher.   She used her organization skills in helping Rolly run the Myrtle Point Chevron station for 27 years.

            Cathy is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 52 years, Roland James Schmidt.  She is survived by her brothers: Jack (Sherri) Sturm and Tom Sturm.  She is survived by her children: Christine (Todd) Smith, Eileen (Mike) Frey, and Steve (Courtney) Schmidt and 5 grandchildren.  Cathy is also survived by numerous friends, both young and old, who she considered to be just like family.

            Because of COVID-19, Cathy will have a private mass.  After the main risk of the pandemic has passed, Cathy will have a celebration of life in Coquille with a large gathering of family and friends.   She will be buried adjacent to her parents’ plot in Wausau, Wisconsin, where family and friends can gather to say a final farewell.

            In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either International Myeloma Foundation or Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

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Viki Flynn
   Posted Wed September 23, 2020
Cathy was a long time friend. We went to SJSU together, this was the start of a friendship going for over 50 yrs. Cathy's welcoming presence was very much a part of my family's life. We lived in Myrtle Point for approximately 3 years, and along with another family spent many a weekend together. This is when I learned to play Pinocle! Cathy and the family will always be a part of our family. She never let the illness slow her down.....only at the end. She will be missed by all of us! Sent with love....the Flynn family.

Al and Nancy Walsh
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
It has been our privilege to know Cathy. We are in our late 80s and have derived so much strength just watching her cope with her long illness. Always a smile on her face and a cheery word. Her strtong religious faith was an inspiration to those of us who worshipped with her. May her soul and all the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Skip and Lisa Allen
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
Cathy was a wonderful woman and she leaves a hole in the heart of many. We met Cathy when we joined her church and she and Rol have been invaluable friends ever since. She was always there with a smile and a hug and will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Cathy.

Love, Skip and Lisa Allen

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