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Kathleen Anne Schumacher
  • June 05, 1953
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  • November 24, 2016

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Kathleen Anne Schumacher

Born June 5, 1953

Died Nov. 24, 2016

Kathleen Anne Schumacher of Orlando, FL, died peacefully at home following a courageous battle with cancer on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016.  She was surrounded by her family.  Kathleen, best known as Kathy, Freak-Toes, Freak-Toes-Larue , Toes, Crazy Single Cat Woman or  Mama – depending on your relationship with her – was inspirational at home, at work and at play.

Her family cherished her loving and generous spirit.

Her friends reveled in her spontaneity and fun-loving nature.

Co-workers valued her feisty, “get-it-done” attitude.

Along with her family and friends, Kathy loved her feline companions who filled her life with joy – Shelby (still living) Shadow, Tuna Moon and Skylar.

Kathy worked with her father, the Executive Director of AESF as an Exhibit Manager.  She was with the American Electroplaters Surface Finishing Society (AESF) for 19 years.  Following her departure from this organization, Kathy joined the Florida Department of Environmental Protection working as an administrative assistant.

Kathy was a loving mom to Michael Brandon, 25, who continues to reside in her home.

She was a wonderful daughter to John Howard Schumacher, Jr. and Sally Eleanor Boudreau Schumacher who both reside in Orlando, Fl.

Kathy was a supportive sister to Helen Schumacher Donaher and her husband, Kevin of Burlington, Connecticut, Joan Schumacher of Manhattan, New York, John Schumacher of Oakland, California and Dianne Schumacher Zywica of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Sadly, Kathy was predeceased by her brother Lawrence (Larry) Schumacher of Ocoee, Florida.

In addition to her siblings, Kathy has many loved uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Kathy was raised in a strong Catholic family and has maintained a strong Christian faith.

 This amazing woman was celebrated at a small family celebration on Sunday, Nov. 27th.  She will have a private celebration of her life some time in early December.  Interested viewers should contact The Baldwin Cremation services at 407 – 622 – 0000. 


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  1. 31 Mar 2017
    Joanie m schumacher says:
    Dear Kathy...we miss you so much but constantly feel your warmth and gentle strength around always. Your guiding spirit is amazing thank you. Love to you always, Joanie and my furry boys

  2. 31 Mar 2017
    Joanie m schumacher lit a candle:
    Lit since March 31, 2017 at 3:19:54 PM

  3. 26 Mar 2017
    Dianne Schumacher Zywica lit a candle:
    Lit since March 26, 2017 at 3:58:48 PM

  4. 26 Mar 2017
    Dianne Schumacher Zywica says:
    My Dear Oldest Sister and Friend Kathy,
    Never read your obituary until today 3/26/17. Very difficult, but to read all the Tributes to you made it somewhat easier. You were SO loved by not only our close knit family, but all your many friends and colleagues.
    The crystal kitty that you handed to me shortly before you passed away sits on shelf above kitchen sink in addition to a crystal owl Michael gave me. Unfortunately, you passed before you were able to put the crystal squirrel into my hand. Michael will do that in your honor soon. Know how you loved the crystals and will cherish and care for them always.
    You must be there in Heaven being SO proud of Michael. He's back in college and doing so well. I was very afraid he would fall apart after losing you. He's such a smart and strong young man!
    Miss you terribly, but know you're in a better place and not suffering any longer. God Bless You Kath!

  5. 04 Jan 2017
    Stacey says:
    I am not sure your son will read this. But I am always thinking of him and praying for him. Kathy would have wanted us to have a great NEW year. She was so positive and charming. She had the most beautiful eyes, now she is the most beautiful angel. She continued being a inspiration through her illness. She didn't give up! Her body did. I miss you my friend, work isn't the same at the DEP where I was blessed to met you.

  6. 17 Dec 2016
    Frank oshea says:
    I met Kathy when I worked on Epcot in 1982 we were roommates but I went back to CA I never forgot her she was a fun girl . I so wish I had known she was I'll rip beautiful lady .Love Frank

  7. 11 Dec 2016
    Bob Herring says:
    Kathy was a generous and sympathetic friend. She made things easier for us all at AESF.

  8. 06 Dec 2016
    Chris Rossing lit a candle:
    Lit since December 6, 2016 at 12:41:44 AM

  9. 02 Dec 2016
    Lisa Day-Burbaugh says:
    So sad to hear this news. Kathy was such a pleasure to work with and always made me laugh! She was a very kind soul. My condolences to the Schumacher family.

  10. 02 Dec 2016
    Lisa Day-Burbaugh lit a candle:
    Lit since December 2, 2016 at 12:14:40 AM

  11. 01 Dec 2016
    Mary Lawrence lit a candle:
    Lit since December 1, 2016 at 12:18:33 PM

  12. 01 Dec 2016
    Danielle Owens lit a candle:
    Lit since December 1, 2016 at 12:31:58 AM

  13. 30 Nov 2016
    Jackie Gibson says:
    Very sad to hear this. Kathy brought a lot of laughter into this world and will be remembered always for the fun she shared with so many of us. Bet she's already sold exhibit space to St. Peter by now. Rest easy, Kathy.

  14. 30 Nov 2016
    Jackie Gibson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 30, 2016 at 11:17:26 PM

  15. 30 Nov 2016
    dswank1@earthlink.net says:
    So Saddened,
    When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.

  16. 30 Nov 2016
    Debbie Swank lit a candle:
    Lit since November 30, 2016 at 11:32:36 PM

  17. 29 Nov 2016
    Azem Kosovrasti lit a candle:
    Lit since November 29, 2016 at 11:57:02 PM

  18. 29 Nov 2016
    Anne Gaither lit a candle:
    Lit since November 29, 2016 at 11:06:59 AM

  19. 29 Nov 2016
    Anne Gaither says:
    You can see how much love Kathy spread by reading the tributes on this wall. We worked hard but had a lot of fun in the 15 years that we worked together at AESF. My heartfelt condolences to the Schumacher family.

  20. 29 Nov 2016
    Shane Gibbs says:
    Kathy, thank you for your lively spirit. It was an absolute pleasure working with you at DEP. You will definitely be missed. R.I.P.

  21. 29 Nov 2016
    Sylvia Heidemann says:
    Kathy had an indomitable spirit and lived life passionately. Like a red candle, her flame burned brightly.

  22. 29 Nov 2016
    Sylvia Heidemann lit a candle:
    Lit since November 29, 2016 at 11:29:55 AM

  23. 29 Nov 2016
    Tina Richards says:
    Dearest Kathy,
    Your spirit of joy will be deeply missed.

  24. 29 Nov 2016
    Carolyn Schultz lit a candle:
    Lit since November 29, 2016 at 11:49:52 AM

  25. 28 Nov 2016
    Brenda Faulman says:
    Peace to you Kathy!

  26. 28 Nov 2016
    Brenda and Mike Faulman lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:22:18 PM

  27. 28 Nov 2016
    Brenda and Mike Faulman lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:21:43 PM

  28. 28 Nov 2016
    Ted Witt lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:28:25 PM

  29. 28 Nov 2016
    W. Joan Harrison says:
    I am so sorry. Kathy was a very special woman.. It's hard to believe she is gone.

  30. 28 Nov 2016
    W.Joan Harrison lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:56:46 PM

  31. 28 Nov 2016
    Liz Moran says:
    I enjoyed working with Kathy at AESF, and am saddened by her passing. Sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

  32. 28 Nov 2016
    Stacey Gardiner says:
    Kathy was a spitfire.. always smiling and spreading her cheerful spirit. She was truly a amazing person. She could fix anything. She always spoke of her son Michael. She told me a wonderful story about going to work with Michael. She was working the register at his job and accidently took the bait money out of the drawer and the alarm went off. She loved that day and sharing that time with her son. She handled herself with bravery and kept moving forward. Thank you for your free spirit and your passion for people and animals. I will truly miss your smile and your friendship. Heaven is blessed.

  33. 28 Nov 2016
    Trudy Wilkes lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:03:29 PM

  34. 28 Nov 2016
    Audrey Shields says:
    My dear, dear friend - how I will miss you but know you are in a much better place and no longer in any pain. For that I am thankful. I will miss our phone calls and our few visits over the past 13 years. And did we ever have so much fun together for years before that. I will keep an eye out for your "little peanut" for you but I know you will be looking down upon him, your family and friends. Rest now in the arms of Jesus - Bless you my sweet friend - I love you.
    Audrey

  35. 28 Nov 2016
    Lynne lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:21:01 PM

  36. 28 Nov 2016
    Dr. Syed Shabbir A Rizvi says:
    Kathy Schumacher was my dear friend (colleague) of mine and when I was here, not one day would pass on me without seeing her. She was a great inspiration to all of us and in all cases of work, and support, our jobs would not complete without her input. May God give her peace and comfort in eternity as she has started a completely new life in heavens!!

  37. 28 Nov 2016
    TRACY L. AGNER lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2016 at 11:58:02 PM

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