Kathleen passed away on October 17, 2016 at Glacier View Lodge, Courtenay, BC. Born in Boise, Idaho, USA on April 25, 1928.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Kathleen Marie Schmelzle. Born in Boise, Idaho and raised in Roberts Creek, BC Kay’s parents introduced her to the world of music playing for dances at the local hall in Roberts Creek. Kay learned to play the accordion by ear at a young age. She married twice and raised six of the eleven children with her second husband, Frederick C. Schmelzle. Together they enjoyed playing musical instruments also – guitar, harmonica, accordion. Our home was always filled with country music and polkas. Kay was a devoted homemaker who also enjoyed knitting, puzzles, soap operas and WWF wrestling. Mom’s last four years were spent at Glacier View Lodge. Thank you to the wonderful people who were so kind and loving to our mom, “Kay.” You are angels and we love all of you the way you loved our mom.
Predeceased by (husband) Frederick C. Schmelzle, (son) James M. Schmelzle, (parents) Louie and Glorine Gray.
Survived by Brenda Munroe (Michael), Sand Nash (Ian), Karen Bowker, Sandra Desrosier (Andre), William Schmelzle, Charles Schmelzle, David Schmelzle, Connie Smith, 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great granddaughter.
The interment and a private family gathering will be held on October 29th, 2016.
Please join us in remembering Kay by visiting our memorial at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com.