Kathy Cassady Schmelzer                   Schmelzer Family

After graduating from CHS in 1963, I attended beauty school in Missouri. In 1964, I met and married Ed Schmelzer. Soon after, Ed was shipped off to VietNam and I settled in Seattle, Washington with his parents and attended beauty school there. Ed returned home in 1965 and we moved to Kirkland. In 1970, our first child, Katy, was born. Two years later, our second daughter, Marika, was born. We then moved to Hawaii in 1979 and Ed managed a truss company. After living in Hawaii for one year, we then moved back to Washington and lived in Pasco for a few years. Another move found us living in Bellevue where Ed bought a retread shop and I answered the phone and etc. We then built a home in Houghton, Washington. During this time, Ed went into the home construction business and we moved to Fall City, a town smaller than Cairo. We built another home there and settled until the kids finished school and married. We semi-retired in 2001 in Olalla, Washington, which is a very quiet, country town and close to Breamerton and Gig Harbor. We have one daughter who lives in Bozeman, Montana and we are only an hour's drive from the other. We are grandparents to one-10 year old granddaughter, Brittany, and one-5 year old grandson, Seth.

In 1980, I started oil painting. I enjoy painting landscapes and flowers and belong to Breamerton Art Guild and South Kitsap Art League. I have taught art in my studio and enjoy meeting new friends.

I keep in contact with June Eppes and Janet Jackson Potts and am looking forward to hearing from other of my CHS classmates.