Katharine J. “Katie” Schultz died in early March 2022, following a heroic battle with addiction and psychological illness. Despite these, she had a deep and abiding enjoy for the marvelous reward of her daughter, Isabella Lillie (Izzy), born in February 2018, now a curious, compassionate exciting loving four year aged.
Right after her beginning in Washington, D.C., in 1980, Katie lived her early yrs in Bethesda. Among other achievements, there she was proclaimed the swiftest female in operating contests in 1st quality at Bethesda Elementary.
Her enthusiasm for cooking commenced at age 3 when she requested only for “ingredients” for Christmas. It ongoing in the course of her lifestyle. She attended L’Academie Cuisine in Bethesda as an 8 12 months aged, signing up for lessons of fellow college student grownups in French cooking. At 14, she took cake decorating classes in Mount Enjoyable, Md. right after the family moved from Bethesda to Jefferson, Md.
She also had a fantastic appreciate for animals, in particular canines, and managed Molly’s (her Labrador Retriever’s) 3 litters totaling 31 puppies, finding great properties for all but one who was traded for Jake, a big blond male Lab who turned a companion and mate to Molly and the rest of the relatives. She also had cats and kittens (a litter born in a dresser drawer), a rabbit and two ferrets, Slender and Tina among the her menagerie.
Discovering about this thing termed “homeschooling,” Katie persuaded her mom and dad to let her “homeschool” following quality 6 of general public faculty. She enrolled in the beginning in the Calvert University with specified curriculum and remote trainer supervision and subsequent joined the Understanding Neighborhood, a homeschooling or unschooling network guided by a student’s passions from which she graduated in 1997. Katie volunteered at the Frederick County Humane Modern society as a element of her “unschooling.” She worked with clay underneath the supervision of our pal and neighbor, the potter at Catoctin Pottery. Katie analyzed at Frederick Local community School prior to shifting to Boulder, Colo. with a mate and attending the Culinary Arts Institute of American in Denver, Colo. for a year. In Boulder, she bought her dog Sammy, a mixed Lab and Golden Retriever, her closest companion.
Her get the job done heritage revolved all over cooking starting in the kitchen at the Orchard in Frederick, Md., relocating to Cafe Nola’s just up the block in which she was head chef and afterwards Venuti’s. She was hired by the Common Sector as it opened its new retailer on Buckeystown Pike in 2006 in which she produced recipes, supervised the cafe team and set up the store’s displays of well prepared foodstuff. Katie was a candidate for the cable television cooking show, Hell’s Kitchen area. She handed the job interview round in New York Metropolis and was flown to Los Angeles, Calif. for the final variety spherical. She later on was employed by the Clagett Episcopal Retreat Middle in Buckeystown, Md., where by she obtained a standing ovation from retreatants for the high quality transformation of its meals.
Katie struggled with psychological overall health problems starting in early elementary a long time and throughout her life. She was launched to medications when she started out working at 16, self medicating to tackle her social anxiousness and loneliness. She battled addiction for 25 a long time, winning skirmishes with the terrible health issues. She participated in a lot of outpatient treatment method programs and much more than ten inpatient stays. In current months, she typically repeated, “Mom, I would trade dependancy for any other disease. I wouldn’t would like it on my worst enemy. Give me cancer or cerebral palsy or everything else?!” She had attempted suicide and experienced several overdoses. She described to her dad at his bedside in his final times (with issue that he feared death) that dying is properly tranquil and full of light-weight.
Katie and Izzy moved to Shepherdstown in March 2019 to be close to relatives. She began do the job at the Sweet Shoppe in July 2019 and ongoing there until eventually mid-Oct 2021. Katie cherished remaining Izzy’s mom, taking part in with her and training her how to cook, among the other factors.
Katie was a generous soul. As a 7 yr outdated, she built lunches for homeless folks and distributed them at Dupont Circle following our church attendance at the Church of the Savior close by. And each time everyone questioned – or normally when they did not request – she was eager to give them some enable.
Katie was an artist with food, a devoted mother, a generous soul. She will be sorely missed. Could she dwell in the Gentle.
In lieu of bouquets, those people who desire can add to Izzy’s school discounts that Katie began, nursery college fall tuition, or other distinct desires. Contributions can be designed by look at payable to Kay Schultz (with Izzy’s identify in the memo line) and mailed to 78 Shepherd Village Circle, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.