Kathryn “Kay” Jackson Wildman Schulze

Kathryn “Kay” Jackson Wildman Schulze, 70, of Southbury, passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2012, in the VITAS Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, after a long series of illnesses.

Kay was born on May 7, 1942 in Bridgeport, CT, Pa to Robert and Grace Jackson. The family moved to Shavertown, PA for a couple of years before returning to CT, where Kay graduated from Milford High School (which no longer exists).

She started her own family and moved to Monroe in the early 60’s. She was involved in volunteer activities with the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, Cub Scouts and Fawn Hollow Elementary School.

Kay became an officer of the Monroe Police Department in the 1970’s, worked for Family Bake Shop, as a security guard at Masuk High School and went on to hold leadership positions at Ad Factors in Monroe and Acme United in Fairfield.

Kay remarried, moved to Utica and then Sanborn, NY. Her volunteer activities included EMS, homeless/runaway teens and Books for the Blind. She returned to Southbury, CT in 1996, was employed at CVS and then held leadership positions at Dunkin Donuts and Shaw’s Supermarket.

Books were an important part of Kay’s life, as she was an avid reader – a love she passed on to her children. The Kindle brought her much joy in her later years. Kay loved owls, she amassed a huge collection over the years — and she could still tell you who gave her each one. Music also meant a lot to Kay, she enjoyed everything from big bands, to crooners, to 50’s doo-wop and classic country. Most weekends you could hear the music from two streets away!

Kathryn “Kay” Jackson Wildman Schulze, 70, of Southbury, passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2012, in the VITAS Hospice Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, after a long series of illnesses.

Kay was born on May 7, 1942 in Bridgeport, CT, Pa to Robert and Grace Jackson. The family moved to Shavertown, PA for a couple of years before returning to CT, where Kay graduated from Milford High School (which no longer exists).

She started her own family and moved to Monroe in the early 60’s. She was involved in volunteer activities with the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, Cub Scouts and Fawn Hollow Elementary School.

Kay became an officer of the Monroe Police Department in the 1970’s, worked for Family Bake Shop, as a security guard at Masuk High School and went on to hold leadership positions at Ad Factors in Monroe and Acme United in Fairfield.

Kay remarried, moved to Utica and then Sanborn, NY. Her volunteer activities included EMS, homeless/runaway teens and Books for the Blind. She returned to Southbury, CT in 1996, was employed at CVS and then held leadership positions at Dunkin Donuts and Shaw’s Supermarket.

Books were an important part of Kay’s life, as she was an avid reader – a love she passed on to her children. The Kindle brought her much joy in her later years. Kay loved owls, she amassed a huge collection over the years — and she could still tell you who gave her each one. Music also meant a lot to Kay, she enjoyed everything from big bands, to crooners, to 50’s doo-wop and classic country. Most weekends you could hear the music from two streets away!

Kay is survived by her husband Lawrence Schulze; her children David (Lisa) Wildman of Southbury, CT, Donald (Sarah) Wildman of Mastic, NY, Robynne (Jesse) Wildman Cote of Warwick, RI and Michelle (Matthew) Wildman Bilotta of Waterbury, CT; her grandchildren DJ, David, Amanda, Chet, Cheyenne and Aaron; her siblings Robert Jackson of Douglasville, GA and Jan Jacobus of Hazleton, PA, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends she cherished over the years.

A celebration of her life will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe from 1-3 pm on Saturday December 15, 2012.

Donations in memory of Kay may be made to the Kidney Trust (www.kidneytrust.org) or the New England Paired Kidney Exchange (www.nepke.org).

Kay is survived by her husband Lawrence Schulze; her children David (Lisa) Wildman of Southbury, CT, Donald (Sarah) Wildman of Mastic, NY, Robynne (Jesse) Wildman Cote of Warwick, RI and Michelle (Matthew) Wildman Bilotta of Waterbury, CT; her grandchildren DJ, David, Amanda, Chet, Cheyenne and Aaron; her siblings Robert Jackson of Douglasville, GA and Jan Jacobus of Hazleton, PA, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends she cherished over the years.

A celebration of her life will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe from 1-3 pm on Saturday December 15, 2012.

Donations in memory of Kay may be made to the Kidney Trust (www.kidneytrust.org) or the New England Paired Kidney Exchange (www.nepke.org).

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