passed away after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that develops in the blood marrow. Born in Maryland and raised in Silver Spring, Kathy graduated from Northwood High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Salisbury State College, Maryland and a Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees from Nova University. She enjoyed a 28 year teaching, coaching and guidance counseling career with the Manatee County School Board. Her Volleyball teams at Manatee High School won 8 District 1 and 1 Regional Championship and many girls earned college athletic scholarships, a rarity in the 1980's. After retiring from the school system, Kathy volunteered with Southeastern Guide Dogs, raising a Yellow Labrador Retriever Scout, who is currently a guide dog and volunteering with Black Labrador Retriever Spirit, in the Pet Therapy Programs at Blake Hospital and Williams Elementary. A highlight in their volunteering experience was when Spirit was named 2012 Volunteer of the Year at Williams Elementary. Kathy loved any outdoor activities including hiking in the mountains of New Hampshire, biking, boating and gardening. She was also an avid sports fan, enjoying college football and professional baseball. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Fern Yachmetz, who along with Kathy were founding members of Ss Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jim; her cherished son, Hunter; brothers, Steve (Bev) of Wareham, MA, Mark (Cindy) of Alexandria, VA; niece, Holly (Jeff) of Wareham, MA; special friend, Mary Lou Schmid and her loyal K-9, Spirit. Services will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623-3827. ''Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.'' Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Feb. 17, 2016