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Kathy S. Schmitz Hayden

October 27, 1956 - May 1, 2022


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    Tammie Tuley says

    I will always remember how Kathy was a true friend and prayer warrior. Over the years we didn’t see each other as often, but the hours we spent in my living room, talking and praying are treasured memories. Rest In Peace my friend. Praying for Rachel and family during this difficult time.

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    Cheryl Graves says

    My daughter was one of “her kids” as Kathy would always say. She was an amazing and loving lady who absolutely gave 100% of herself to her daycare and USI camp kids. She will be dearly missed. RIP Kathy and thank you for all you did for all of those kids! Cheryl Graves

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    Debbie Zile says

    Rachel, I never got to meet you, but I have fond memories of your mom. We grew up together in the youth group in the church on Maryland St. In Evansville. My regret is that I didn’t keep in better touch with her. I am glad I got to come back and visit with her a few years ago. I am very sorry for your loss.

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    Pattie says

    Kathy was loved by all the kids and she loved all them. I enjoyed working with Kathy and seeing all the love she had. She will be greatly missed

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    Pattie Mills says

    Kathy was loved by everyone especially her co workers and all the kids. She will be greatly missed

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    Jenn Magee says

    Both my kids had the pleasure of having her at the extended daycare at Cynthia Heights. They are 10 years apart. Miss Kathy has been a great mentor and friend and all the kids loved her and she loved them like they were her own. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. Prayers to her family

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    Jennifer Kemp says

    Rachel, I worked with your mom at EVSC and 11 years at USI summer camp. I have wonderful memories from all the fun and great talks we had every summer. I recently talked with your mom about my granddaughter attending USI camp this summer. I was looking forward to her spending time with Lexie and teaching her new things. One thing to remember is that Kathy is in Heaven and watching over and taking care of all the kiddos in Heaven! She differently will be missed. Prayers for you and your family.

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    Jill Campbell says

    My boys had Miss Kathy at Cynthia Heights daycare. She loved “her kids” and my boys loved her. She took such great care of them and really poured out so much to make sure these kids had a fun time in before & after school daycare. She was the first & last person they saw at school most days. They miss her and we are praying for the family.

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Kathy Sue (Schmitz) Hayden, 65, passed away on May 1, 2022. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, on October 27, 1956, to Charles and Rose Mary Schmitz.


Kathy was a very kind and compassionate woman. After graduating from North Posey High School, Kathy went into education. She absolutely loved children! For over 35 years, she worked with EVSC as the Ed Center Coordinator. Kathy helped make sure that students had before and after school care. During the summers, when school wasn’t in session, she worked at the University of Southern Indiana for the Summer Enrichment Camp. When Kathy found herself with some down time, she enjoyed a good novel, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Kathy was very family oriented and liked to make sure they were taken care of and provided for. She will be dearly missed.


Kathy is survived by her daughter, Rachel Leslie; her grandson, Brenden Leslie; her mother, Rose Mary; her brother, Larry Schmitz; and many more loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Kathy is preceded in death by her beloved father, Charles Schmitz.


Sunset Funeral Home will be holding services for Kathy on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Visitation will begin at 4:00pm with the service to start at 6:00pm.