OBITUARY

Kathleen Williams Van der Schans

January 1, 1966June 28, 2018
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Kathleen Williams Van der Schans passed away on June 28, 2018, in Bloomington, IN, at the age of 52.

Kathy is survived by her parents, Donald and Joanne Williams of Bloomington, IN; husband, Raymond Van der Schans of Bloomington, IN; children, Mackenzie and William Van der Schans of Bloomington, IN; siblings, brothers Rick Williams (wife Karen, children Michaela Williams Miller, Scott Williams, Caitlin Williams, Ryan Williams) of Thompson's Station, TN; Michael Williams (wife Mary, children Meagan Williams and Erinn Williams Conard) of Bloomington, IN; Larry Williams (wife Missy, children Anthony Williams and Mackenzie Williams) of Bloomington, IN, Ken Williams (wife Shari, children Colin Williams and Griffin Williams) of Eden Prairie, MN; and sister Judy Williams (husband Phil Hill), of Bloomington, IN.

Kathy was born on January 1, 1966, in Troy, Ohio. She graduated from Bloomington High School North in 1984, Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 1989, and Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master of Education Degree in 1994. Kathy taught at Marlin Elementary from 1989 to 1990, Grandview Elementary from 1990 to 2005, Fairview Elementary from 2005 to 2014, and Childs Elementary from 2014 to 2018.

Kathy was truly exceptional in her ability to connect and communicate with kids. She was a genuine and authentic person who never wanted to miss out on anything. She also made everyone's special occasions into heartfelt celebrations. She laughed, smiled, and could tell a story like no one else! Kathy's dream in life was to be a mother and Mackenzie and Will fulfilled that dream. They made every day special for Kathy.

A visitation is scheduled on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E Third St. Bloomington, Indiana 47401. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:00 am at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2222 E Third St., Bloomington, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Monroe County CASA, 201 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404 (monroecountycasa.org). Please make checks out to Monroe County CASA.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Indiana University Health Hospice and Hospice House.

  • FAMILY

  • Kathy is survived by her parents, Donald and Joanne Williams of Bloomington, IN; husband, Raymond Van der Schans of Bloomington, IN; children, Mackenzie and William Van der Schans of Bloomington, IN; siblings, brothers Rick Williams (wife Karen, children Michaela Williams Miller, Scott Williams, Caitlin Williams, Ryan Williams) of Thompson's Station, TN; Michael Williams (wife Mary, children Meagan Williams and Erinn Williams Conard) of Bloomington, IN; Larry Williams (wife Missy, children Anthony Williams and Mackenzie Williams) of Bloomington, IN, Ken Williams (wife Shari, children Colin Williams and Griffin Williams) of Eden Prairie, MN; and sister Judy Williams (husband Phil Hill), of Bloomington, IN.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kathleen Williams Van der Schans

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Nicholas Fargo

October 19, 2018

Mrs. Van der Schans,

You were my favorite teacher in elementary school at Grandview. You were always so understanding and had a way of making me invested in everything we did in class. I'm sorry I had just heard of your passing just recently. If I had known, I would have attended your service. You are and always will be my favorite teacher of all time.

Nicholas Fargo

Diana Patterson

September 4, 2018

I first met Kathy when she came to the Campus Children's Center to enroll Mackenzie and Will in our daycare program. It was a delight to watch her with the children and I don't think I ever saw her without a smile and a kind word. She will be missed by all and the world will be a little less bright without her.

Melanie Adams

July 4, 2018

My oldest son, Justin, was the first to meet Kathy when he was in 5th grade and was a reading buddy for her 1st grade students. The following year my youngest son, Tyler, was in her class. Later, when Justin was taking education courses at Ivy Tech, he worked with Kathy and Tyler was a cadet teacher in her classroom during his senior year. Even though our middle son, Cameron, never was in her class, she always spoke to him like he was one of her students. She was just so kind and caring to all she met. She had such a light about her and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I know she is certainly missed by all in my family! Glad we had the pleasure of knowing her for so many years. Condolences to her family.

John Balaguras

July 3, 2018

I am so saddened to hear about Kathy's passing. I was in Ken's grade in high school and I knew Kathy well. She was always so genuine and caring and fair with everyone! I am not surprised to learn that She was such a successful teacher. She was a born teacher. Always ready and willing to help others, or lend a friendly ear. My condolences to the family



John Balaguras
Chicago, IL

Sarah and Mark Knepper

July 2, 2018

The short time we got to know Kathy was long enough to learn what a truly kind, thoughtful, fun, and genuine person she was. She was a shining light who touched many lives. All our love to the whole family, and continued prayers for strength and peace to you all.
~The Knepper Family

Ismet Karic

July 2, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Kylie, our daughter, had a great 1st grade experience at Childs Elementary because of Kathy. We're thinking of you at this difficult time.

Lulu Chamness

July 2, 2018

Kathy was such a wonderful kind and loving person. She loved her husband and children more than anything. Her life was way too short but what a fighter she was. She will be looking down and following and guiding her family from Heaven. I am a firm believer in this.
I will not be able to attend the calling or service because I am out of town . I'll be thinking of all of you and I have you in my prayers.

Cheryl Lamoureux

July 2, 2018

Judy, So sorry to here about Kathy I met her on different occasions at Child's. She was very kind with lovely children. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cheryl (San Diego, CA) for now!

Tom & Shannon Vincent

July 1, 2018

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. She taught our daughter when she was in the first grade at Grandview Elementary. Always had a smile on her face. In our thoughts and prayers.

Vivian Schroeder

July 1, 2018

Kathy and I were in the same cohort for our masters. We had the whole group, smaller working groups, and Kathy and I had each other as study partners. For that whole year I am sure we communicated every Saturday. She was a positive supporter, a balanced thinker, an editor, and friend. I can see her smile and hear her calm voice. She was an asset in education and as a friend. Her humor and kindness had no limit.