Kathie Zahorik, a beacon of love, wisdom, and strength, peacefully passed on August 1, 2023, at the age of 87. She leaves behind a profound legacy of family, community service, and professional accomplishments that will be etched in the hearts of those who knew her.
Born on November 25, 1935, to Casimir and Clara Blonski, Kathie radiated warmth and kindness. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, her compassionate nature and dedication to family would be the hallmarks of her life.
While studying physical therapy, she met the love of her life, Donald Zahorik, at Marquette University. Their first date was a movie, “Around the World in 80 Days” which would introduce their shared passion for travel. They shared a deep connection and, on September 27, 1958, they exchanged vows and embarked on a journey of devotion and mutual support.
Though the many moves required by Donald’s work, she never forgot her Wisconsin roots and family, but cherished the relationships created and fostered during her 50+ years in Colorado.
As a mother, Kathie was a pillar of strength and unwavering commitment to her six children Pamela (Elton), Steve (Lynn), Scott (Paige), Mike (Jiawen), Mark (Kimberly), and Matthew (Amy). Kathie’s love extended beyond her immediate children to include her sixteen grand children Kadyn, Abigail, Zachary, Lucas, Claire, Kathryn, Madison, Joseph, Griffin, Casey, Jacob, Victoria, Colton, Parker, Nicole, Sydney, and great-grandchild, Tate (ALL of whom she proudly claimed and actively advocated as “pure geniuses”). She embraced each with open arms and reveled in the joy of being surrounded by family (all while feeding us with endless Qdoba!)
Kathie’s passion for education led her to serve as President of the Douglas County School Board. In this role, she worked tirelessly to improve the educational landscape and enrich the lives of countless students and educators. As a Realtor, her dedication to excellence brought her national acclaim as she was routinely recognized as a top-tier performer in the industry.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Kathie was known for her commitment to her Catholic faith and dedication to its services.
Kathie’s legacy of love, compassion, and leadership will live on through her family, friends, and all those she has influenced. Her memory will serve as a guiding light for those who knew her and loved her.
Kathie was preceded in death by Donald on May 14, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in honor of Kathie Zahorik to St Francis of Assisi church, Castle Rock Colorado https://www.stfranciscr.org/donate-now or The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, https://www.birdconservancy.org/
The date for Kathie’s Celebration of Life will be shared in the near future.