Catherine Nix Scharlach of Hendersonville, NC died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the age of 93. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Donald W. Scharlach; daughter, Cindy Koepf of Hendersonville; son, Dr. Greg Scharlach of Dallas, TX; daughter, Karen Ling of Longmont, CO; and daughter Kathy Loomis of Valdese, NC. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her nine brothers and sisters have all passed on, as well as her son, Gary Scharlach of Hendersonville, NC.
Catherine was born on January 14, 1928 in Fort Wayne, IN to Florence and Theresa Nix. In her youth she enjoyed outdoor sports and music. After graduating from high school, she was employed as an office secretary for a General Electric manufacturing plant.
She married Donald Scharlach of Bluffton, IN on August 14, 1948. They resided in Kansas City, MO for three years, Indianapolis, IN for three years, Lancaster, OH for nine years, and Fostoria, OH for 33 years. She spent this time as a mother and housewife. After her husband’s retirement in 1985, they spent six month winters at their beach front condo in Panama City Beach, FL for the next 31 years. They moved from Ohio to Hendersonville, NC in 1996.
Catherine was an avid duplicate bridge player for many years. She enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, many foreign countries, and taken several ocean and river cruises. She enjoyed music, playing the piano and the accordion, and especially enjoyed family get-togethers with her musically talented family. With her husband she held season tickets to the Flat Rock Playhouse from 1996 until her passing.
She was a faithful worshipper of the Catholic Church.