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Sandra Kubalek Schmidt

Sandra K. Schmidt, 75, beloved wife, mother, homemaker, small business owner, and lifelong student passed away March 24, 2016 at her home outside Cave Junction, Ore., surrounded by her family.

Sandra was born in Chicago, Ill., and in 1950 moved with her family to Medford, Ore. graduating from Medford High School in 1957.  She attended college in Colorado and Oregon before marrying Robert Schmidt in December 1962 in Medford.

Her college major was English education, but she also had a natural aptitude for math and engineering. She loved literature and drama, and her favorite job in college was working for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.    At the age of 56, she returned to college at Regis University in Denver, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education in 1997. 

During their marriage, Sandra and Robert moved across the country, returning to Oregon in 2011 and settling in the Illinois Valley. 

Sandra mastered a wide range of needlework skills during her life. Her passion for needlework and the joy she found in helping people, led to the creation of the Yarncrafter Shop.  She opened the business in Montrose, Colo. in 1983 and moved it to Lakewood, Colo. in 1989.

Sandra loved animals, music, great stories, and preparing homemade meals for her family, values she instilled in her children. Living in the Illinois Valley, she embraced her love for gardening and nature  participating in the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension's land steward program and classes.

She never met a stranger and had a kind heart.  She is survived by her husband, Robert of Cave Junction; daughter, Theresa Jones (Michael) of Mechanicville, N.Y.; son, Robert Schmidt of Lakebay, Wash.; daughter, Tamara Schmidt of Lakeview, Ore.; daughter, Tiffany Schmidt of Medford, Ore.; sister Carole Cumerford (Patrick) of Bath, N.Y.; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her father, Milo Kubalek; brother, James Kubalek; and mother, Florence Kubalek Fotter.

A funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St. Patrick of the Forest Catholic Church, 407 W. River St., Cave Junction, Ore. Interment will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 at Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford.

Sandra Kubalek Schmidt