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Barbara E. Knetzer-Schmelzer

November 28, 1934 - July 25, 2017

Barbara E. Knetzer, 82, of Medford, Oregon passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, surrounded by family, after suffering a massive stroke and heart attack.

She was born November 28, 1934 in Reseda, California to parents Robert and Ruth Cocks. She graduated from Redondo Beach High School in California. Shortly after, she married Harold Schmelzer with whom she had four children.

She was a homemaker, bookkeeper, and an advertising media consultant. She was a woman of strong faith who loved the Lord and her family and friends. Her great joys were flower gardening, observing and feeding birds, crossword puzzles, and the ocean. She enjoyed her timeshare in Mexico, and loved living in Alaska for 25 years. Family and friends enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor.

Barbara is survived by her children, Lisa Schmelzer (Michelle), David Schmelzer (Debbie), Richard Schmelzer (Shannon), and Suzanne Karagounis (Tony); sister, Ricki Tudor; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Cocks; her parents; and granddaughter, Alexandria Karagounis.

Private family memorial services will be held in Medford, Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska at a later date.

Our family would like to thank the caring doctors, nurses and staff at Rogue Regional Medical Center, Asante Transitional Program Team and Accent Care Nurses in Medford, Oregon.

Mom, we all love you. You will be dearly missed and never forgotten. God bless you.

Barbara E. Knetzer-Schmelzer