Sandra M. Schadler

Sandra “Sandy” M. (Shird) Schadler, 73 of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

There will be no public visitation.  Due to the Covid-19 virus a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Sandy was born on December 24, 1947 at LaFarge, WI, the daughter of Verlin Robert and Freda G. (Short) Shird. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1966. Sandy attended Clinton Community College at Clinton, IA, and received her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree.

On November 18, 1967 she was united in marriage to James C. Schadler at St. Anthony’s Church in Dubuque. Sandy was formerly employed at The Finley Hospital and retired from Medical Associates Clinic in 2002.

She loved horses, gardening, flowers, traveling to all 50 states and around the world, ice cream, chocolate and more chocolate, a cold beer, but most of all her family and grandchildren came first.

Surviving is her husband Jim; two sons, James C. (Erika) Schadler, Jr. of Denver, CO, and Robert J. (Melissa) Schadler of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Wendy, Hunter and Ethan; three sisters, Dona (Chuck) Ostrander and Darlene Stuart both of Dubuque, and Karla (Dale) Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, a brother, Dean Shird of Largo, FL, nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Janet Wesenberg of Denver, CO, and Judy (Tom) Syke of Menominee, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents Verlin Robert and Freda Shird, her siblings, Robert, Ronald, Kathryn and Shelby, and a brother-in-law Joe Schadler.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Hospital for their love and concern for Sandy.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

“Irish Blessing: May you never forget what is worth remembering, Nor ever remember what is best forgotten. Love, Dona & Dar.”

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