Saundra (Mochnick) Weatherly

Saundra (Mochnick) Weatherly was born to Claire and Joseph Mochnick in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24, 1936. She died peacefully among her family members in Salem on December 10, 2016.

Saundra met her high school sweetheart and future husband of 50 years, Eugene Weatherly, at Marshalltown High. In 1955, together with Gene, the Mochnicks traveled west in search of new opportunities.

Saundra & Gene were married in Santa Barbara, California in 1957. They lived in southern and central California, Washington, and finally settled in Salem, Oregon in 1978, where the family owned and managed two service stations. Saundra then joined the Human Resources team at Salem Keizer Public Schools, retiring in 2002 after 17 years of service.

Music was always a part of Saundra’s life, from singing in her church choirs to playing organ at Sunday services. She was also a lover of the outdoors. Even after their retirement, she and Gene could still be found hiking in the Cascades, bicycling around British Columbia, and camping up and down the West Coast, with a trekking pole in one hand and binoculars in the other. Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier was a favorite wedding anniversary destination. She was an avid traveler, fulfilling lifelong dreams of seeing Alaska with Gene and friends in 1994, and Germany with her daughter in 2003.

Following Gene’s death in 2008, Saundra remained active, tending to roses in Bush Park, serving as altar guild and office volunteer at St. Mark Lutheran Church, and continuing her mother-daughter travels.

Saundra was known for her beautiful smile and generous heart, which earned her the title of Pop Can Angel, along with two dear friends. Together, the trio collected pop cans and coins they found along their daily walks. The money was used to buy supplies for care kits for Lutheran World Relief. She touched numerous lives in many different ways, just as she was touched by those who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Saundra is survived by her sons, Scott (wife Karon), and Brian (wife Kristie); daughter Shana Osmer (husband Jim); grandchildren: Megan, Alex, Jennifer, Anthony, Vanessa and Tonya; and great grandchildren: Dominic, Lyle, Alijha and Emily. She is also survived by her step-mother, Patricia Mochnick and nieces and nephews in California, Washington and Iowa.

A private memorial celebration will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem on January 7th. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes your remembrances be directed to Hospice Care of the Northwest or Willamette Humane Society. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.