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Wanda Schackmann

July 18, 1942 January 8, 2021
Wanda Schackmann
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Wanda was born on July 18, 1942 in Vernonia, Oregon to Cecil and Lillian Hensley. She would live in many different places but for most of her younger years were spent in Salem, Oregon. Wanda met the love of her life, Donald Schackmann in Hawaii while serving in the Navy and retiring after 20 years. Those years allowed her to travel with him and raise 3 children.

After high school, Wanda would go to Cheyenne, Wyoming where she would learn the art of pet grooming, later coming back to Salem and working for a vet doing the same work. Wanda would eventually start her grooming career at the Pied Piper which was located in the Lancaster Mall. Eventually she would open up her own shop called Puppy Love Grooming in 1979. She had a gift to work with animals- earning the respect of many veterinary professionals. Wanda was always able to keep the dogs calm and make them look wonderful. She would eventually sell her business to her daughter, Cash to continue on the Puppy Love Legacy. However, Wanda would always help with the business up until her retirement 5 years ago.

Throughout her life Wanda always had a love for all types of animals whether it was horses, dogs or parrots. Her dream was to own a farm and that dream was granted when she purchased her property out in Stayton, Oregon 35 years ago. There Wanda could enjoy country life and her animals. Over the years she had many special horses, but her “Heart Horse” was Chance a black and white paint. After the passing of Chance in 2010, Wanda decided to retire from horseback riding but would still enjoy watching and interacting with them each day. Besides her business and animals, Wanda enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, ceramics, toll painting and Indian artifacts. She would also go on camping and fishing trips with her family. Although she was not much into fishing, Wanda would help make meals and just enjoyed being with the people she loved the most.

Wanda was strong and determined, but most of all she will be remembered for the love she had for animals and her family. On January 8, 2021, she passed away at the farm she dearly loved surrounded by family.

She is survived by her children, Anthony “Tony” Schackmann, Donda Warrnier, Katherine “Cash” Thompson; sister, Regina Harrison and a brother, Butch King; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren

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