Sandra Kay Schmaltz, 79, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. She was born February 5, 1944, in Joplin, MO to Urban & Kathryne (Marich) Johannes, Sr. graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1962, and received a degree as a Registered Nurse. Sandra enjoyed membership at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, but relished the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and family.
On May 2, 1970, she married Richard E. Schmaltz who preceded her in death in 2005. Survivors include their daughters; Lori (David) Epler of Valparaiso, Natalie (Joseph) Hargrove of Hobart, grandchildren; Colin, Claire & Courtney Epler and her dear friend and life’s accomplice, Francine Kanclier.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Terry Murray and brother, Urban Johannes, Jr.
A visitation will be held Saturday, January 6th from 12 noon – 2 pm at Angelcrest Cemetery Chapel, 180 E. 600 N., Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm and burial to follow.  Sandra will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered every day.


Thank you for all the ways you made life sweeter. Miss you so much, my Dandy Sandy. Love, -Franny Bananny

My sweet Sandy, what a blessing Dave and Lori brought us together. What am I going to do without you in my life. You will be greatly missed. Save a place for us in heaven. Love - Donna and Jim Epler 

My deepest sympathy to Lori, Dave, Collin, Claire, Courtney, Natalie and Joseph. Sandy always had a smile and a hug for me, when I would see her on my Indiana visits at family functions through the years. Her presence will surely be missed by me and all who knew her. -Mary Huff-Pause 

Sandra was a great person I had gone out with her in high school. Years later my father was in the hospital and Sandy took care of him in the hospital. Great family. Sad that they are all gone. RIP -Bill Krone, Class of 60 Horace Mann.

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