Pictures of Sally 

I meet Sally and Robbin Schindele on a 4th of July pack trip that Squaw Butte was hosting in Elk Meadows of the Frank Church Wilderness. I noticed the man on the big paint horse and a woman with a big smile on a flashy mule while packing the members in. I didn’t get a chance to talk to them during the day but around the campfire found out they were from the mid-west, into sailboats and had lately moved to Idaho to start a new adventure. A history very similar to Linda’s and mine. Since that first meeting we have shared a lot of camp fires and trails together. In the years I have known Sally; we have ridden a lot of great trails, eaten some excellent meals, and skied many runs. I never heard her complain, to not step forward when something needed to be done, or not have a smile or a welcoming word. After a long hard day on the trail, she was the first to step forward wanting to help get dinner ready, or to get the cool drinks and snacks out. While Sally was not a strong rider, she was a very game one, willing to follow someone she trusted on trails that contained some real “Kodak Moments”. During Sally membership in Squaw Butte, she held a number of positions of responsibility, both elected and on committees, if she said she would do a job, it was done, and done well. I will miss my friend, her smile, her wit and her enthusiasm for the mountains and the back country.

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  1. Rose Gress

    I am so very sorry to hear of Sally’s death. My sincere sympathy goes out to her family!

    Rose Gress


    We met Sally through the Squaw Butte BCH and she was always nice to us. She even helped us entertain our oldest boy Samuel. She said that she liked the name Sam because she had a Sam of her own. She was a wonderful help to us, and a great friend to know. She was an angel when Bob Sr. was in the hospital and when we had a hard time figuring out all the “doctor” jargon; she always let us know in plain people terms what that meant. We will miss her fun laugh, great smile, and great personality.—The Howard’s

  3. Robbin Schindele

    Idaho Statesmen May 23, 2008

    Dr. Sally Shannon Schindele
    Sally Schindele passed away May 19, 2008. Services will be conducted at 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 25 at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Rabbi Daniel Fink of Boise will officiate.

    Sally was born in Milwaukee, Wis on Aug 8, 1949. She grew up and attended school in Arlington Heights, Ill. After completing a BA at Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University, She went on to earn her MD from Chicago Medical School in 1978. She finished her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota in 1983 where she remained on the faculty and in the clinic for the next 20 years.

    In 2003 she and her husband Robbin Schindele moved to Emmett. Once here they established a small cattle ranch, “Sally Love Ranch”, and Sally continued her medical practice with Idaho Pediatric Gastroenterology in Boise. In Emmett, Sally was very active the the Squaw Butte Bach Country Horsemen and the Gem County Sheriff’s Posse.

    Sally was an avid horsewoman, skier, and outdoor enthusiast.

    Sally is survived by her husband Robbin; three sons, Samuel and Michael Weisdorf, and Quentin Schindele; two sisters, Cindy Bradshaw and Naneen Shannon, and a brother, Timothy Shannon. Deeply loved, Sally will be missed by all who knew her.

  4. Joanna Stroeder

    From: Joanna Stroeder
    To: Rob Adams
    Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008
    Subject: Remembering a friend

    I haven’t felt much like writing. Too much to say and not exactly sure how to get it all out. Sally was supposed to go with me to the Jordan Valley Rodeo but backed out after John bucked her off the weekend before. This is the last e-mail I got from her and I would like to sharing it. I think it shows her spirit and “gameness” as you put it.
    Date: Fri, 16 May 2008
    From: Sally Schindele
    Subject: Redeo
    To: Joanna Stroeder

    You will have more fun, I’ll get more rest.

    —– Original Message —-
    From: Joanna Stroeder
    To: Sally Schindele
    Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Subject: Rodeo

    Wow, you are a danger to yourself! Glad to hear John is doing well. He really is a great horse.If you need any help with anything let me know
    Hmmm…Wapiti Meadows or Jordan Valley…hard to say who will have more fun 🙂

    From: Sally Schindele
    To: Joanna Stroeder
    Date: Wed, 14 May 2008

    Joanna – thanks for asking, I’m fine but Monday I did drop a bundle of t-posts on the same knee I fell on Saturday. Even the old human body is a miraculous engine. John W is doing well in his separation training. He currently only eats in my presence and will have his own round pen up by the house soon. I wish I could go to the clinic on Sunday, but have decided to go up to Wapiti Meadows that day to help Diana with a project. Look for informatiion on the Wapiti Meadows work weekend tomorrow. Enjoy the Jordan Valley. -Sally

  5. Memories of Sally during her time with Squaw Butte.

    Sally Photo’s (WEB)

  6. Robbin Schindele

    In Memory of Sally Schindele (1949-2008
    I’M FREE

    Don’t grief for me, for now I’m free
    I’m following the path God laid for me
    I took his hand when I heard Him Call,
    I turned my back and left it all.

    I could not stay another day,
    To laugh, to love, to work or play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way,
    I found peace at the start of day.

    If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joys.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
    Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

    Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My life’s been full; I’ve savored much.
    Good friends, good times,
    A love one’s touch.

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts and share with me.
    God wanted me now, He set me free.

  7. Just want to tell all of you how much I appreciate the support you showed to Robbin and his family. I believe the family was very impressed by such an outpouring of care.

    I appreciate all of you for taking the time from your long weekend to help with the set-up, prepare and bring food, and step in to help clean-up. It makes me very proud to say I belong to Back Country Horsemen.

    For those who were not able to attend the memorial service, Sally’s younger sister delivered a terrific description of her sister, complete with laughter and tears and I’m sure it was just as Sally would want. For those who were not able to attend the after-service
    gathering at Circle G, you missed a terrific feed and a chance to get acquainted with others who knew Sally. I just wish she could have been here to enjoy it…but then, I think she was…as she is certainly in our hearts.

    Thank you to Lettie for allowing us to use the facility!

    Regards, Kay