May 13, 1954 - September 19, 2010
Diagnosed eight years ago with cancer and given little hope of surviving beyond six months, Karla Schoneberger was finally called home by her Lord this past Sunday at Rogue Valley Medical Center. That she fought so long and hard was of no surprise to anyone who knew her. Karla possessed an incredible love of life and held the same for all those that surrounded her. She never gave up, never complained and contrary to what could be expected, was always the first to put others needs before her own. Her family was the absolute love of her life and she was clearly at its center. Being a grandma was the most important thing in her life. Long time residents of Jacksonville/Central Point, "Shortie" will be very missed by all, including her husband Bill, to whom she had been married the past 38 years.
Karla was born May 13, 1954, to Ken and Eloise Kausler, in Sheboygan, Wisc., and was the consumate "Packer Fan" and cheesehead. She married "Big Bill" in Yorba Linda, Calif., on March 18, 1972, and moved to the hill between Jacksonville and Central Point in the summer of 1988. They operated the Mustard Seed Cafe, in Jacksonville, when they first came to the area and have owned Jacksonville Pump Service ever since, with Karla maintaining it's books and handling the phones. Together, they have always raised cattle on their small ranch and Karla also took great pride in the raising of her horses and English Mastiffs. She enjoyed watching her three children participate in sports and show their livestock at county fairs. She often joined Bill on their fire trucks during fire season and was "Jacksonville Engine Company #1 Association Momma" in the 90's. Karla loved the outdoors and spent many weekends above Prospect, with the family, where she loved to fish. Karla was also a great cook, known best for her biscuits and gravy. No one made them better, as most know from her days at the Mustard Seed Cafe. Karla also found time to provide support for many local causes including, organizing the children's games at the Jacksonville Pioneer Days, RVMC NICU (cuddling babies), Children's Advocacy Center, The Tiger Sanctuary, and Pacific Northwest Mastiff Rescue.
Karla is survived by long time residents of the area, mother, Eloise; husband, "Big Bill"; daughter Khristi (Shawn) Breedlove; granddaughter, Kalynn; son, "Billy" (Mary) Schoneberger; new granddaughter Ellie; son, Luke (Brandy) Schoneberger, expecting in March; brother, Keith Kausler, and family, of Orange County, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Ken Kausler.
Karla's family wish to give "Special Thanks" to all the doctors, nurses, and specialists that gave her so much comfort and care over the past eight years. Karla's memorial service will be held at Ruch Community Church, at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be sent to Relay for Life of Medford Jackson County, 31 W 6th Street, Medford, Ore., 97501.