Sandra J. Schupbach

Sandy Schupbach, 77, passed from this life to God’s embrace at Hospice House on March 12, 2013. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and stayed associated with that community her entire adult life. She adhered to their charism of universal love of God and love of neighbor without distinction. She continued her quest to know God throughout her life. She was always doing good for others and placing their needs before her own.

Sandy held many positions in Laboratory Medicine, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and was one of the founding members of Physicians Reference Laboratory in 1976. She loved music, especially Ragtime, refinishing antique furniture, cooking for others, reading, and a special love of her dogs, among many other things.

Her education was broad and diverse through college, graduate, and post graduate schools. She was interested in topics that ranged from other religious beliefs, theology, poetry, and history to science as it related to medicine.

She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother. Those who cherish her life and memory are her sisters Sally and Harriet Bishop of Jasper AL, their children and grandchildren, and her dear friend Sr. Sharon Hayes and her family; as well as friends who date from her college years through to those who entered her life in the last several years.

A Memorial Mass celebrating Sandy’s life will take place, with the date yet to be determined. Notification will follow. Donations in her memory are suggested to Kansas City HOSPICE HOUSE or EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND: St. Therese Little Flower Church, for those in need.


  1. Anne on May 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I had the pleasure of caring for Sandy in her final months. I must say she was one of the most loving people I have ever met. Sandy and I grew so close and was heartbroken at the news. She became a best friend of mine. To Sharon- I’m so sorry for your loss and miss you dearly. To her family- a wonderful woman, she will be missed greatly. The love I have felt from Sandy will never ever be forgotten.

  2. Brenda (Foster) Whalen on March 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Sandy stood with me at my wedding in 1975. We worked together in the lab at KUMC. I lost track of her, but I always felt she was one of the finest people I ever worked with. Clif and I had 8 children and 29 years of marriage before he passed. May God bless those near and dear to Sandy.

  3. Katie Connor on March 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    As a young med tech, I remember Sandy as a great mentor. She was kind and patient and truly cared about those she was teaching. As a more experienced tech, I remember a great colleague and a true friend. She was a great lady and I’ll always remember her big smile and hearty laugh. May God bless those she left behind.

  4. Dorothy and Cecil Clark on March 20, 2013 at 7:33 am


    Cecil and I are so sad to hear of Sandy’s death. She was such a special
    person and I always enjoyed visiting with her.
    She could give one of best hugs I ever received.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharon, and the rest of her family.
    It is nice to know that she is now free of the pain that she endured for so long.

    Love, Dorothy Clark

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