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Updated: 11/16/2013 08:00:03AM

Sandra K. Chalmers

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Sandra Kostetsky Chalmers, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Beaverton, Ore., where she had lived with her daughter, Jean, for nearly three years. She was born Aug. 17, 1939.

Formerly of Venice, Fla., Sandra had been a deacon of Venice Presbyterian Church and a loyal volunteer for its Buddy Break program, the Laurel Civic Center afterschool program and Senior Friendship Health Center.

She spent her early years in St. Clair Shores, Mich., and graduated from the University of Michigan. Later, she earned an RN degree in nursing and was a nurse in Massachusetts. She also worked in a Head Start program and in an organization for women with drug addictions.

Sandra treasured her family and was always upbeat, enthusiastic and ready for fun.

She was a lady of many talents and interests. In 2006, she combined her interest in environmental issues with her love of children by writing a book for children called “Sharkbunny and Friends.” It was published in English and Spanish and featured Sharkbunny and other creatures that discussed with real boy and girl twins how to clean up their Big River.

Survivors include her husband, Geoffrey Chalmers; daughters Lisa Hynes and Jean Landes; son John Kostetsky; and six grandchildren; as well as stepsister Kathy Morse; sisters-in-law Suzanne Defever and Marian Shern; and nieces and nephews.

Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3277 Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237, or a charity of your choice.