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Paddle-Boarding Accident Takes Lives Of Eugene Woman's Husband And Daughter

Family photo posted on GoFundMe.com

A Eugene woman is mourning the deaths of her husband and daughter after a paddle-boarding accident in the Willamette River last week.

Authorities say the bodies of 60-year-old Dave Schenderlein and teenager Sarah Schenderlein were found the night of December 23rd near Glenwood.  Their stand-up paddle boards had apparently become entangled with a fallen tree.

They are survived by wife and mother Beth Schenderlein. She worked at Lane Community College’s International Student Services until early this year, when pandemic-related cuts were made to LCC’s workforce.

Dave Schenderlein was also a part-time instructor for Lane’s ESL program.  Sarah Schenderlein was a junior at South Eugene High School.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Beth’s living expenses and memorial services for her late husband and daughter.  The page says Beth’s sisters are with her now, and thanks the community for their support and prayers.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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