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Heidi Nunnemacher Schulz

Date of Birth

January 27, 1945

Date of Death

January 29, 2019

Heidi lived her life joyously, laughing often, speaking her mind, and making friends and adventures wherever she went. She was a hiker, gardener, camper, kayaker, expert skier and instructor, competitive sailor, professional organizer, and certified Kundalini yoga instructor.

Heidi loved the outdoors, and encouraged us to notice the beauty of nature around us.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Jean Walter and Sgt. Jacob Robert Nunnemacher of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Unfortunately, Heidi never knew her father; he died in combat trying to save the lives of his platoon at Torre lussi, Italy 10 days before the end of World War II. Heidi’s mother remarried twice adding 7 siblings to the family. They raced sailboats and ice boats on Lake Michigan and other Wisconsin lakes, and enjoyed winters skiing in Wisconsin and trips to the Colorado Rockies and Europe.

Heidi studied at Colorado Women’s College before marrying her high-school sweetheart, Jim Schulz. In 1974, they moved to Santa Barbara, CA for Jim to study at Brooks Institute of Photography. Since Jim was an avid fisherman, hunter and pilot, they traveled to Alaska, Canada and Mexico. With their firstborn Robyn, they ventured frequently to Baja Mexico, first camping on an island in the Sea of Cortez, and later building a home on a three-acre island alongside an extended Mexican fishing family, where their son Jason was born. In recent years, the house has been used as a research base for the University of California Santa Cruz’s Marine Biology Research Laboratory. Although Heidi and Jim divorced in 2014, when Jim died in 2016 Heidi was at his bedside.

In 2003, Heidi became the first Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and played an important role educating organizers and the public about the emotional as well as physical aspects of decluttering. She co-authored the ICD Clutter Hoarding Scale. Together with psychologist Roland Rotz, PhD., she crafted a collaborative approach to working with clients challenged by mild, moderate and severe clutter.

Heidi was also a long-time volunteer for Food From the Heart in Santa Barbara preparing meals for community members in need. She participated in a number of Solstice Parades, usually on stilts, in elaborate costumes she created.

In 2014 Heidi moved to Park City, Utah to be closer to her son Jason and the mountains. She quickly made new friends and found her place in the community teaching adaptive skiing and water sports at the National Ability Center (NAC).

Heidi is survived by her daughter Robyn McClaine Sole and grandson Rylan McClaine of Santa Barbara, her son Jason Schulz of Salt Lake City, her mother Jean S. (Walter) Lindemann of Milwaukee, her brothers Thomas (Lynne) Lindemann, Christian Lindemann, Scott (Mary) Lindemann, and sister, Joanne (Wayne) Schelwat, the Maas, Meyer, and Nunnemacher families. Heidi was preceded in death by her step-fathers, Fritz and Walter Lindemann, sisters, Barbara Claybaugh, Julianna Lindemann, and brother Walter Lindemann.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Park City on 2/23 at NAC. Please add photos and videos of Heidi to https://photos.app.goo.gl/ Donations may be sent to Food from the Heart or NAC in Heidi’s honor.

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