Heidi Marie Kugler O'Connor
December 7, 1964 to April 20, 2019
Heidi O'Connor finished her dance with ALS on April 20 in Lake Oswego. She was born Dec. 7, 1964 in Hastings, Minn. She was the third of four children born to Jill and Joe Kugler. Her three brothers are Joe whose wife is Mary Lou, Rob whose wife is Karen, and Jamie. Heidi graduated from Hastings High School. Heidi received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University where she majored in radio television film. She later went on to earn her Master's degree in telecommunications from Northwestern. She continued to be a lifelong learner taking numerous classes in a myriad of different subjects for the rest of her life. She was recently admitted to the Lewis and Clark Master's in Education program to be an elementary school teacher. She was married to Randy O'Connor with whom she had a son, Walt, and a daughter, Callan. She was an aunt to Logan, Taylor and Kate. Heidi loved her family and spent hours creating adventures for them ranging from art projects to exploring the world as well as teaching them important life skills like eating bananas with their feet. She also was a passionate dog owner - believing dogs are both the cornerstone and the court jesters of any home. In addition, she was an avid community volunteer including working with Art Literacy and various reading programs Heidi started her career in public television working for both KTCA in St. Paul Minn., and WTTW in Chicago. She became an artist working in photography and jewelry making. Her belief in the value of all things lead her to find antique trinkets and repurpose them into one-of-a-kind jewelry for unique occasions or special people. She was the owner of Seven Larks. She loved to travel and explore the world. She was happiest hiking through beauty taking photographs. Even in her wheelchair, she continued her passion of exploring the world and taking photographs by traveling to London, Northern Europe, Barcelona, New York, Washington DC and her most adventurous trip - Nepal and Bhutan. Heidi was a kind and loving person with limitless compassion. Her art reflected her belief that we all needed to try to make our small corner of the world a little bit better. Rather than mourn, Heidi wanted her family and friends to feel as blessed as she did for the time she had with them. A celebration of Heidi's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego. After the service, a remembrance with will be held in the church's Cummings Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to Oregon Dog Rescue http://www.oregondogrescue. org/ or 6700 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, OR, 97062. Please make a notation that you are donating to Heidi's Save 10,000 Dogs Goal.