Shirley A. Schaefer, 72, of 04807 St. Rt. 274, New Bremen, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Lima Memorial Hospital.
She was born on June 28, 1938, near Wapakoneta, the daughter of Aldo and Helen (Lunz) Elsass, and they preceded her in death.
On Sept. 8, 1962, she married Dale Schaefer, who survives her near New Bremen.
She is also survived by her daughters, Brenda (Craig) Siefring of New Bremen and Donna (Gary) Schmitmeyer of New Bremen; granddaughters, Lauren Hohler of New Bremen, Amy and Kelli Schmitmeyer of New Bremen; sisters-in-law, Judy (Don) Gehle of New Bremen and Lois Schaefer of St. Marys.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Elsass.
Mrs. Schaefer was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen. She was a 1956 graduate of Wapakoneta Blume High School. She formerly had been the church organist for the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fryburg for many years. She had been employed at various businesses through the years, including the Nationwide and American States Insurance Co., both in Lima, Crown Equipment Corp. in New Bremen and she retired from the Schwieterman’s Pharmacies after close to 30 years of employment. She was also a longtime aide for the Serendipity Preschool in New Bremen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund, the New Bremen Historic Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.