Schaeffer, 89, of Beverly Commons Drive, Beverly, died Monday,
November 26, 2012 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers
following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Wesley H.
Schaeffer who passed in 1982.
Born in Newark, NJ
July 8, 1923, the daughter of the late Frank and Edna (Jansen)
Gerlach, she was raised in Newark and was a graduate of Newark
public schools. Married in 1946, the Schaeffers made their home and
raised their family in New Providence and Summit, NJ. Mrs. Schaeffer
was employed as a support specialist for C.R. Bard Medical in
Providence, NJ for fifteen years and later at New York Life
Insurance Co. in Flanders, NJ from which she retired in 1988.
Mrs. Schaeffer enjoyed
golf, needle craft, playing cribbage and bridge with family and
friends. She’ll be remembered by those who knew her as someone who
was always willing to help and support others.
She was a member of
the First Church in Wenham, the Topsfield Needlecraft Guild, Beverly
Senior Center, Hamilton-Wenham Senior Center and for many years
volunteered at the VA Hospitals in NJ and Beverly Hospital.
She is survived by a
son, Roger W. Schaeffer and his wife Terrie of Ipswich; two
grandchildren, Kristen Ganley of Derry, NH and Julie Daniels of
Groveland; great grandchildren Kate and Sarah Ganley and Megan and
A memorial service
will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the First Church
in Wenham, Main Street, Wenham. Family and friends are respectfully
welcomed. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may
be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA