Dora A. Gahan

June 28, 1918 - Sept. 17, 2007

Dora A. Gahan (nee Nettesheim) of Brookfield, formerly of Pewaukee, was born to eternal life Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at age 89. She was born June 28, 1918, to Kilian and Barbara (nee Hurtgen) Nettesheim, who preceded her in death, along with 12 brothers and sisters.

She was the beloved wife of the late Wendelin Schaefer and the late Raphael "Doc" Gahan; dear mother of Wendelin Schaefer, the late Daniel (Mary) Schaefer, the late Gregory (Anita) Schaefer, Robert (Sandy) Schaefer, Charles (Marianne) Schaefer, Chad (Cheryl) Schaefer and Barbara (Todd) Wittenberg; grandmother of 19 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 22 great-grandchildren; and sister of Joseph (Marilyn) Nettesheim and Olive (the late Anton) Heinzelman. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield. Visitation continues from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m.

Mass of Christian burial Friday, Sept. 21, at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, N35-W23360 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pewaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated for the church.

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