LaMont ‘Moni’ Barbara Shafer


Jan. 13, 1924 - Dec. 12, 2012



LaMont “Moni” Barbara Shafer (nee Ehrenstrauss), 88, of Wheaton, Ill., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at home with her family at her side. She was born Jan. 13, 1924, at home in Milwaukee to Henry John and Alice Alva Ehrenstrauss (nee Rhadans).


She graduated from North Division High School and attended Carroll College, where she met her future husband, James (“Jim”) Vincent Shafer, then a 2nd lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy and a recent Carroll College graduate. Soon after World War II ended, they married on Sept. 20, 1947, and remained married for 52 very happy years until Jim died in 1999.


During Jim’s long career with the Equitable Life Assurance Co., he and Moni lived in many cities - Fond du Lac, Waukesha, La Crosse, Wauwatosa, Birmingham, Mich., Park Ridge, Ill., and New Canaan, Conn., before settling in Wheaton in 1979, where they ultimately retired. During this time, they raised four children - Brad, Susan, Vicki  and David. Wherever they lived, Moni was active in the church. Since moving to Wheaton and becoming a member of the First Presbyterian Church  of Wheaton, Moni was active in the Martha Circle. As a keen listener with a compassionate heart, Moni followed her passion becoming a Stephen Minister and a deacon.


Those who will miss her dearly include her children, Brad Shafer of Wheaton and his children, Josephine and James; Susan (Lou) Marinelli and their children, Luigi and Amanda of Amston, Conn.; Vicki Shafer and her children, Michael, Matthew and Katie of Wheaton; and David (Maureen) Shafer of Aurora, Ill.; her brother, Clifford (Mary) Schoenike of Oconomowoc; former daughter-in-law, Cynthia Shafer of Harbor Springs, Mich.; sisters- in-law, Lorraine Shafer and Helen Herbon; cousin, Jeanette Johns; and many nieces, nephews and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; brothers- in-law, Gene Shafer and Don Herbon; and cousin, Bob Perkins.


Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Monday, Dec. 17, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. Burial will follow at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc. A memorial service celebrating Moni’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton at a date and time to be determined in late January 2013.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Moni’s name can be made to the memorial fund at the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, 715 N. Carlton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 (www.firstpreswheaton.org); or The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 119 N. West St., Wheaton, IL 60187 (www.helpveterans.org).   


Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.