Grace H. Schaefer, 96


Grace H. Schaefer (nee Bartel), 96, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Cedar Community.

Grace was born on July 18, 1916, in Wautoma to Frederick and Martha (nee Bandt) Bartel. She was a graduate of Wautoma High School; Waushara County Normal; and a Milwaukee business college.

She married Arthur Schaefer in Wautoma on Sept. 20, 1941, and they eventually settled in Menomonee Falls. Grace was a dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, homemaker, an accomplished gardener, 4-H leader, member of the Northwood Neighbors Homemakers and active in her church wherever she lived. She and Arthur participated in overseas mission trips to India, Bogatá, Columbia, Kenya and Sierra Leone. She and Arthur moved to West Bend 29 years ago where she had an active life in the Cedar Community. She was a dedicated member of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, West Bend.

Grace is survived by her children, Carol (Lewis) Smith, Sandy (Thomas) Spannagle, Jody Borecki, Thomas (Christine) Schaefer, Phillip (Terumi) Schaefer. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Pam (Ron) Cramer, Kim (Kevin) Braatz, Chris (Tim) Langille, Karen (Nick) Camene, April (fiancé Tony Bonadeo) Borecki, Ashley Borecki, Faye (Dan) Uttech, Jill (Brad) Dobie, Daniel Schaefer, Margaret Schaefer (fiancé Hans Huang), and Steven Schaefer; greatgrandchildren, Sam and Lara Cramer, Will, Eli, Claire Braatz, Sophia and Carson Langille, Addison and Cassidy Camene, Tommy and Silas Dobie, and Jack Uttech; sister-in-law, Iva Parker; brother-in-law, Dick Richardson; and cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, especially from Cedar Community.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur, on Aug. 10, 1989; sisters, Rose (Don) Fuller, Loretta (Allen) Fitzgerald; and brothers, John (Ruth) Bartel, William Bartel, Ben (Laverne) Bartel and Marvin (Lucille) Bartel.

A funeral service for Grace will be on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Pastor Wes Falk presiding. Interment to follow service at Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. until time of service (10:30 a.m.).

Memorials are appreciated to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church or Cedar Community.

A special thank you to all the staff and care givers at Cedar Community.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 and www.phillipfuneralhome.com.