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Kay Donna Schafer 1933-2012

Feb 28, 2012

WEST BEND — Funeral service for Kay Donna Schafer will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Burial will be in the West Bend Cemetery. The Harris Funeral Home in West Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Kay Schafer died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 78.

Kay, the daughter of Theodore Jacob and Ethel Mae (Cook)?Carlson, was born July 9, 1933, in Mallard, where she was raised, received her education and graduated from Mallard High School in 1952. She attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines.

On June 21, 1953, Kay and Donald F. Schafer were married at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend. The couple lived in West Bend and Kay worked at Schafer’s Grocery. She also provided child care in her home. Later, she served as a secretary at the Area Education Agency for 15 years.

Kay was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and she volunteered at the care center. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Survivors include her children:?Rebecca (Robert)?Dykhuis of Sioux Falls, SD, Richard (Christine)?Schafer of Waverly and Valerie (Glendale)?Newhouse of Emmetsburg; nine grand children:?Joseph Dykhuis, Susan Frederes, Rachel Riley, Benjamin, Jacob and Hannah Schafer, Joshua Newhouse, Dacia Bruns and Nathan Newhouse; and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister Shirley (Howard)?Morey of Mallard; brothers, Jack Carlson of ?Sioux Falls, SD, and Gary (Barbara)?Carlson of Anamosa; and her beloved Yorkie, Bamm-Bamm.

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