SCHAFER – Dorothy Rose Schafer, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away peacefully on June 16, 2015 at Cypress House in Swift Current.
Dorothy was born February 28, 1921 to August and Rosa Mader in Regina. The family moved to the Senate area where Dorothy grew up and married Adam Schafer on August 8, 1939. Over a period of time the couple welcomed four children into their family: Jim, Pat, Allan and Blaine.
Life in Senate was short on amenities like running water and electricity, but Dorothy’s resourcefulness saw the family through. She loved homemaking, spending time with family friends, summer holidays and above all, family picnics in the Cypress Hills.
After retiring to Maple Creek, Dorothy enjoyed an active social life, visiting with her numerous friends, playing card games at the Senior Citizens Center and being involved in her church. Travel was another one of her passions and she visited numerous places including Germany, Greenland, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Alaska and all over Canada.
Family was everything to Dorothy. She was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and keeping track of them was one of her favorite pastimes.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Adam, her oldest son, Jim, parents August and Rosa Mader, siblings Fritz and Werner Mader, grandson Drew Wagner and friend Jake Roth. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Barbara Schafer; children Pat (John) Pankratz, Allan (Terry) Schafer, Blaine (Shelley) Schafer; grandchildren Stephanie (Patrick) Ballard, Beverly (Darren) Kruger, Kevin (Shari) Schafer, Katie (Jeff) Kalinocha, Ivan (Fedra) Pankratz, Bruce (Jaime) Friesen-Pankratz, Sonia (Dion) Wieler, Celina (Ben) Jimenez, Jodi Thorimbert, Jerrod (Kelly) Schafer, Jennifer (Shaun Morris) Schafer, Travis (Holly) Schafer, Shawn Schafer, and Brett (Nikki) Wagner; and great grandchildren Tarryn, Kaitlyn and Julia Ballard, Emily Kruger, Kaleb, Chayse and Riley Schafer, Hunter and Xander Kalinocha, Lea and Luke Pankratz, Zam, Hizee and Ziko Friesen-Pankratz, Lindsay and Megan Wieler, Suzanne and Hans Jimenez, Bailey and Brayden McKenna, Abbi-Gail Thorimbert, Jax Kruse, Casie, Carsen and Darby Schafer, Emery Morris, Shelby, Rylan and Chloe Schafer, Kyler Schafer, Georgia and Amelia Wagner.
Interment took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the Maple Creek Cemetery beside her beloved Adam, joining him again after 38 years.
The family would like to thank all those for their condolences and support. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as mom canvassed faithfully for those organizations. Binkley’s Funeral Service Maple Creek and Leader in charge of arrangements 306-662-2292, http://www.binkleysfuneralservice.com.
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