Marlys J. Schafer

Marlys J. Schafer

Marlys J. Schafer, age 86 of Waconia, went to be with the Lord and reunited with her husband Ira on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral service Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with Rev. Phil Wagner officiating; visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Marlys JoAnn (Breitkreutz) Schafer was born to Paul and Katherine (Kuck) Breitkreutz on December 14, 1930 in rural Danube, MN, Renville County. She was baptized on January 25, 1931 by Pastor F. Zarling. Marlys was confirmed on July 16, 1944 by Pastor M.J. Weehusen at Flora Lutheran Church in Renville County, given the Bible Passage Rev. 2:10 “Be Thou Faithful Unto Death And I Will Give Thee The Crown of Life.”
Marlys graduated from Danube High School in 1948. On June 4, 1950, she married Ira Schafer of Renville, MN. In 1952, Ira was drafted into the Army and Marlys was able to travel with him most of his tour. She worked for the Civil Service at Fort Benning, Georgia in the hospital section.
Their marriage was blessed with three children: Steven, Douglas and Paula. After Marlys’ graduation and Ira’s honorable discharge, she did waitress work to fit in with her home schedule to be at home when the children were. She then became secretary and later school secretary at Lutheran High in Mayer, MN. A job she really enjoyed! After her retirement, she became involved with volunteering at Trinity Lutheran Church and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. She was involved with many different jobs at RMC, front information desk, ICU reception desk, gift shop, escort, and at times helped in the volunteer office. One of the attributes at RMC was she filled out birth certificates for 8,099 newborn babies in calligraphy. Marlys held several office jobs, was a one time president of Guild at Lutheran High, belonged to Senior Choir and was the secretary and treasurer. For over 16 years she belonged to Altar Guild and was a member of the Ladies Aid LWML as Treasurer and President and TLC Garden Club as Secretary and Treasurer; for many years and was on the committee for Golden Connections. She also served on the Care Com. One of the things she became involved in was she went to Evergreen Apartments once a month and read to Trinity’s parishioners. They had devotions, prayer, sometimes used a video and had a sing along. As fund raisers she organized “Two Walks for Trinity.” Marlys and her husband Ira were also greeters for Trinity for many years. She took counseling classes in Minnetonka and thus introduced “The Helping Hand” into Trinity. This was a referral program. It ceased when the Care Program took over. Marlys attended several Bible Study classes, loved to bowl, and was on a bowling team for Fritz Drug until she hurt her back. She belonged to the American Legion both in Waconia and Excelsior. Also at Excelsior she was a member of a Drill team, for which they performed at many parades, even going to the National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Their team took first place many times.
When she became sixty she felt she wanted to do something really different so she took up karate and self defense!
Marlys loved flowers, and working with them, she often said she was always closer to God working with flowers; a special place for prayer.
Another thing she helped with was babysitting her grandchildren. She did this anytime she was needed. Maryls loved her children dearly and treasured her grandchildren. Marlys and Ira attended a lot of hockey games when their grandson became involved. She held a special bond with her grandchildren.
Marlys always began and ended her day with God in devotions and prayer. She Knelt in prayer as long as she could.
Marlys was preceded in death by her husband Ira Schafer; parents Paul and Katherine (Kuck) Breitkreutz; brothers Harland and Allen Breitkreutz.
Marlys is survived by her loving family: sons Steven Schafer of North Hollywood, CA, Douglas Schafer of Boise, ID; daughter Paula (Jacob) Soretire of Shakopee; grandson JaVaughn Soretire; granddaughter Ava Soretire; sisters-in-law Jean Breitkreutz and Valeda Binford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers are Steven Schafer, Douglas Schafer, JaVaughn Soretire, Jacob Soretire.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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