Loretta B. Schaefer

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2003

Juneau resident Loretta Barbara Schaefer, 89, died July 21, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Fred and Josephine Greener on Sept. 13, 1913. In 1934, she married Al Gliebe, and they had their only child, Georgene, in 1936. Al passed away in 1944. In 1946, she married George Schaefer of Mentor, Ohio. In doing so, she acquired a new family of three children, Melvin, Shirley and Dale. In 1972, she and George moved from Mentor to Juneau to join her daughter, Georgene Davidson. A year later, the Schaefers moved to Moab, Utah. In 1984, George Schaefer passed away and Loretta continued to live in Utah until moving to Juneau in 1998. The combined family gave her four children, 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Family members said she was very active and supportive of her church. While in Moab, she worked in and supported a second-hand store operated by her church. This store provided financial support to the church-sponsored grade school. In Juneau, her church home was the Douglas Island Bible Church. She was a member of the Juneau Branch of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary.

She is survived by her brother, Fred Greener of Mentor, Ohio; sister, Helen Cooper of Cleveland, Ohio; children, Georgene Davidson of Juneau, Melvin Schaefer of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, Shirley MacKinney of Madison, Wis., Dale Schaefer of Cincinnati, Ohio; and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands and a sister, Sophie Sullivan.

A memorial service will be held at the Douglas Island Bible Church at 3 p.m. Friday, July 25. In lieu of flowers, a gift could be sent to the Pioneers' Home, where she resided for the past year and a half. The gifts should be sent to Juneau Pioneers' Resident Council, Juneau Pioneers' Home, 4675 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.

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