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Susan Schaefer

Susan Diane Schaefer, 71 years of age, passed away January 21, 2022.

Susan was born June 3, 1950, to Glenn and Helen (Manchester) Campbell. She grew up on a farm south of Mount Ayr, Iowa with two brothers, Gary Leroy and Dennis Glenn, and one sister Sheryl Ann.

Susan married Gerald Lee Schaefer on March 5, 1966. The couple lived in California while Jerry was in the Navy. To this union was born a son, Derald Dean, and two daughters Dana Danelle and Danette DeAnn.

In 1974, the family returned to Iowa. Over the years, the family lived on two different farms north of Diagonal. In 1988, the couple moved to their current home in Creston.

Susan worked various office jobs in Creston and Des Moines before retiring and spending time traveling with Jerry.

Susan found joy in painting and in reading. She was a member of a book club in Des Moines and was attempting to write her own novel.

Susan had a kind heart and a loving smile. Her love for her family was grand and she enjoyed giving and receiving hugs from them all.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents; mother & father-in-law Maxine and Lowell Schaefer; sister-in-law Donna Mae Campbell.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Jerry Schaefer of Creston, IA; children Derald & wife Brenda Schaefer of Diagonal, IA, Dana & husband Warren Evans of Bridgewater, IA, Danette & husband Richard Hoffman of Reinbeck, IA; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; brothers Gary & wife Jean Campbell of Leon, IA and Dennis Campbell of Mount Ayr; sister Sheryl & husband Bob Smith of Dexter, MN; brothers-in-law Carl & wife Yvonne Schaefer of Okeechobee, FL, Kenny & wife Cathy Schaefer of Diagonal, IA, Mike & wife Karen Schaefer of Maloy, IA; sister-in-law Kay & husband Don Jandreau of Weiser, ID; nieces, nephews, and friends.

Per Susan’s wishes, there was a private gathering on Sunday, January 23 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr before cremation occurred. She will be interred at a later date in the Veteran’s cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Andrea Rodgers Feb 19 2022 4:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Ginger Jobe Lynch Jan 31 2022 4:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Vanette Grover Jan 29 2022 8:44 AM

I met Susan twenty years ago at writers group that met in Des Moines. We both had a desire to write and publish a book. I encouraged her to join the local chapter of RWA and Sisters in Crime. We both served on the local chapter boards over the years. We used to meet for lunch or coffee at the local bookshop. When Covid made that difficult, she would often drive to my home in Pleasant Hill from Creston so we could chat on my patio. We traveled to writers retreats and workshops and we were also casino buddies. We called each other Lucy and Ethel. Susan was a talented writer. We critiqued our work so I became familiar with several of her stories. She had one story in particular I felt had potential for publication. I so wish I knew how she'd planned to end that story. Susan and I talked frequently on the phone as well as texted almost daily. We had so many similar interests and we tried to always be there for each other. I will miss her daily. I will miss our adventures, and I so wish I knew how her novel in progress ended. RIP Susan.

Virginia Gruver Jan 27 2022 5:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Patty Timmerman Jan 27 2022 4:46 PM

I have known Susan since she was 14 and her sister married my uncle Bob. We had some fun times and she will be missed. Danette helped me so much when my son was killed. Love and peace to the families.

Fonda McClure Jan 27 2022 1:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Fonda McClure Jan 27 2022 1:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

Isabelle Abarr Jan 25 2022 4:42 AM

Susan was my first best friend, and my longest friendship. We spent one winter for every weekend her dad convinced us that if we would take the nail out of slats he would help us build a small house. He fed that dream with promises of electricity and water!! We had so much fun planning that house.
One weekend nite it was so moonlite we wanted to sleep outside. We decided to sneak away on the back road n go to Rogers Cafe. Things were going great when all of a sudden someone's dog started barking. We didn't want the dog to see us so we squatted in the road n whispered. Susan said follow me n we'll run thru the corn to home. Well I'll tell you that corn was wet n the leaves cut us up but we made it back to her house. As soon as I laid down I was asleep. In the morning I woke up dried to a crisp in the sun! My dear friend got cold n went in n slept -dry-in her bed!! Her dad chewed on us about how foolish we were as the fields had electric fences!! We were spared.
She came to say goodbye when I moved innAug of 65. We were both really sad and after that we only saw each other every so many years.
I'm so sorry that she's gone but so very thankful for the years of friendship. We could just pick up where we left off. Phone calls, bday n Xmas cards n letters. For all of these I'm eternally thankful. God bless you all with His comfort n peace.

Rose Coulthard Jan 24 2022 11:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Schaefer

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