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Jean E. Schafer

March 29, 2016

Jean E.SchaferJean E. Schafer, 88, formerly of Clayton, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Country Manor Nursing and Rehab Centre, Carthage.

A calling hour will be held at Clayton United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 2, from 9:30 - 10:30AM followed by the funeral service at the church at 11AM. Burial in Depauville Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Jean was born in Watertown on July 18, 1927, daughter of Hiram and Frances Palmer Wiswell. She was a 1944 graduate of Clayton Central School. While in high school she was a cheerleader and was recognized for her unusual figure skating ability. In 1947 she graduated from Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Rochester as a registered nurse. During World War II she was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corp. After graduating Jean actively pursued her profession, working nearly 35 years as an RN, especially for the House of the Good Samaritan, now Samaritan Medical Center. She also worked as a private duty nurse.

On May 9, 1948 she married John N. "Jack" Schafer at the Clayton United Methodist Church with Rev. Henry Bridges officiating. Mr. Schafer, her loving husband of 54 years, passed on June 9, 2002.

She was a member of the Clayton United Methodist Church and was active in church functions and dinners. She was a member of the Home Bureau and Samaritan Loyals. She enjoyed baking, knitting and crocheting.

Jean is survived by her three children, John N. "Jack" Schafer, Jr. and companion, Barbara Leeson, George P. Schafer III, and Deborah J. Phinney and companion, Jim Felton, all of Clayton; five grandchildren, Jonathan Schafer, Rochester, Christian, Nathan and Matthew Phinney, all of Clayton and Alicia Schafer, Clayton; several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband, Jack, Jean was predeceased by two grandsons, Jeffery Schafer, May 9, 2004, and Derek J. Schafer, June 10, 2012, and her sister, Norma Fulmer, 1995.

Donations in her name may be made to either the Clayton United Methodist Church, 324 John St., Clayton, NY 13624 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057. Online condolences to Jean's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.



#10 Victor Leavery 2016-04-13 17:08
George Jack Ann Debbie: I'm very sorry to hear about your mom , I was in the hospital when she passed. I'll never forget get her at the senior lunches at the Paynter center.Victor(B ud) Leavery.
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#9 Victor Leavery 2016-04-13 16:57
George Jack and Debbie I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady. I'll never forget the lunches at the Paynter center. Victor ( Bud ) Leavery.
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#8 Ann Wingerath 2016-04-08 07:24
Jean was a very nice, gracious, vibrant lady who was a delight to have known. I appreciate her full and active lifestyle and will miss her affability. My condolences to George, Debbie, Jack and the rest of the family.
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#7 Randy &Cheri Shaw 2016-04-02 10:37
Dear Deb, George and Jack, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
We will always remember Jean, her smile, kindness, and sense of humor.
We feel honored to have known her.
May your memories keep her close.
Randy and Cheri
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#6 DeeDee Fuller 2016-04-01 15:38
My sympathies are with you, George, Jack, Debbie and family.I enjoyed my visits with Jean near the end of her life.My Mom and her were best of friends, they had a wonderful cirlce of friends. I miss them.
God Bless, DeeDee
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#5 Randy &Cheri Shaw 2016-04-01 09:32
Deb, George, and Jack,
Our thoughts and hearts are with you with the passing of Jean.
She was a wonderful woman, loving, smart and funny. We feel honored to have known her.
We know you will miss her, but may your memories keep her close
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#4 Cathy Hunt Saunders 2016-03-31 15:45
Dear Jack, George & Deb. I'm so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. It is never easy, no matter how long we have them with us. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The memories will keep your Mom close.
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#3 jim fulmer 2016-03-31 15:39
Aunt Jean was a bright light in my life. Like a second mother to me. I will surely miss her wit and endearing smile; not to mention all the great recipes! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. love jim
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#2 Patty Brayen 2016-03-31 15:34
To Debbie, George, Jack and all of Jean's family: My deepest condolence on the passing of your mother. Jean was a wonderful woman; I didn't know her too well, but enjoyed a number of conversations with her at different events here at Riverview. She was very nice, very smart, and what a great life led. May she rest in peace, and may your memories help to comfort you.
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#1 Sally Bogenschutz 2016-03-31 10:08
Dear Deb, George, Jack and family, My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I have nothing but fond memories of your mom. There’s a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children.
Keeping you in my love and prayers!
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