Lois H. Schaefer, 86, of Chippewa Township went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to join her husband, John, on Tuesday, November 26th, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Born in Denver, CO in August 1933, Lois graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls in 1960 before meeting John in Pittsburgh, PA. They married in 1962, and John soon joined the Physics Dept at Geneva, where he taught for nearly 50 years. John preceded Lois in death in 2017.
They were long-time members of the Eastvale Reformed Presbyterian Church, where Lois used her creativity and gifts in art and music in helping to lead the Good News Club and Treasure Diggers for many years, as well as being the church secretary.
Lois was a warm, kind and patient lady with a smile for everybody. She was truly a good listener because she loved people, and she was ever ready to make a new friend. Her generosity and kindness extended to many people beyond her family. Always curious and ready to try something new, she dabbled in visual arts and quickly mastered many new skills and crafts, each time making something beautiful before turning her hand to the next challenge. She was a great cook, and she loved to find ways to make her meals special for the many guests at her table over many years; she was an accomplished piano player who accompanied musicals for Blackhawk more than once; she led Bible studies, decorated wedding cakes, arranged flowers and helped to run a food co-op. A loving mom and grandma, she had a quirky sense of humor with a bit of mischief, and she loved special treats and surprises. She had perfect pitch and a beautiful singing voice, singing in Genevans and Handel’s Messiah, among other things, and almost anything could bring a song to her lips even in her last days.
Lois is survived by her children Jonathan (Dianne), Deborah, Paul (Brenda), David (Joy), and Mark (Rachel), and 18 beloved grandchildren and spouses, as well as brother-in-law Jim (Kit) and family.
The family is grateful for the kindness and care of Sarah from Heart 2 Heart and of Rose and Joann from Mother Theresa Hospice.
A private graveside service was held at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in New Galilee on November 28th. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eastvale Reformed Presbyterian Church, 504 2nd Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.