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Jean Marie (Heckman) Schafer

June 28, 1935 ~ December 18, 2017 (age 82)


     Jean Marie Schafer, 82, of Fowler, MI, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017, at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:30 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard officiating. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI. Rosary Service will be prayed at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, and a Vigil Service will be on Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

     Jean was born in Clinton County, MI on June 28, 1935, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Schneider) Heckman. She graduated from Pewamo High School with the class of 1953. On June 8, 1957 she married Louis A. Schafer in Pewamo, MI. Jean worked for Federal Mogul in St. Johns for 25 years, retiring in 1990. She enjoyed going to craft shows, watching birds, and caring for her indoor plants. She was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church as well as a member of the Christian Mothers Association. 

     She is survived by  her husband Louis Schafer of Fowler, MI; son  Michael Schafer of Christiansburg, VA; daughter Vicki and Paul Horak of Fowler, MI; son Richard and Sandy Schafer of Fowler, MI; 8 grandchildren: Whitney and (Matt) Zirkle, Annah, Thomas, Gabrielle, Sidney and Dominic Horak, Roman and Nicholai Schafer,  2 great grandchildren, Mark and Daniel Zirkle, 6 brothers, John and Sherry Heckman, James and Ellen Heckman, Edward and Joan Heckman, Thomas Heckman, Kenneth and Joyce  Heckman, Joseph and Ruth Heckman,

3 brothers in law, Robert  Ladiski, Edward  Ladiski,  Luke and Maggie Fernholz.  She was predeceased by her parents, 3 sisters, Marie Fernholz, Joanne and Theresa Ladiski. 2 sisters in law, Ann & Linda Heckman.

     Memorials may be made to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Educational Trust Fund. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Educational Trust Fund



 Service Information

Visitation - with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M.
Wednesday
December 20, 2017

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler
11112 W. Ionia Street
Fowler, MI 48835

Rosary
Wednesday
December 20, 2017

3:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler
11112 W. Ionia Street
Fowler, MI 48835

Vigil Service
Wednesday
December 20, 2017

7:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler
11112 W. Ionia Street
Fowler, MI 48835

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
December 21, 2017

10:30 AM
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
545 N. Maple Street
Fowler, MI 48835


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