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Bernice A. Schaffer

Published on -7/6/2012, 9:51 AM

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Bernice A. Schaffer, 83, Hays, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at her home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Antonino to Cornel J. and Ursula (Legleiter) Dechant.

She married Joseph E. Schaffer on June 9, 1949, in Liebenthal. He preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1964. She was a farmer, homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked at Ramada Inn restaurant as a hostess, Rupp Drapery and as a real estate investor.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, traveling, going on cruises, her family and her faith.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, Altar Society of Christian Mothers and Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include two sons, Larry J. Schaffer and wife, Annette M., and Terry G. Schaffer, all of Hays; two daughters, Diane L. Peters and husband, Mike, Hays, and Jacqueline S. Davis and husband, Gary, Overland Park; two brothers, Harry E. Dechant, Hays, and Virgil Dechant and wife, Ann, Leawood; four sisters, Peggy Norris, Russell, Rosie Giesick and Carol Werth, WaKeeney, and Jeanette Misegadis and husband, Dennis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; an adopted son, Rey "Charlie" Jaramillo and wife, Kathy, Mesquite, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Lucy Dechant, Liebenthal, and Karen Depperschmidt, Yukon, Okla.; 13 grandchildren, Mellissa A. Shepherd and husband, Darren, Michelle R. Mussat, Marla S. Andregg, Shane Schaffer, Craig Schaffer and wife, Michelle, Kristin Marie Kippes and husband, Tyler, Brandon Schaffer, Sherelle M. Peterson and husband, Anthony, Shawn J. Schaffer, RaeChelle R. Davis and husband, Ryan, Jerod D. Davis, Austin C. Davis and Bryce J. Davis; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Emerald, LaVerne and Donnie Dechant; and two sisters, Annie Meder and Delores Dechant.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Liebenthal.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.

A combined Altar Society and Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, followed by a vigil at 6:30 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested Thomas More Prep-Marian High School as a scholarship in honor of her or Masses in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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