Rose Marie Schafer, 87, of Reinbeck, Iowa, formerly of Monroe, Wisc., and McConnell, Ill., died in Reinbeck on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, after suffering a stroke. Rose was born January 16, 1929, in Monroe Wisc., the daughter of Alfred and Lillian Buhlmann. She lived mostly in the Juda, Wisc. area but graduated high school from Freeport. She married Donald Schafer on June 6, 1948. She worked for Crum-Forster and Newell Company, retiring in 1999. Surviving are her two sons, Ronald (Zona) Schafer of Monroe and his children, Travis (Lindsy) Schafer and Wade (DeLyn) Schafer, and Larry (Carolyn) Schafer of Monroe and his children, Tiffany (Chad) Fickett and Toby Schafer; her daughter, Cherie (Alan) Eckhoff of Reinbeck, Iowa and her children, Jessica (Justin) Miller and Jacob (Dayna) Eckhoff; her brother, Harry Buhlmann of Monroe and family; sister, Betty (Dick) Randolph of Maryville, Tenn. and family. Also surviving are 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 2005; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Charlie.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, December 3, 2016, at St. John's UCC in Monroe, with Pastor Kathleen Rinear officiating. There was a luncheon immediately after the service, followed by the burial in Salem Lutheran Cemetery in McConnell, Ill. Visitation was held from 10 a.m Saturday until time of service at the church. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.schwarzfh.com