Helen E. Schafer, 89, Flasher, entered eternal life at 4:30 am on March 6, 2016 in the care of the staff at Jacobson Memorial Care Center in Elgin, North Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am CST on Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Flasher. Her son Rev. Dennis Schafer will preside with Deacon Michael Fix assisting and several concelebrating priests. Burial will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Flasher.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm CST at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, and from 6:00-7:00 pm at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Flasher with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Helen was born on August 19, 1926 to Frank J. and Katherine Engelman, nee` Herberholz, in Havelock. She attended country schools, then St. Mary’s School in New England, through the 8th grade. Helen helped on the farm with the sewing/mending, meal preparation, gardening/canning and child care through her teens and early 20’s.
She was united in marriage to Adam M. Schafer on November 28, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England. Together they operated the farm and ranch northwest of Flasher. To this union was born, Kathy (Lloyd) Zimmerman, Mott, Sister Jean Louise Schafer, OSF, Rugby/Hankinson, David (Lorraine) Schafer, Eden Prairie, MN; Rev. Dennis Schafer, Flasher, Bill Schafer, Devils Lake, Randy (Darla) Schafer, Flasher, Bernie (Colleene) Schafer, Bismarck, Linda (Steven) Seehafer, Drake, and Ron (Kim) Schafer, Bismarck, ND.
Grandchildren include: Brian (Rebecca) Zimmerman, Ben Zimmerman, Jill Zimmerman, Daniel (Nicole) Schafer, Teresa Schafer, Michael (Rossana) Schafer, Weston Schafer, Kayla (Palmer) Henke, Jake (Ashley) Schafer, Levi Schafer, Jessica (Eric) Salwei, Samantha Seehafer, Sydney Seehafer, Cole Schafer (fiancé, Stephanie Pelletier) and Megan Schafer.
Great-grandchildren include: Adam Zimmerman, Helen Schafer, Ryland Schafer, Eleanor Salwei, and Noah Henke.
Helen was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and her faith and family were an integral part of her life. She treasured visits with friends and relatives, especially her children and grandchildren. Helen enjoyed gardening, crocheting, crossword puzzles, and word games. She took great delight in having created a unique quilt for each of her grandchildren’s graduation. She reveled in making favorite dishes and baking treats for family and guests. She enjoyed the art of letter writing and kept a daily journal for 62 years!
Helen will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 65 years, Adam; her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; her brother, Laurence Engelman; in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; 2 infant sons; and her sister, Marie Krebs.