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Margaret Schaefer

1934 - 2015 Margaret Marie (Broderick) Schaefer, died peacefully in the early morning of December 19, 2015 at her home of 60 years, after a long illness. Margaret, nicknamed Sue by her father, was born on May 19, 1934 to parents Dolores (Devine) Broderick and James A Broderick. Growing up a city girl in Newark, NJ, Sue graduated from Saint Michael's School of Nursing in 1954 and married George W. Schaefer the following year. They had met by chance at the Jersey Shore when they were introduced by friends. George was on a weekend leave away from the Marines and Sue on a weekend off from nursing school. The self-proclaimed "luckiest woman in the world," Sue had a long career as a well-respected nurse. After time off to raise her seven children, Sue went to work at Geer in Canaan. She worked there until retiring in 1997 after 23 years as a geriatric nurse. Sue was very involved in the community, volunteering for many organizations including Geer, Fishes and Loaves, the Republican Town Committee and Story Time at the library. A fabulous cook, Sue was also passionate about gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family. In 1957 she began the tradition of Tuesday night family dinners, which will carry on although they will not be the same without her. As Sue declined, her husband took great care of her with the help of family as well as tender and dedicated caregivers, especially DeeDe Gordon Taylor, the Salisbury VNA , Eleanor Scavotto and Ann Tamakloe of Winsted Nursing Services. Her extraordinary ability as a caregiver throughout her life served as a model for her children as they cared for her in the last ten years of her life. Her passing leaves a void that will take our greatest efforts to overcome. Sue is survived by her loving husband, George and children, Mary Ann Fox and husband, Jeffrey of West Cornwall, Joseph Schaefer and wife, Lisa of Salisbury, Ellen Kloke and husband, Lyle of Canaan, Thomas and wife, Ingrid of Canaan, Dolores Perotti and husband, Francis of East Canaan, Jean and husband, Peter Harris of Niantic, CT, Christine of Lenox Dale, MA and grandchildren, Meghan Schaefer, Joseph Schaefer, Jr., Marcus Morey, Laura Fox, Charles Fox, Oliver Fox, Mary Perotti, William Perotti, Theodore Perotti and Elizabeth Harris. Sue was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Broderick. FUNERAL NOTICE: Arrangements are under the care of Newkirk-Palmer Funeral home with calling hours Tuesday 12/22/15 from 9am to 10:30am followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11am at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Canaan, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to; Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in North Canaan, and to Fishes and Loaves food pantry in North Canaan.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 22, 2015
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