Rose E. Shaeffer
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NEWARK: A service celebrating the life of Rose E. Shaeffer, age 90, of Newark, will be held at Neal Avenue United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, with Pastor Shawn Morris officiating. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens.
Rose passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Chapel Grove Inn in Heath.
The second child of Clara Belle (King) and Clarence P. Nixon, Rose Eileen was born on April 12, 1923, two and a half months after her father's death.
Rose grew up in a small house outside Bremen, Ohio, on the farm owned by her grandparents. An active member of the band, orchestra, and National Honor Society, she graduated from Bremen High School in 1941.
While working at the Bremen cheese factory to earn money for nursing school, Rosie met Donald Shaeffer, a recent graduate of Amanda High School, whose twin sister she had known in county-wide activities. On March 6, 1944, the two wed amidst torrential rains on a furlough of Don's from the United States Army. The following year, Rosie earned her R.N. degree from Lancaster Fairfield Hospital School of Nursing. It was not long after Don's return from World War II that their daughter Donita was born.
Throughout their marriage of 60 years, Don and Rosie filled their lives with love, laughter and commitment to family, friends, and church. The doors and cupboards of their home were always open to people of all ages. Rosie's career in nursing spanned many decades, starting in Fairfield County and continuing from 1957 to 1988 in Newark, largely in the medical departments of Roper Corporation and Owens Corning Fiberglass. She maintained her deep fondness for music throughout her life, singing when spoken words no longer flowed and swaying to the beat when her feet could no longer dance. Rosie was a long-time member of Neal Avenue United Methodist Church and Parthenia Chapter #124 of Eastern Stars, holding various offices including Worthy Matron.
Rosie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donita and Robert Hill, of Granville; grandchildren, Seth Hill and his wife Dr. Katrina Traber of Boston, MA, Dr. Joshua Hill and his wife, Jennifer of Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Rose "Libby" Hill of Washington, DC; great- grandchildren, Alex and Chloe Hill and Ellie Traber-Hill; sister-in-law, Dollie Ceder of Columbia, MD, and by many other treasured relatives and friends, most especially, Mary Norton.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rosie is preceded in death by her sister, Kathryn Jones and step-father, Alfred Vance Sharps.
Donita and the rest of the family are grateful to the community of Chapel Grove Inn for their care and friendship over the past six and a half years and to Hospice of Central Ohio for their guidance and comfort during this last year and a half.
The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral and Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
of Central Ohio, Neal Avenue United Methodist Church, The Elizabeth E. O'Neill Scholarship Fund at COTC or a cause or your choice.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Shaeffer family.
Published in the Advocate on Aug. 30, 2013
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