Mary Aileen (Olp) Schafer (1932 - 2018)

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Mary Aileen Schafer passed away on May 13, 2018, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa.
Aileen, the only child of Wallis and Abigail (Kernan) Olp, was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Hastings, Neb. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Grand Island, Neb., and attended Rosary College in River Forest., Ill., and Duchesne College in Omaha, Neb.
Aileen married Stanley N. Schafer on June 27, 1953, in Grand Island, Neb. They had ten children, eight boys and two girls. Education was important to Stan and Aileen, and their children pursued professional degrees. Stan and Aileen lived most of their married life in Villisca, Iowa. Aileen was widowed on April 30, 1986. She continued to live in their family home in Villisca, Iowa, until December 2016, when she moved to Arlington Place in Red Oak, Iowa.
Aileen was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Villisca, and had served as a board member for the Des Moines Diocese. She volunteered many years for the Villisca Red Cross Bloodmobile, Villisca's We Care, Villisca Food Bank, and the Hairdressers at the Villisca Good Samaritan Society. She served as Cub Scout leader and was a board member of the Villisca Good Samaritan Society. She was a longtime bleacher warmer for the Villisca Bluejays and Jayettes. Aileen enjoyed her friends, playing bridge, exercising at the Clarinda swimming pool, and donating her time to worthy causes.
Survivors include her ten children: Marty and wife Sherry of West Des Moines, Iowa; Anne Schafer and husband Victorino Cabrera of Nueva Italia, Paraguay; Tom and wife Lauri of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mike of Muscatine, Iowa; John and wife Charla of Muscatine, Iowa; Steve of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Cathy Villareal and husband Jim of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kevin of Emerson, Iowa; Scott and wife Diane of Naperville, Ill.; Mark of Jacksonville, Fla.; twenty-two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., May 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Eze and Father Kirigia officiating. Burial immediately followed services at the Villisca Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Villisca Community Center.
Memorials are suggested for Villisca Good Samaritan Society, St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Villisca and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Red Oak.
Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, assisted with arrangements.
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Published in The Red Oak Express on June 5, 2018
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