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Eleanor Grace (DeBritz) Schaefer

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Eleanor Grace (DeBritz) SCHAEFER August 22, 1911 ~ February 28, 2011 El passed away peacefully in West Seattle where she lived since 1937. She was the 4th of 8 children born to Seattle pioneers George & Christine DeBritz, who were from Norway. El attended Leshi, Orcas Island and Garfield High School. She married Roy W. Schaefer in 1935 and their marriage lasted 59 years, until his death in 1994. El's passion was spending time with friends, family and entertaining in her home. Her door was open to all and she helped many elders in her younger days. She cherished her 72 years in her home at Alki Beach. She is dearly missed by her family members who include her sons Roy Schaefer (Randy) and Ron Schaefer (Nancy); grandchildren Jacquie Newhall, Todd Schaefer, Eric Schaefer, Sarah Schaefer and 6 great grandchildren; her brother Roy Debritz, her life-long friend Edith Davoust and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank El's caregivers, Cerise Barber, Lana Plaisant, Sue McRae, Paula Brothers, Nada Naisoro and TLC Arbor Heights for the exceptional home care they gave Mom over the past 3 years. We are greatly indebted to Swedish Hospice for the care and support they provided to El and her family. Viewing and services were held Friday March 4th, at Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home of West Seattle and were followed by a celebration of life luncheon at Salty's on Alki. The family suggests donations to Swedish Hospice in memory of El.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 3 to Mar. 6, 2011
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