Marian Etta (Thompson) Schaffner (1940 - 2016)

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Marian Etta Thompson Schaffner, 93, formerly of Falls Creek, Pa., passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Christ the King Manor.
Marian was born on March 31, 1923, in Sheakleyville, Pa., to Rev Homer Henry Thompson and Bernice (Campbell) Thompson.
Marian graduated from Grove City High School in 1940 and Grove City College in 1944 with majors in English and French. She taught English in Coudersport and Brockway for three years.
She married R. Keith Schaffner, and he preceded her in death in 2015. They were married for 70 years.
She, with her husband, were owners and operators of Schaffner's Furniture Store in Falls Creek, a family-owned business for 109 years.
She was past president of Falls Creek Women's Club and of the Jefferson County Women's Club and won the local Mrs. America contest in the 1960's.
She has always been interested in genealogy and at age 81, she published two books, Descendants of Heinrich Schaffner and Descendants of Peter Wilson.
Her talents of cooking, organizing, and decorating surpassed many, even at age 90!
She is survived by three children: two daughters, Peggy Church (Tom) of Wichita, Kan., and Sally Vogel (Vic) of Lewisburg, Pa., and her son, Tom Schaffner of Treasure Lake, Pa.; her four grandchildren: Becky Phelps (Tommy), Julia Shetlar (Martin) both of Wichita, Kan., Chris Vogel (Jess) of Canonsburg, Pa., and Heather Williams (Steve) of Jacksonville, Fla.; her 10 great-grandchildren: Abbey, Carley, Grant, Isaac, Eli, Alana, Harper, Lainey, Kade and Viviaan; her nephew, Neil (Libby) Shindledecker of DuBois and other nieces and nephews.
Marian Schaffner was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Rev. Herb Thompson; and her sister, Ruth Shindledecker Davis.
There will be no public visitation.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from the Falls Creek United Methodist Church with her son-in-law, the Rev. Tom Church, officiating.
Burial will be at Morningside Cemetery in DuBois, Pa.
Memorials may be given to Falls Creek United Methodist Church, PO Box 298, Falls Creek, PA 15840 or Christ the King Manor, 1100 W. Long Ave., DuBois, PA 15801.
The Goble-Baronick Funeral Home, DuBois, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.gbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Courier Express on June 5, 2016