Esther M. "Pat" Schaefer, 89, of Sandusky, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.
She was born June 11, 1924, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie (Ruffing) Haubert. She was a 1942 graduate of Gibsonburg High School, and May Queen 1942. She attended Mercy College School of Nursing in Detroit, and went on to do post graduate work in surgical nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Esther "Pat" went on to work in surgical nursing at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Detroit, then Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, and later at the University of Illinois Hospital of Chicago. When she came to Sandusky, she taught at Providence School of Nursing for a few years and later was supervisor in the First Aid Station at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, in Huron.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. John Schaefer, whom she married Nov. 27, 1947; her sons, John G. (Deborah), of Fort Myers, Fla., Joseph P. (Jenny), of Toledo, Dr. Peter L. (Christine), of Milan, Paul (Charmaine), of Mount Gilead, Ohio, and Thomas G. (LaDonna), of Huron; and 14 grandchildren, Tammy (Todd) McPeek, Jennifer (Adam) Pribanic, Neil (Lydia), Jessica (Alex) Hannah, Patricia (Tim), John, Crystal, Corey, Carson, Paige, Carter, Natalie, Nathan, Nina, Abigal and Jacob.
She was preceded in death in death by two daughters, Cindy Lou Schaefer and Christine Marie Vodicka; a son, Reid R. (Gena); her parents; four brothers, Benny, Richard, Jerome and Harold "Joe" Haubert; and three sisters, Peggy (Leo) Stone, Mary K. (Dr. Fred) Reinick and Helen R. (Donald ) Braun.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron. The Rev. Jeffery Sikorski will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky. Following the committal services there will be a luncheon in the St. Peter Gathering Space.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be to Back To the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824 or to your favorite charity, in the memory of Esther M. Schaefer.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Esther's family at davidfkoch.com.