Virginia (Ginny) W. Schaefer

August 6, 1932 - October 9, 2017

Service Date: October 14, 2017

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., in Sanford with the Rev. Canon Susan Murphy, officiating.

Virginia Wanda Myer Schaefer, 85, a longtime resident of Waterboro, walked into God’s Arms on October 9, 2017. She was surrounded in love and cared for by the “Angels” of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

Virginia was born in Midland, Michigan on August 6, 1932 the youngest of six children of Louis L. and C. Irene (Gilby) Myer.

She and her husband, James Schaefer made their home in Michigan for many years and Virginia worked 33 years in the personnel department of SS Kresge, in Bay City, Michigan. Her beloved husband James died in 1978. To be near her niece, Marie Bean and her family, Ginny moved to Waterboro in 1981. Ginny was very honored to be the Godmother to Marie and Jennifer. (Marie’s youngest daughter).

Shortly after her move to Maine, Ginny was proud to have taken her driving test and passed with flying colors! Her first employment was with St. Andre’s Health Care Facility in Biddeford in the activity department. But the job she loved the most was at Camp Waban’s Day Program for children. She loved being with children and making them smile. Ginny would dress up as Santa, the Easter Bunny or a clown to coax smiles from them. She also worked at the Waterboro Post office part time in her retirement; mostly greeting folks!

Ginny adored her nieces and nephews, her great nieces and nephews, and they loved their “Aunt Ginny” – as she became known by everyone. In recent years, her great, great nieces and nephews became her kids. They were delighted to find just the right owl to add to her growing collection. Ginny loved playing cribbage and would play a game whenever she could.

Ginny was a longtime member of the Waterboro Olde Home Day Committee and was even Grand Marshall of the event’s parade. She was also a member of Rehoboth Rebekah Lodge # 79 in East Waterboro until the lodge closed. Ginny was a beloved member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Sanford.

Ginny is lovingly survived by her sister, Rose D’Ambroise of Farmington, NH; her niece, Marie Bean and her great niece, Jennifer Servadio, who she was especially close to; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and husband James; her brothers, Levi Myer and Fred Myer; and her sisters, Hazel Scmidt and Stella Kindel all of Michigan.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., in Sanford with the Rev. Canon Susan Murphy, officiating.

Ginny will be remembered for her smile that lit up any part of the world she was in – her love of children and for life.

Ginny’s family would like to thank her many friends from her parish, St. George’s and her friends and neighbors from Sanford Fellowship Church of the Brethren, who helped Ginny remain active and happy within her home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., Sanford, ME or to Sanford Fellowship Church of the Brethren, 22 Malcom Ave. in Sanford, ME 04073.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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