Rosemary Schafer


Feb. 20, 1946 – Oct. 31, 2018


Rosemary Schafer, age 72 of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. A Mass of the Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. Burial took place at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in West Bend. Visitation was held on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.

   Rosemary Darlene Schafer, the daughter of Nicholas and Christina Maxine (Blass) Hoch Sr., was born on February 20, 1946 in Cylinder. She graduated from Cylinder High School in 1964. After graduation, Rosemary attended Iowa Lakes Community College and earned her Associates of Science Degree in Hotel Management. She was united in marriage to Ronald Schafer in 1968 and the couple later divorced in 1996. Rosemary was very instrumental and active in her grandchildren lives from the first born to the last born. They were the apple of her eye. Rosemary also worked various jobs through the years.

   Rosemary loved to sew and made blankets for all her grandchildren whom she loved to spend time with. She enjoyed playing card games, making crafts, bowling and singing Karaoke. Her grandson Noah could always make her smile and laugh her recognizable laugh.

   Rosemary is survived by her sons, Kelly (Laura) Schafer of St. Joseph, Kasey (Katie) Schafer of West Bend and Kregg (Stephanie) Shafer of West Bend; nine grandchildren, Kelsey (Ethan) Coleman, Kyle, Jordan, Clara, Henry, Cora, Cannon, Noah and Gabe Schafer; great grandchild, Quinn Coleman; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Neubauer of Ardmore, Okla. and Lois (John) Hostettler of Milbank, S.D.; brothers, Nick (Prudy) Hoch of Cylinder and Jim (Hazel) Hoch of Emmetsburg and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Kyle and Kirk Schafer and a brother, Tom Hoch.

   Memorials may be directed towards Hospice of the Heartland in honor of Rosemary.


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