Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 12, 2011
OBITUARY ~ HELEN JO SCHAFER
February 9, 1932 ~ May 4, 2011
Helen Jo SCHAFER, daughter of Roy (Foxy) SCHAFER and Mildred (Ginn) SCHAFER, was born February 9, 1932 at home near
Stringtown, Iowa. Helen graduated from Cromwell High School in 1950. She moved to Mount Ayr the same year and stated
working at Ruth's Café. She would also work at the Shamrock Café. Helen Jo worked 21 years for the local telephone
company; beginning in Mount Ayr and later transferring to the office in Chariton, Iowa. Helen Jo retired from Contel
Telephone Company in 1987 and moved back to Mount Ayr in 1988.
Helen Jo loved to crochet and was very good at making various items. She crocheted as long as she could 'work the hook.'
Helen Jo also made dolls and was a very good candy maker.
Helen passed away on May 4, 2011 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her parents;
brother Robert Allen SCHAFER; sister Lois Ann SWANKE; nephews Mike, Tom, and Ted MOFFITT; niece Judy SMITH; and her
trusted and beloved dog Megan.
Survivors include her brother William SCHAFER and wife Wilma of Corning, Iowa; sister-in-law Wilma SCHAFER of Mount
Ayr; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.
Services were held Saturday, May 7, 2001, at 2:00 p.m. at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, with Rev. Terry ROBERTS officiating. Musical selection included "How Great Thou Art: and
"In the Garden."
Casket bearers were Rick ANDREWS, Ron FRANKLIN, Syd COMER, Randy ANDREWS, Don WOODS, Dan CARL and
Honorary pallbearers included Steve MOFFITT, Kevin SCHAFER, Duane SCHAFER, Rick SCHAFER and Allan
Helen was laid at rest in the Stringtown Cemetery in Lenox.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2011
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