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Schoolcraft United Methodist Church
Thursday May 13th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Thursday May 13th, 2021

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Joel and Dolores Shaffer

Dolores Ann and Joel Lee Shaffer, of Schoolcraft passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021. Dolores was born on October 1, 1936 in Ashland, OH. She was the daughter of Adrian Lawrence and Annabelle (Rannals) Ewing. Joel was born November 13, 1937 in Mount Gilead, OH. He was the son of O.J and Donna (Newcomer) Shaffer. Dolores and Joel were high school sweethearts, and graduated from Cardington High School with the Class of 1955. On November 9, 1954 they were married in Indiana. Together they raised three children: Melody, Michael, and Teresa Dolores worked as a secretary for Western Michigan University and Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. Joel was a retiree as an engineer for General Motors Fisher Body. He received his Associates Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Joel and Dolores were faithful members of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church. At church Dolores was an active member of the Women’s group and Joel was a lay minister. They enjoyed spending time with their family, camping and traveling. Joel was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Dolores was a member of the Eastern Star. In Joel’s spare time he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and bicycling. Dolores enjoyed genealogy, ceramics and quilting. They are survived by three children: Melody (Mark) Stieve, of Allegan; Michael (Pam) Shaffer, of Portage; Teresa (Charles) Paradine, of Schoolcraft; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Also survived by Joel’s sister, Leona (Ernie) Benedict, of IN; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dolores is preceded in death by her parents Annabelle Ewing and Adrian Lawrence; one sister Judy Beacom. Joel was preceded in death by his parents O.J and Donna Shaffer. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10 to 12noon at the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, 342 North Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. A graveside service will follow at Schoolcraft Cemetery at 12:30. In accordance to the State of Michigan COVID precautions, those that plan to attend the visitation and graveside, are asked to wear mask and social distance. At the graveside service, a drive will be left open for elder to be dropped off, and attendees are encouraged to bring a chair to sit. While at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign Joel and Dolores guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. Those who wish may make contributions to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, and Arthritis Foundation. The Shaffer family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 409 South Main, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269) 649-1697.

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A candle was lit in memory of Joel and Dolores Shaffer

Debbie Thorpe Jul 13 2021 7:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel and Dolores Shaffer

bruce robinson May 16 2021 3:13 PM

So very sorry to hear of Joel and Dolores' passing. My favorite memory of Dolores is when her sister Judy (who was married to my brother Roger) lived in Cardington. Judy had some of the neighborhood kids there and the kids were wiping off the kitchen table. They were wiping the crumbs onto the floor. Dolores had a fit. She said - Let me show you how to wipe off a table the right way without the crumbs going onto the floor. She proceeded to demonstrate and then made the kids "do it right". Deanna and Jim Ralph

Deanna Ralph May 14 2021 9:47 AM

Joel was a steadfast and loyal GM employee at the then GM plant in Comstock. My prayers go out to their family during this most difficult time. Jack A. Smith - Labor Relations/Personnel Dept.

Jack A. Smith May 13 2021 3:21 PM

Melody, Mike and Theresa, Your parents were a shining example for all of us at SUMC. They were devoted to God, to their church family, and to one another. May the Lord comfort and bless you.

Marge Buelke May 13 2021 9:46 AM

Joel and Delores were such good friends of my family. They helped us whenever we needed it. They were wonderful people. Melody, Mike and Teresa, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Pam Cowgill May 12 2021 9:13 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all . God Bless and keep you all safe

gary rhodes May 12 2021 9:10 PM

Deepest sympathy to Melody, Mike ,Theresa and family. We are saddened and shocked by Joel and Dee's passing. We have many fond memories of Joel and Dee and neighbors of our years in the Virginia Downs neighborhood. Rest in peace until we meet again with our Lord and Savior. Gary and MaryJane Prebay, Surprise, AZ. Kimberly Prebay, Scottsdale, AZ.

Gary & MaryJ Prebay May 12 2021 7:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel and Dolores Shaffer

Bob & Char Robinson May 12 2021 6:23 PM

To the entire Shaffer family, we are truly sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. The Holling Family:heart:

Kim Holling May 12 2021 12:33 PM

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