Schaffner, Barbara

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Barbara Ann Schaffner, 89, formerly of rural Waldron, Mich., died Nov. 2, 2016, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold, Ohio, where she had resided since November 2010.

She was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Pioneer, Ohio, to the late Cecil and Evah (Bigbee) Goble. She married Milton Lavon “Mick” Schaffner on Oct. 6, 1946, in Fayette, and he preceded her in death Dec. 14, 2012.

Barb lived in several communities before moving to Fayette in elementary school. She attended Gorham-Fayette School where she graduated salutatorian in the class of 1945. She was an accomplished musician and attended Interlochen Music Camp between her junior and senior year of high school. Barb continued to live in the Fayette area the rest of her life. 

As a lifelong helpmate to her husband, Mick, Barb began farming in 1949 and continued until health conditions would no longer allow the physical work. After raising her children, she worked outside the home for her friends Bob and Elaine Eagle at Eagle Printing in Fayette, where she spent many enjoyable years. Barb was a longtime member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and the Fayette American Legion Auxiliary.

Barb is survived by four daughters, Kristine (and Robert) Keiser of Fayette, Colleen (and Merritt) Kimball of Worthington, Ohio, Marsha (and Kim) Winzeler of Fayette, and Nancy (and Trent) Lavinder of Fayette; a son, Philip Schaffner of Waldron; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and numerous step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Goble; a great-grandson, Kellen Keiser; and a daughter-in-law, Christine Alig Schaffner.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Andrea Curry officiating. Following, she will be laid to rest next to her husband in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the FUMC Family Life Center or the Fayette American Legion.

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