OBITUARY

Grace Hinsch Schaeffer

30 May, 193630 May, 2021
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Grace Hinsch Schaeffer, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 30, 2021 while living in Orange Park, Florida. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, grew up in Secaucus, and graduated from Hackensack Medical Center School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She was a member of Advent Lutheran Church and enjoyed being a member of the Advent Lutheran Church Quilters. She was also a member of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Ladies Auxiliary for many years.

Grace met her beloved Bing (Gordon B. Schaeffer) in Secaucus and they married in 1957. Grace was a loyal Air Force wife and accompanied Bing wherever he was stationed around the United States. Their family grew with the addition of five children. In 1966, Grace and their 5 young children accompanied Bing when he was stationed in Taiwan. Upon returning to the states, their sixth child was born. Grace and Bing taught their children to know and love God, and by their actions taught us the importance of family, kindness, generosity, and hard work. Mom loved a clean and orderly house, a beautiful garden,and always had a list of things to be done. Along with Bing, she always found time for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mom was introduced to Ocean Grove, New Jersey, by Bing's parents before they married. She treasured the time spent in "God's Square Mile" with her immediate and extended family and many friends. We cherish the memories made there with Mom and in all the homes around the world that she and Dad made for all of us.

Mom faced many health struggles throughout her life; the devotion that Bing showed, along with her strength and determination, and strong faith in God has set an example for all of us who love her so much. The last weeks of Mom's life were bittersweet; this time she was ready to "go home" to Jesus. We mourn the loss of her earthly presence, but rejoice that she is in a new heavenly body, free from pain. We know she will still prompt Bing to take care of the house and garden the way she would want him to, and we expect that she is enjoying "coffee and cake" with loved ones who were waiting for her in heaven. Grace was a spunky soul, and that has been passed on to each of her children and "grands" in one way or another.

Grace was predeceased by her parents: George and Christina Hinsch and brother, George Hinsch. Survivors include her loving husband of more than 64 years, Gordon B. Schaeffer; children: Cathy Palmer, Gordon B. Schaeffer Jr.(Sharlet), Grace Ann Shotwell (David), Melissa Smith (Mickey), David Schaeffer (Heather) and Jeanne Maszy; siblings: Jean Deaton and Christina Hinsch; grandchildren: Jessica Biggs (Josh), Jeremy Palmer, Amanda Dodds (Travis), Adam Palmer, Christina Hanna (Richard), Gordon B. Schaeffer III, Kathryn Schaeffer, David M. Shotwell III, Sarah Shotwell, Rebecca Smith, Shayne Smith, Trevor Smith (Audrey), Samantha Schaeffer, Michael Schaeffer and Grace Maszy; great-grandchildren: Mason Biggs, Aubrey Biggs, Adriana Garrett, Callie Dodds, Ella Dodds, Grayson Dodds, Ryan Hanna, and Leila Hanna; and a host of extended family and friends. Family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 5-7 PM at HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday June 16, 2021 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd, Orange Park, FL. Burial will follow at 1 PM in Jacksonville National Cemetery, 40833 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her honor to: Advent Lutheran Church. Please post words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Grace was predeceased by her parents: George and Christina Hinsch and brother, George Hinsch. Survivors include her loving husband, Gordon B. Schaeffer; children: Cathy Palmer, Gordon B. Schaeffer Jr. (Sharlet), Grace Ann Shotwell (David), Melissa Smith (Mickey), David Schaeffer (Heather) and Jeanne Maszy; siblings: Jean Deaton and Christina Hinsch; grandchildren: Jessica Biggs (Josh), Jeremy Palmer, Amanda Dodds (Travis), Adam Palmer, Christina Hanna (Richard), Gordon B. Schaeffer III, Kathryn Schaeffer, David M. Shotwell III, Sarah Shotwell, Rebecca Smith, Shayne Smith, Trevor Smith (Audrey), Samantha Schaeffer, Michael Schaeffer and Grace Maszy; great-grandchildren: Mason Biggs, Aubrey Biggs, Adriana Garret, Callie Dodds, Ella Dodds, Ryan Hanna, Grayson Dodds and Leila Hanna; and a host of extended family and friends.
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    Tuesday, 15 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 16 June , 2021

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Jean Deaton

14 June 2021

I never liked Grace’s Birthday it being on Memorial Day Secaucus always had a big parade. Aunts, uncles , cousins and friends came after the parade everyone came to our house and had a big celebration. This year on Grace’s 85th Birthday she received the best present of all, her mansion in Heaven and celebrating with Mom, DAd, and George.
Grace until we meet again, Rest In Peace. All my memories are deep in my heart.
Until we meet again rest in PEACE my beloved sister.
Love Jean

Jean Deaton

14 June 2021

I always dislikedvGrace’s Birthday it bring on Memorial Day . Secaucus always had a big parade and Aunts, Uncles, cousins fried came and after the parade would come back to our house for a celebration. My Birthday in December no celebration. This year for Grace’s 85th birthday she received the best present of all. Grace received her mansion in Heaven and reunited with Mom, Dad, George and many family members.
God works in mysterious ways, May 30 I was asleep and I distinctly heard Grace’s voice, Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie I awoke looked at the clock it was 7:58 our address on Humboldt Street. I went to Secaucus that day and while in front of 758 Humboldt Street, Cathy called me to say Heaven had another Angel.,

Grace until we meet again all your love and memories will be in my heart.
My Beloved Sister Rest In Peace. Love Jean

Jean Deaton

14 June 2021

As I sit here. I am thinking of the good memories my sister a grace had tears of sadness and tears of happiness are trickling down my cheeks, sorrowful and happy tears.sad tears that I will no longer to,be able to pick up the phone and have a (gab vest) but happy cheers that Grace will have no more falls.
Grace was not only my sister but my best friend. We always got along real well. Grace was the best sister I could have asked for, she was always there for me. If it came to helping with homework or any other chores we had to do. We both cleaned the house on Saturday while Mom and Dad took George with them to grocery shop or what ever other things that needed to be done. I remember Grace cleaning Mom s bedroom and always saying “Minnie Mouse shoes. I have no idea why she did not care for them. We both cleaned both cleaned our room together, but, she always made me clean the bathroom.

We had a good childhood doing many things together. We would pull the red wagon from Central Lane to the A and P in the plaza going was not bad but coming back was all up hill and that was a chore. We took turns washing and drying the dinner dishes. Grace would wash one week and I would dry, the next week I would wash and she would dry. Sometimes when it was her turn to wash she would tell me to go ahead and wash which I did and then say you have to dry because it was your turn to dry , so I would dry them , did what ever Grace told me to do.

After we got married we still did fun things together. My Daughter would go to visit and take day trips with her, Cathy, Jessica and Jeremy. So places we went were Saint Mary’s to see where Cathy went to college. Another one was to Annapolis, Maryland we were all so crabby that day we considered buy T shirts saying we are crabby today.. we also went to Charlottesville and eat at Mickies Tavern an old stage stop. Ocean Grove was another fun do with Grace. There were many other fun things.

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Janet Schaeffer

14 June 2021

My best memories of my Aunt Grace are centered in Ocean Grove. She and Aunt Nan and Grandma helped out with our costumes for youth group plays, and sewed and crafted long, Victorian-style gowns and bonnets for us to wear on Sundays during OG’s centennial year.

I remember calling my mom from the phone booth in front of the Shell Shop to ask if I could join my cousins to go see the new James Bond movie that was showing up at the Strand in the North End. She said No, probably because she thought it was too risque. Well, Aunt Grace let me go with the others anyway (Yay! Thank you Aunt Grace!). I sat in the dark waiting for the swear words or the racy parts but there weren’t any, just some women in bikinis. (Obviously the double entendres flew right over my head.)

For many years, long after it was reasonable to expect them, Aunt Grace sent me birthday and Christmas cards, and I so appreciated that she was thinking of me. When I saw her on visits she’d look me in the eye and ask how I was doing with an uncommon interest that was genuine, not perfunctory.

Aunt Grace was a good sport who was always ready to have fun, like the time she won a silly hat-making contest at my Tante’s birthday party. She supported us in all our endeavors, even debatable ones, and she accepted us as we were, without judgment, extending help and cheering us on. Her heart and her mind were open to new ideas, which is no small thing.

In my mind’s eye I’ll always see Aunt Grace across a family-packed dining room table, or sitting on the hard seats in the back of the Auditorium, or holding court with neighbors and friends on the sand or the sidewalk in front of her house. She is integral to my most cherished Ocean Grove memories, and she will always be admired and loved, and sorely missed.

Christine Schaeffer

11 June 2021

Aunt Grace was everyone's greatest advocate and cheerleader. She was intent on getting to know each one of us, and offered her support in unique and special ways. One of my earliest memories are of the special dolls she sent us as gifts from Taiwan (which I'm sad to say, I no longer have). As a teen, I remember her helping me set up a shower at 74 - which may seem like a small thing to some, but to me, it was big; it was a way to support my independence during what was a formative time of my life. And when many (many, LOL) years later Bob and I were married, she made certain that she was in Ocean Grove for our wedding, and that made it all the more special for Bob and me. 

I always marveled at the way in which Aunt Grace seemed to know everyone in Ocean Grove and the latest in terms of what was going on in their lives. I can also remember her speaking of how she cared for her mom in her final years/months/days, and how she wouldn't have traded that time with her for anything; and I then watched her turn that same care towards her Ocean Grove neighbor, Dottie.

That was how she cared for us all.

I'll always cherish the hang-times we had at the beach and the many dinners at 74, 71, 80, and all around town; and I'm looking forward to hearing and sharing more memories with Uncle Bing and all our cousins as we gather to celebrate her life and who she was.

With much love and my deepest condolences to Uncle Bing, Cathy, Spanky, Grace Ann, Missy, David, and Jeanne, and all the family.

xo

Pem Schaeffer

1 June 2021

I have a number of distinct memories of Grace, Bing, and Family. I am Bing's youngest brother by 8 years. So Grace probably thought of me as the brat in the family.

I remember my parents and I visiting them, I believe in Lake Charles, LA, when I was in my teenaged "getting ready to drive" years, when Bing, as I recalled, let me take what I remember as a 54 Mercury coupe for a drive around the block.

I also remember many shared days at the beach in Ocean Grove, and "walking the boards" down to Asbury Park with Grace, Bing and their kids. I remember pushing a stroller for one of them....Grace Ann, I think.

Those were the good old days, as they say.

Our prayers for the family for God's solace and comfort in these trying days.

Pem & Joy and family

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