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Heather Shea Schafer

October 10, 1968March 15, 2021

Heather Shea Schafer (Morrison) Heather Schafer at the age of 52, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 15th at her home in Arnold, Maryland.

Born October 10, 1968 in Monterey, CA, she is the oldest child of James Morrison and the late Renna Morrison. She leaves behind her fiancé, Joseph Harthcock, her son, William Schafer; sister Sheehan Misko, brother-in-law Ronald Misko Jr, nieces Kelsea and Kaylin Misko; brother, MacKenzie Morrison; Aunt and Uncle, Missy and Jon Morrison and several cousins.

Growing up in Salem, Ohio, Heather went on to graduate from The Ohio State University, held a master's degree in nonprofit and association management from the University of Maryland, and earned her Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. She served as an administrative member of the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland since 2020. Heather served as CEO for 27 years with the National Volunteer Fire Council where she made a significant impact on volunteer fire and emergency services.

Heather enjoyed everything about Maryland and living and on the water. She loved spending time boating, kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Wednesday, March 24th from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm immediately followed by a service at 1:00 pm. Both the calling hours and service will be held at John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, a non-profit providing the freedom and therapeutic value of boating for those with disabilities or recovering warriors at (https://secure.givelively.org/donate/chesapeake-region-accessible-boating-inc), or the National Volunteer Fire Council at http://bit.ly/nvfc-donate.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Memories

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Joyce n Dan Palmer

March 25, 2021

We remember this young lady back in the 80's as a close family friend n lifeguard ( for our boys) at the Salem Country Club. U couldn't meet a nicer person. Thank u for posting the pictures. She has grown into a beautiful woman but taken too quickly. Miss u Salem people, Mori, Mac n Sheehan. The Palmers.

Cynthia Saunders

March 24, 2021

Joe...my heart is breaking for you. Words cannot express how much.

Precious is the word that comes to mind when I think of Heather...She was humble and kind. Beautiful and true in every way. And how much she loved my brother has endeared her to my heart forever. She is missed every moment.

Sara Yerkes

March 23, 2021

My condolences to Heather's family and all her friends and colleagues. I met Heather back in the 1990s. Not only was she a smart, intelligent woman, she was also a very nice person. Kind, personable, friendly, always with a smile and a positive demeanor. She took over as CEO of one of the major fire service organizations in the USA as a very young woman. So glad NVFC recognized her leadership skills and entrusted her with leadership of the volunteer fire service. She was devoted to NVFC and passionate about the fire service. Heather was the kind of person that made me feel lucky to have known her - there are people that enhance our existence and that whether you see them every day or once a year it is like you have never been apart. Dear Heather, rest in peace. You will always be remembered and loved by those who had the privilege of knowing you.

Paul Acosta

March 22, 2021

Heather, I will never forget the day you welcomed me into the NVFC family. I was so nervous and your encouraging words made my first-day jitters go away! I will truly miss you and your leadership and God Bless.

Theresa Cox

March 22, 2021

Heather....my favorite cousin, a great friend and loved you like a sister. So many wonderful memories...from kids hanging at Salem Country club, your house and Guilford Lake to spending time as parents with our kids. They loved you so much...you were the ‘coolest’ cousin!! So blessed to have you in my life and so happy to see you enjoying life with Joe. You deserved so much good in the world because you always put others first. Until we meet again ❤️

Ron Misko

March 21, 2021

We are going to miss Heather. I’ve only known her for 20 years but from the beginning she treated me like family. I could not have had a better sister-in-law. Actually, being an only child, I always wanted a younger sister. In her I had one. I will miss giving her a hug when seeing each other, sharing laughs, and drinking wine on her porch back in the day. We, Sheehan, her, Mac and I were supposed to grow old together. I am sad that we won’t be able to that with her. I love her and look forward to having a glass of wine, a hug, and laughs in heaven.

Cheryl kampfer

March 21, 2021

Our dearest cousin,Heather
We will miss you so much. Our families grew up together, we had so much fun over the years. We would visit you in your home in Millersville,sometimes at Thanksgiving and other times during the summer. You introduced us to Rehoboth Beach, that was your favorite beach, and soon became one of our favorites. We are so grateful for those times and when you would come to visit your dad in Salem, you always made time to visit us here in Canton.
You truly did find your soul mate in Joe. What a great guy!! You were truly blessed.
Rest in heaven now
We love you
Steve and Cheryl

Thad Smith

March 21, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss. Heather was a caring person and well-liked. Heather was a childhood friend of mine in Salem along with her family. We enjoyed time at the Salem Country Club and at her family’s home on Newgarden next to the Drotleff family that used to take care of me.

Cheryl kampfer

March 21, 2021

David Bryson

March 21, 2021

I first met Heather when I joined the NHTSA (US DOT) Office of EMS in 1995 as she had recently taken over in her leadership role at the NVFC. Through the years, Heather and I would catch-up at many national EMS and fire service meetings across the U.S. - and after pushing to improve fire and EMS in meetings all day - we'd mostly chat about THE Ohio State Buckeyes or the magic of the Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay area. I will so terribly miss getting the chance to work with and then catch up with Heather. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all of her family and friends.

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