Stanlee Lonsdale Schaffer

September 26, 1938June 13, 2018

(Mrs.) Stanlee Lonsdale Schaffer, 79, known always as “Lee,” died in Atlanta, GA, on June 13, 2018. She was born September 26, 1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, during one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history, to Stanley Johnston Lonsdale and Martha Clark Lonsdale. After receiving her A.B. in mathematics from Middlebury College, Vermont, and her A.M. in linguistics from the University of Michigan, she moved to Atlanta in 1962. She did research for various departments at Georgia Tech before marrying William Arthur Schaffer in the courthouse at Monticello, Georgia, on December 31, 1969. She has lived in Atlanta for fifty-six years, working in various editorial capacities while volunteering in libraries, archives, and sports organizations. She served the U.S. Figure Skating Association as a judge and committee member (recently receiving an award for her fiftieth year of service), and acted as secretary of the boards of directors for both U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Atlanta, in 1980 and 2004. She was a member of North Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Atlanta and Georgia Figure Skating Clubs, the Junior League of Atlanta, the Atlanta World War II Round Table, the Vinings Village Women’s Club, and the Georgia Tech Faculty Women’s Club, among others, while also volunteering at the American Red Cross, the Atlanta Historical Society, and the Westminster Schools libraries. Lee loved her family, music and books, flowers and birds, Georgia Tech athletics, miniature Schnauzers, college students, playing the organ, baseball, sketching, and the sea. Mrs. Schaffer is survived by her husband, William A. Schaffer; her son Samuel Lonsdale Schaffer, his wife, Dana Lanier Schaffer, and granddaughter Ernestine Clark Schaffer, of Washington, DC; her son Edward Clark Schaffer, his wife, Karleen Diane Schaffer, of Easthampton, MA; and cousins William B. Rogers, of New Market, VA, and Nathaniel C. Stoddard, of Eagle, CO. If desired, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, or the U.S. Figure Skating Association Memorial Fund, in memory of Stanlee L. Schaffer. A service will be held on June 30, at 2:00 pm, at H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill, 1020 Spring St, NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Stanlee Lonsdale Schaffer

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Paricia Davidson

June 24, 2018

I send my sympathy to each family member. I was a Middlebury classmate of Lee's and was also a math major. We had many classes together, so I have fond memories of sharing interesting problem solving sessions. She will be missed by all of us at the next reunion.
Patricia (Sherlock) Davidson ' 59

Kathleen Boucher

June 14, 2018

My dearest friend Lee I will miss spending time with you watching the deer run up into the field beside your home, Ice Cream parties and Events that we would go to together like the Fox to watch Miracle on 34th street and the Dirty Dancing show we went to see together and you sang along. Seeing the excitement and you sharing stories of your past like what it was like when your Anniversary to Mr. Bill would come up and the two of you take off to Monticello to go to dinner and be where you were when you married so long ago. I will miss seeing you and Mr. B and how sweet I always thought it was that you would go to Panera's with him when he was meeting his ole' cronies and you would sit at a table to make sure everything was alright. I will miss hearing you get so excited about GT games coming up I would keep Bond and you two would take off and hang out with the 'young kids" because that was important to you. I don't know what they will do without you. I know this much, they will miss you. The Ice skating world that you were a judge for, for over 50 years oh how they will miss you as well. You affected my life in so many ways, when I got divorced you always kept an eye on me to make sure I was okay. We always seem to be connected in such a way that if I needed something you knew it and if you needed something I knew it. Last Tuesday being able to say Goodbye meant so much to me. We held hands, we cried and said our I Love you's. I will MISS SO MUCH of you. You will live in my heart forever.