Lorraine D Schaefer

June 10, 1925November 4, 2018

An angel got her wings on Sunday, November 4, 2018 and that angel belonged to us. Our mom, mother-in-law, her sister Helen's adoring little sister, our grandma, our aunt, cousin and friend to all, Lorraine Dolores Schaefer transcended peacefully into heaven on the anniversary of her late husband George’s passing two years before her at the age of 93. Lorraine was never late, but she was for this date she had with George. She just had more lives to touch before she parted this earth. Lorraine was born on Main Street in Rahway, NJ in a 3 story house right next to the Rahway Theater on June 10, 1925 to Christine and Anthony Izzi and her big sister, Helen. Growing up her grandparents lived on the top floor of the house which just added to the adventures of childhood. As children, Lorraine and Helen loved to tiptoe over their grandfather’s pristine green grass to the tall hedges to listen to the vaudeville performers sitting outside the theater gossiping on the other side of the hedge. Their parents would give them a nickel when they got older to enjoy movies at the theater. Lorraine was a graduate of Rahway High School’s class of 1943 and a member of the National Honor Society. When Lorraine was in high school, she met her husband George, at a church dance. When World War II broke out and George was drafted, he asked Lorraine to marry him. She of course said yes. When the war ended George traveled cross country by train to marry his sweetheart and they settled into married life. They had 3 children, Sandy (Susi), Diane (Preston), Melanie (Zoltan). Lorraine loved to be involved in her community. When the family lived in Illinois she volunteered as a Gray Lady for The American Red Cross at Great Lakes Naval Hospital aiding soldiers returning from Vietnam. She also worked as a children’s librarian at the Deerfield Public Library when we lived in Illinois. Those were 2 positions she took great pride in. She also worked at Merck & Co in Rahway, NJ right out of high school and returned to work there when the family returned to NJ in the 1970’s. Lorraine and George also lived in Nevada, California, and Arizona. They finally settled in Colorado, so as Lorraine said, she could be closer to heaven. She loved the snow capped mountain peaks. She always enjoyed trips back to New Jersey to see the ocean and her family. Lorraine was an amazing grandma to her 4 granddaughters, Christine (Sean), Adrienne (Mike), Nicci (Jordan) and Danielle (Billy). They were the apples in her eye. Lorraine loved to take walks, read and was a skilled seamstress, sewing clothing and teddy bears, even quilting comforters. Her shower curtains were always of her own creation and admired. Lorraine loved to bake and cook, entertaining was in her blood. We were a well fed family. There was always good food in the fridge and on the table and always enough for guests. Her chocolate layer cakes, homemade cannoli, éclairs, and the sour cream apple pies were legendary amongst our friends and relatives. She put lots of love into whatever she made. Lorraine especially loved chocolate and we made sure she always had chocolate to enjoy. Like multiple vitamins, chocolate was an important food group! Eat your dessert first and enjoy life! We would like to thank the staff at ManorCare of Denver for the exceptional loving care they gave Lorraine over the last several years and also Human Network Systems for their guidance, love and compassion helping us make sure our parents were as comfortable as possible. Services will be held at a later date


Lorraine D Schaefer

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