Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Charlene Virginia Schaeffer

September 11, 1935September 12, 2019

Charlene Virginia Schaeffer, age 84, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Charlene was born on September 11, 1935, in Winchester, VA to Dorothy Virginia Grimm and Ralph Charles Grimm. On September 7, 1957, she married Benjamin Keith Schaeffer of Johnson City, TN, a 1956 Graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, whom she had met and fallen in love with in Cape May, NJ.

Charlene was a 1958 Graduate of Madison College (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, with a BA in Home Economics. She loved to cook and experiment with recipes. She also had a keen eye for style and enjoyed doing a variety of arts and crafts, from flowers to fabrics.

Charlene and Ben enjoyed living many places during his tours of duty which included: San Francisco, CA (where all three of her children were born); Sangley Point, Republic of the Philippines; Port Angeles, WA; Chicago, IL; Cape May, NJ; Savannah, GA; New Orleans, LA; Kodiak, AK; and Cleveland, OH.

In 1993 she and Ben moved to Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa, FL to enjoy the multiple opportunities for sun, golf, friends and family. Charlene was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River. She was devoted to God and Church and passed on that love to family through her words and actions.

Charlene was preceded in death by her husband Ben, father, Ralph, mother, Dorothy, and brother, David Grimm. She is survived by her, daughter Valerie Sarrett (John) of Richmond, VA, sons; Karl Schaeffer (Beth) of Harrisonburg, VA, and Kenneth Schaeffer of Florence, KY, grandsons; Kory and Kristian Schaeffer of Harrisonburg, step-grandsons; Mead, Jack and Scott Sarrett of Richmond, brother Ronald Grimm (Jan) of Sumter, SC, sister Sharon Wright of Winchester, VA, and other extended family including many loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 28, in the Chapel at the Monte Vista Funeral Home and Cemetery in Johnson City, TN., officiated by Pastor Scott Thompson, and preceded by a viewing beginning at 1:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Charlene V. Schaeffer, to the “Food Pantry” at the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River (1501 SE Highway 19, Crystal River, FL 34429), or to Vitas Hospice C/O Vitas Healthcare, P.O. Box 1330, Lecanto, FL 34460.


  • the late Ralph Charles Grimm, Father (deceased)
  • the late Dorothy Virginia Grimm, Mother (deceased)
  • the late Benjamin Keith Schaeffer, Husband (deceased)
  • the late David Grimm, Brother (deceased)
  • Valerie Sarrett, Daughter
  • John Sarrett, Son-in-law
  • Karl Schaeffer, Son
  • Beth Schaeffer, Daughter-in-law
  • Kenneth Schaeffer, Son
  • Ronald Grimm, Brother
  • Jan Grimm, Sister-in-law
  • Sharon Wright, Sister
  • Kory Schaeffer, Grandson
  • Kristian Schaeffer, Grandson
  • Mead Sarrett, Step-Grandson
  • Jack Sarrett, Step-Grandson
  • Scott Sarrett, Step-Grandson


  • Viewing Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Committal Service & Interment Saturday, September 28, 2019


Charlene Virginia Schaeffer

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Joyce Brogdon

September 21, 2019

I am so sorry to hear the news of Charlene's death and will pray for the family as they grieve for her.
Charlene was a beautiful person, always ready to help others. She was such a wonderful friend to everyone. Our husbands were classmates at the academy and our families served together throughout their Coast Guard careers.
My sincere sympathy to all the family. May God keep you In His loving care and give you His peace.
Joyce Brogdon