Shirley Linn Schafer

August 9, 1947May 2, 2021

Shirley Linn Schafer, age 73 of West Peoria, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on August 9, 1947 in Peoria to Edward and Virginia (Plowman) Stewart. She met George L. Schafer, Sr. in junior high and they married on July 1, 1965 in Peoria. Shirley is survived by her husband George of West Peoria; daughter, Denise Helmantoler-Schafer of Mackinaw; grandchildren, James (Amber) Towle of Mackinaw, Breanna Helmantoler of East Peoria, George L. Schafer (Molly) III of Peoria Heights, and Sarah Schafer of Naples, FL; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Rodriguez of Naples, FL, Ava and Francis Tagham of Chillicothe, and Hazel Schafer of Peoria Heights; brothers, Richard (Lois) Shaw of Lakeland, FL and Ricky (Michelle) Stewart of Morris; and sisters, Peggy Hanson of O’Dell and Judy Frazier of Magnolia. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, George L. Schafer, Jr.; grandson, David P. Schafer; brothers, David and Terry Stewart; and sisters, Penny Sherman and Linda Bockman. In her free time, Shirley enjoyed reading and crafting, with stained glass and crocheting being her favorite. She cherished her family and time spent with them. It was Shirley’s wish to be cremated, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Online condolences may be made to


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Tony and Kim Setraycic

May 4, 2021

Tony and I loved visiting with Shirley. Always good conversation and lots of laughter. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all during this time for the loss of this wonderful Sister, Wife, Mother, Friend and gentle soul.

Judy Towle

May 4, 2021

To the family of Shirley Schafer:
Just want to say I always liked Shirley she was a fine lady a very good mother and a grandma that loved her grandkids. She had a beautiful smile. I enjoyed being around her.

Angie Braten

May 4, 2021

Oh Shirley you always called me Angel. Always had a smile and a hug. Truly one of a kind! May you rest in peace..

Love Always,

Denise Helmantoler

May 4, 2021

Mom, you were an amazing woman. Every day there was a trivia question when I'd get home from school or a did you know fact. Mom was a great cook that came from a huge family, so to this day I don't know how to cook unless it's for an army of people lol. You will be missed deeply but now the suffering is over. I'll forever miss and love you Mom. Xoxoxox your daughter Denise

Cheryl Schafer

May 3, 2021

Shirley was quite the card! When I turned 40, I came out of work, there was a sign “Lordy, Lordy guess who’s is “40”. There were signs like that all the way home and of course in front of my house! She worked very hard on that one! She was so much fun! I will miss her! I know she is up there catching up with all the family!