Ruth A. Shafer, 95 of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 11:45 am on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, December 17, 2012 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9-10:30 am on Monday at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow services at Germanville Cemetery in rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Ruth was born July 27, 1917 in Bowen, Illinois a daughter of Charles and Lois (Martin) Thompson. She married Ronald C. Shafer on November 8, 1936 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on January 26, 2009.
She is survived by four sons: Kurt, Greg, Scott (Statta) Shafer all of Chatsworth, IL, and Tod (Donna) Shafer of Channnahon, IL; two daughters: Karen Kamin of Schaumburg and Jill (Frank) Hughes of Ann Arbor, MI; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one infant grandchild, two brothers, and one sister.
Ruth was a homemaker her entire life and enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was very involved with her church, the Chatsworth Evangelical Church, now known as the Chatsworth United Methodist Church. Ruth was a member there for 65 years, treasurer for 30 years, president of the United Methodist Women’s Club for two terms, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the church choir.
Ruth was also a member of the Chatsworth Community Choir, the Junior Women’s Club, and served on the Fairbury Hospital Board for many years. She enjoyed traveling and playing board and card games with family members and friends.
Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt who will be greatly missed.