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Fern Schafer

Jan. 21, 1920-May 30, 2010

Fern K. Schafer, 90, of Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park, died Sunday, May 30, 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Fern Kathleen Schamens was born to Russell and Mildred (Gray) Schamens on January 21, 1920 in Cando, N.D. She was raised in Cando and attended nurse's training at St. John's in Fargo, graduating in the spring of 1950 as a registered nurse.

Fern married Charles Schafer on September 12, 1950 and they eventually made their home in Rolla, N.D. Fern went back to college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and graduated in 1980 as a nurse practitioner. She returned to the Rolla community, where she worked as a FNP for the hospital, clinic, Rolla school system and the Rolla County Jail, until retiring in 1994-95.

Fern and Charles moved to the Detroit Lakes area, spending their summers at Strawberry Lake and winters in Wes Laco, Texas.

Surviving Fern are her two sons, Russell (LuAnn) Schafer of Auburn, Wash., and John (Kimberly) Schafer of Audubon; sister, Linda Shaffer of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Margaret Mundy, Susan Mundy, Michael Mundy, Christopher Christensen, Benjamin Christensen, Brian Schafer, Emmie Schafer Bauer, Stephanie Schafer, Typhanie Schafer and Brittanie Schafer; and great grandchildren, Abigail Mundy, Makena Mundy and Anissa Mundy.

Preceding Fern in death were her parents; husband, Charles (2006); and two daughters, Vicia Schafer Miller (2007) and Kathleen Schafer Hedge (2008).

A mass of Christian burial is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at