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Carole M. (Long) Schaefer

December 28, 1933 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Carole Schaefer Obituary

Carole M. (Long) Schaefer, 89, of Lawton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at Vineyard Assisted Living in Kalamazoo. 

She was born December 28, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Martin Long and Stephanie (Rainie) Long.

Carole had many hobbies and interests throughout her 89 years of life. She was an avid book reader and a member of the Lawton Book Club. She also was a very active member of the East Van Buren County Seniors club and the Bronson Lakeview Auxiliary club. She also worked at the Community Thrift Shop.  Every month, Carole would get together with her old coworkers from Kalamazoo, and have dinner. She also met once a month for lunch with the class of 1951, Paw Paw High School. Carole had a huge love for Willie Nelson. She and Julius traveled around the country to see him perform in concert. She also traveled the country with her beloved children to show them the world. They enjoyed many camping and fishing trips as a family. 

On March 23, 1952, she married Julius H. Schaefer who preceded her in death April 5, 2017.

She is survived by her four sons; Paul (Carla), Keith (Sandy), Ronald (Susan) and Gary (Stacy) Schaefer, 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, brother; Donald (Sis) Long and daughter-in-law; Elizabeth Schaefer. 

Carole was preceded in death by her son, David Schaefer. 

Family and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 63855 M-40 Highway, Lawton, where a celebration of life service will commence at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Ashlei Horn officiating. Following services there will be a time of food and fellowship at the church. Interment will then follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lawton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lawton. 

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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
63855 M40
Lawton, MI 49065

Celebration of Life
January 27, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
63855 M40
Lawton, MI 49065


Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
63855 M-40, Lawton MI 49065
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