2014-11-13 / Obituaries

Ella Norma Schaefer

March 13, 1919 - Nov. 6, 2014

Ella Norma (Mitschke) Schaefer was born March 13, 1919, in Lee County near Giddings, Texas the daughter of Oswald and Emma Mitschke. She was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau, Texas, attended the church’s school for 6 years and completed confirmation. Ella was a long time employee at the Bell Telephone Company in Giddings. After moving to Austin, she worked at E. M. Scarbrough’s for 15 years and Montgomery Wards in Capital Plaza for 10 years. She loved retail sales and working with children’s clothes.

On April 10, 1948 she married Emil Schaefer of La Grange, Texas, her husband of 66 years. Ella loved life and greeted her many friends, family and neighbors with a smile and endless stories.

Ella passed away the morning of Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Austin.

She is survived by her husband, E. B. Schaefer; two sons, Ronnie and Randy Schaefer; her brother, Sonny Mitschke; sister, Mickey Mitschke, many loved nieces and nephews and extended family, and by her beloved cat, Pepper, who stayed with her to the end.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Emma Mitschke; brothers, Charlie Mitschke and Walter Mitschke; sisters, Gertrude Nimtz, Minnie Nimtz, Rosie Davenport, Leona Knippa and Ruby Lee Rost.

Funeral services for Ella Schaefer, 95 of Austin, were 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin with Rev. Mark Nuckols officiating. Committal services were held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 10, 2014 in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Ella requested that any memorials be given to the Lutheran Hour or to a church of your choice.

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