Funeral services for Page Schaefer were held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory SD with Pastor Royal Archer, officiating.
Music was provided by Geoff Smith, soloist, accompanied by Bette Fogel, pianist.
Goldie Warnkvist and Betty Warnkvist were in charge of the guest book and flowers.
Casket bearers were Shelli Spellman, Becky Brown, Sheila Jensen, Kathy Hanrahan, Melissa Petersen, Janette Walker and Natalee Graesser. Honorary casket bearers were Jill Barreto, Beth Ekiason, JoAnn Eliason, Sheryl Klein, Heather Fox and all of the Avera employees that meant so much to her.
Interment was in the St. Peter/Paul Cemetery in Butte, NE. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Page Marie Schaefer was born on September 15, 1988, in Winner, SD to Lorene Schaefer. Page attended the Gregory School System for all of her school years, graduating from Gregory High School in 2007. Page had to work hard in school and would spend many nights at the Jacobsen’s doing homework with help from Kristen, her former third grade teacher.
Page had her share of physical ailments over the years. She suffered from problems with her ears her entire life, needing tubes put in almost yearly. As a result of these ear problems, Page was unable to speak until the age of three and spent hours with speech therapists.
Page and Lorene did everything together. Page would often go with her mom to wherever she was working. By doing this, Page learned from her mother how to be a caring and loving person and she also met a lot of people.
Page worked for several hunting lodges over the years, Travnicek’s, Stukel’s, and South Fork. She also worked for B & F Variety, Sissy’s Café, and Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. Page’s personality fit well for all these jobs as Page was a people person. At B & F, Page was always helpful and friendly. If you were a regular at Sissy’s she would remember what your usual was. The nursing home is where Page’s people skills shined both as a CNA and as an Activity Aide. She really got to know the residents and their families. Page received two Caring Awards and one Service Award from Avera during her five years of working there.
Page loved going to concerts and to the Sturgis Rally in the Black Hills. She also enjoyed going out for a good meal with friends. But the thing Page enjoyed most was staying connected with her friends. She would spend much of her free time messaging friends on Facebook or texting or calling them. Page was a giving person that gave of her time to the people she cared about.
From an early age Page was a part of Mark and Kristen’s lives. When Page lived just down the street, she would pop over often to visit. Later the Jacobsen’s helped Lorene and Page with moving, going to doctor visits, and whatever else they could. Page had surgery to help with her back problems and it was then that she moved in with Mark and Kristen so they could more easily care for her. Page was living with them when Lorene passed away unexpectedly the day after Page’s 26th birthday and helped her through that difficult time. Although Page did not have family that lived close by, she had found a big family with the Jacobsens, her work family, and her friends.
Page recently had ankle surgery because of a car accident. Page passed away unexpectedly, of a blood clot, related to the ankle surgery, on December 27, 2019, at home, at the age of 31.
Page was preceded in death by her mother Lorene, her grandparents Herman and Irene Schaefer, and her aunt Deanna.
She is survived by special friends Mark and Kristen Jacobsen and their families, by her uncle Larry (Laura) Schaefer, her aunt Carol (Leonard) Howard, and other cousins, relatives, and many friends.