A funeral service for Leona Schafer, 92, of Baker was held Aug. 20, 2013 at American Lutheran Church in Baker with Pastor Bruce Kolasch officiating.
Posted on August 22, 2013
A funeral service for Leona Schafer, 92, of Baker was held Aug. 20, 2013 at American Lutheran Church in Baker with Pastor Bruce Kolasch officiating. Burial was in Bonnievale Cemetery. Family received friends Aug. 19 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker.
Leona passed away Aug. 13, 2013 at the Peace Hospice House in Great Falls.
Leona Susanna Scheuffele Schafer was born Aug. 1, 1921 at Long Lake, S.D., the daughter of John and Bertha (Scheid) Scheuffele. She went to country school in Dakota until 1928 when the family moved to Montana. They lived on Ed Ehret’s place for a couple of years and went to the Ehret School. After her folks bought the Joe Riley place, she went to the Riley and Dry Fork Schools through the seventh grade. From then on she went to Plevna School, graduating in 1941. Leona married Ted Bechtold Sept. 28, 1941. The couple lived in various places in Fallon County. They purchased the Noftsker place and built it up on the 101 Road. To this union, seven children were born. Leona worked at the Baker Public Library for a year and was on the library board. She was also on the church council for many years and taught Sunday school. Leona shared her time and talents during volunteer week. She was a member of the ALC and ALCW all of her life and a 40 year member of the Legion Auxiliary. Leona was also a Pinkie and worked at the Pink Touch Gift Shop for many years. Leona was married to Wayne Traweek from 1970-1977, and later married John Schafer in 1984. John passed away in 1992. Leona enjoyed reading, word searches, playing games, and pulling pranks. She was also a great cook and was known for her kuchen. She enjoyed being busy and staying active, always being faithful to her exercising until she entered the hospital.
Leona is survived by her seven children: Saundra Iverson of Great Falls, James (Marlene) Bechtold of Spearfish, S.D., Vicki (Rick) Chapman of Helena, Sherri (Rick) Bandy of Great Falls, Terry Bechtold of Billings and twins Edward (Babette) Bechtold of Renton, Wash. and John Bechtold of Vancouver, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Fritz, of Spokane, Wash.; and two sisters-in-law, Doris and Lucille Scheuffele.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Ted Bechtold (1968) and John Schafer (1992); three brothers, Edmund, Gustow and Alfred Scheuffele; three sisters, Viola Scheuffele, Annie Noftsker, and Annette Lundgren.
Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church, Baker, MT.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com