Shirley Schaefer Obituary

Shirley Ann Schaefer
Shirley Ann Schaefer

January 19, 1937 - March 4, 2019
Born in Butler County, Iowa
Resided in Waverly, Iowa


Shirley A. Schaefer, 82, of Waverly, Iowa passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa.

Shirley Ann Schaefer was born on January 19, 1937, the daughter of Frank H and Ella Catherine (Conradi) DeBower in Butler County. She was baptized on June 14, 1938 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. Shirley married Oscar Lee Tennille at Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly on July 28, 1957. He died on June 14, 1963. She married Lawrence P “Whitey” Schaefer on July 31, 1976 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He died on January 20, 1995.

She graduated from Waverly High School in 1955. Shirley worked at the Old Waverly Municipal Hospital, Credit Bureau of Waterloo, Montgomery Wards Insurance Department in Chicago, Illinois, Koehring Cranes, Inc, HyVee Floral & Garden, Waverly Health Center and Waverly Senior Center.

Shirley was a member of Peace United Church of Christ. She belonged to the Prayer Shawl & Prayer group at the church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, walking, fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors are her brother, Dale F. (Judith) DeBower of Waverly, Iowa; nephews, Gary DeBower of Waverly, Iowa, Mark E. DeBower of Waverly, Iowa, Marc M. (Cathy) DeBower of Amelia, Ohio and Dane (Daeneen) DeBower of Waverly, Iowa; nieces, Marilynne (Phil) Davis of Walker, Minnesota, Cheryl DeBower of Waverly, Iowa and Pat DeBower of Waverly, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; brother, Wayne DeBower and two step-sons, William P. Schaefer and David Schaefer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:30 am at Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly with Pastor Jon Hennings officiating. Burial will follow in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly and also an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Waverly Health Center Foundation, Peace United Church of Christ or the Donor’s choice. Online condolences for Shirley may be left at

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly, Iowa is assisting the Schaefer family with arrangements. 319-352-1187




Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes, Inc.-Waverly
218 2nd Street SE P.O. Box 215
Waverly, IA US 50677-0215
Friday, March 8, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Peace United Church of Christ
1800 11th Street S.E.
Waverly, IA US 50677
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:30 AM
Harlington Cemetery
1001 1st Street S.W.
Waverly, IA US 50677
Saturday, March 9, 2019



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