Deborah L. Schafer
Deborah L. (Marsaglia) Schafer died Friday, September 7, 2012, after a courageous, 3-year battle with ALS. Although the disease robbed her of her ability to speak, eat, walk, and eventually to breathe, it could not take her positive spirit, the love she felt for family and friends, and the smile she displayed until the end.
Debbie will be missed most by her husband of 34 years, Dan, who she wed on August 12, 1978, her daughter and son-in-law, Rianne and John Zibutis, and her granddaughter, her “angel”, Anna Sophia Zibutis, who was born shortly after her diagnosis. One of Debbie’s biggest regrets is that her granddaughter was never able to hear her voice.
She will also be missed by her parents, John “Jim” and Bonnie Marsaglia, to who she was born on November 20, 1958; her brothers, Michael and James (wife, Kelli), and sister, Patricia, whose almost daily visits she looked forward to and cherished, and her feline friend, Chloe. She will also be missed by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Debbie was an organ donor and wanted her “Gift of Hope” to answer prayers of other families in need. She had a kind, gentle heart and her family takes comfort knowing it continues to beat for some lucky recipient.
Debbie was a 1977 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and worked in the insurance industry for many years, particularly with R.W. Troxell and Standard Mutual. She was a member of St. Agnes Parish.
She enjoyed cooking, something she became quite accomplished at due to the training she received from Rachel, Paula and Giada. Her frosted strawberry bread was a state fair ribbon winner and was enjoyed by many of the people she cared about. They will most certainly miss it.
She enjoyed shopping at Christopher and Banks, country music, a beer or two with dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, a nearly daily visit to the grocery store for something, and the Waltons.
She enjoyed traveling, particularly to the condo on Siesta Key, FL.
Her family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care and pampering she received from her caregiver, Frank Hollinshead, and Heart and Hand Care Service.
Visitation: 4 – 7 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 am Thursday, September 13, 2012 at St. Agnes Church with Reverend Robert Jallas officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation through Northwestern University, Northwest Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL or Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, Itasca, IL.
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I met Deb when we were working at Standard Mutual together. I did her hair for a few years. I lost touch with her years ago but I have thought about her often. My favorite thing about her was her giggle and the way she held her mouth and wrinkled up her nose. Loved her very much, and I will miss her even though I haven't seen her in years. Much love to Rianne and Dan.
I am so sorry for you loss. When I would go into RW Troxell she would greet me, we talked about many different topics. What a wonderful lady. Prays are with her family, she will be missed.
Patti, we are so sorry for the loss of your sister. I enjoyed working with Debbie at Standard Mutual and later learned that she was your sister thru Rusty. Rusty knew how close you were and is truely saddened. You have wonderful memories of Debbie to cherish forever.
With love and peace.
I will dearly miss my beloved sister.She had such a big heart and was always thinking of everyone else even til the end.Always worried about how i was feeling or if i was alright. A day never went by that we didnt laugh about something. She never let this horrible disease get the better of her. Fought til the very end ,with a beautiful smile on her face every single day. Not only was she my sis but she was truely my best friend. we shared everything. There will always be a big hole in my life that will never be filled. The only thing that gets me by is knowing that she isnt suffering anymore and she is in a much better place.
Debbie you will be missed greatly in this world but I know we will meet again. Give my mom and dad a hug. Your legacy will carry on with your daughter and granddaughter as well as your organ recipients. We love you angel in the sky!
Patty: This is your old friend from St Agnes. I am sorry to read of your sister's passing. Although in a much better place, it is never easy. Many blessings to you and the family. Please contact me.
Patti and all the marsaglias and Schafers, I am so sorry for the lost of Debbie, she if free now of ALS and is talking up a storm with our Lord, Patti I always thought Debbie was one of the most beautiful looking person to ever come from St. Agnes, even though we haven't seen each other in years I know how close you were to her always, My love and Prayers to all of you.
My prayers and sympathy to you as Our Lord raises her up on the breath of dawn to shine like the sun. May he also hold you in the palm of his hand to bear you up and fill you with hope.
Sharon Kelmel posted on 9/13/12
I worked with Debbie at R W Troxell & Co on many different levels from the first day she started there. We had many grandchildren conversations and she was so proud to be a grandma. She will be sadly missed, she always had a smile no matter what. Knowing that she's in a better place certainly helps to ease the pain. My sympathies to her family and all those who loved and knew her. God bless