Carol A. Schafer, loved to travel
Bucks County Courier Times
Carol A. Schafer of Bristol Township loved traveling to Canada with her husband of 40 years, George.
“We'd love to drive there at least once, sometimes twice a year, especially after we retired,” said her husband. “We'd principally go to Quebec City, Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact, we returned from our seventh trip to Labrador just before Labor Day.
“Even when our kids were young, we'd take them to Niagara Falls and Toronto; it's beautiful there and the people are friendly and there is no crime. In June, there are still icebergs and plenty of moose running around.”
She also enjoyed gardening with her husband and cared for a variety of house plants, perennials, rose bushes and other flowers. As well, she enjoyed needlepoint and spending time with her two children and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Schafer, 68, died Dec. 18 of kidney complications after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“I don't think this has all sunken in just yet,” her husband said. “My parish said that after reality sets in, the pain will be there, but it will gradually be replaced by all the wonderful memories.”
Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., she was a resident of Bristol Township for more than 37 years and was formerly from Bensalem. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
She was a dedicated homemaker and was employed many years ago as a special education teacher's aide for six years with the Bristol Township School District.
Mrs. Schafer also was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
“She was always concerned about others and she made more friends than I did; I'm more reserved,” he said.
Her husband said that they used to joke about all the people they knew that had long marriage engagements.
“I met my wife at Yale University, where I went for a Chinese language course, courtesy of the United States Air Force,” he said. “At the time, she was working as an executive secretary and we were engaged March of 1965.
“After I was discharged from the Air Force, we finally got married on April Fools' Day in 1967. She and her parents planned a wonderful wedding, and we had a wonderful 40 years.”