MARGARET ANN SCHAFER WHITEIS - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:00 am

Margaret Ann Schafer Whiteis, 90, of Huddleston

Margaret Ann Schafer Whiteis, 90, of Huddleston died Sunday, November 13, 2011 in Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born in Danville, Ill. on January 23, 1921 a daughter of the late Louis Schafer and Rosa Lehnen Schafer. Margaret was a communicant of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford. She was raised in a large and loving family of six boys and six girls. Between World War II and the Korean War, eight of her brothers and sisters served in the military; their father was a civil service marine engineer at Pearl Harbor, assessing damage to incoming combat. In March, 1943, Margaret volunteered as a WAC under Oveta Culp Hobby, and after graduating from basic training was stationed at an airfield in Pecos, Texas providing frequency & modulation checks to cadets aspiring to become bomber pilots. She was the first member of her company to be sent overseas shortly after D-Day, after communication lines throughout the European Theatre became operational. In Paris, she served as a supervisor until the Germans surrendered in May of 1945, and victory in Europe was declared, then she received her honorable discharge in November 1945. All members of the Schafer family, through devout prayers returned safely home to Lafayette, Ind. Her key passions were volunteer work in public and private schools, promoting Pro Life activities and in representing her country abroad in the Foreign Service. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dale O. Whiteis; her children, Peter Whiteis, Judith Whiteis, Anita Fucci, Barnabas Whiteis; her sister, Beatrice Steiner; her brothers, Walter and Louis Schafer; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2011 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Bedford with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery in Moneta. A reception will follow the burial at Resurrection Catholic Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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