Deanna Mary Schaeffer, known to family and friends as "Dee", passed away on December 16, 2018 at her residence in Clermont, Florida. Dee was surrounded by family showering her with love and comfort until she joined our heavenly Father at the age of 81 years.
She was born to Leo and Madeline Hoylen on March 31, 1937 in Corry, Pennsylvania. Dee graduated from Corry High School in 1955 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelor's degree with an English major in 1959 and later a master's degree in Library Science from James Madison University.
In 1959, she married the love of her life Ted and had four beautiful children. Dee was an amazing mother who loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. She loved having her family together for Sunday dinners, family time, and the holidays. This filled her with so much joy.
Dee would light up a room with her warm smile and bright blue eyes. She was small in stature, but she made up for it with her spirit, humor, and her huge heart of gold. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She always made everyone feel loved and appreciated at all times. Her love for football was no joke….especially her Washington Redskins and Virginia Tech teams. There was much pleasure shared on Chincoteague Island with her husband Ted, spending time on beach trips, days at Disney with family, spontaneous adventures with her daughter Teri, and reading stories to her grandchildren. Dee had a strong faith in God, which she instilled in her children and those around her.
Prior to Dee becoming a librarian, she taught high school english and math with the Women’s Auxiliary Wives Club in Virginia. She was the first librarian at Christa McAuliffe Elementary also in Virginia and retired after years of love and dedication to the school and children. Dee was pivotal in the opening of the library and creating an environment where children grew their love of reading. She also served by helping others learn to read through the Clermont Library literacy program.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren; Tabb (wife Beverly, children; Rebecca and Ted), Mark, Teri, and Steven (wife Shannon, children; Trevor, Allison, and Ryan); sister Kathy (husband David), her beloved puppy Gabi, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Deanna is reunited in heaven with her beloved husband Ted. She is predeceased by her mother and father, Madeline and Leo, brother Billie and sister Grace.
Viewing ceremony will be held on Friday December 21, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Becker Funeral Home, 806 W. Minneola Ave. Clermont, Florida.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 720 12th St. Clermont Florida.
Burial with her husband Ted at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia at 11:00 am on Friday December 28, 2018.
Dee had so much love and respect for those serving in the armed forces. Her request was that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund in lieu of flowers.