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1937 Eileen 2022

Eileen Schaefer

June 13, 1937 — July 20, 2022


Eileen Mary (Wieczorek) Schaefer, 85 of Winona, passed away on July 20, 2022 at Brookdale Senior Living.

She was born on June 13, 1937 to Isadore and Mary Wieczorek of Belleview, IA.  Eileen always knew she would have to work, she began working at age 11 in the scullery at St. Theresa’s College.  On June 21, 1955, she married Marcel “Bud” Schaefer, but continued to work.  In 1966, Eileen was hired as the first female postal worker in Winona and 20 years later, became the first female postmaster of Minnesota City.  She was a pioneer.  She retired in 1996 after 30 years of service.  In retirement, she continued working a variety of jobs to keep busy.  In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, camping, and traveling. 

Eileen is survived by her loving children, Joe (RoseMarie), Larry (Deb), and Peggy; grandchildren, Niki, Velvet, Crystal, Christina, Ryan, Hailey and Sara; great-grandchildren, Jared, Chloe, Braedon, Zachary, Matthew, Zoey and Nora; siblings, Jimmy (Joan), Dixie) Don, Larry (Rita), Maryann, Tom (Kris) and sister-in-law, Elaine.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Isadore; husband, Marcel “Bud”, brothers, Wayne “Bud” and David; sister, Marjorie and granddaughter, Hillary.

A Celebration of her life will be 7 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2022 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview, led by Funeral Celebrant, Jodi Heim.  Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m.  Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.

Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.

The service will be livestreamed. Please follow the link below to join.

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