Ellen M. Schaefer, 91, of rural Columbia City, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at her home.
She was born March 25, 1923, in Columbia City, to Grant M. and Belle (Walker) Knight. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
She was united in marriage to Earl G. Schaefer May 4, 1940. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to their home in Union Township around 1960. Mr. Schaefer died July 7, 2002.
She was employed at Supermarket Service in Fort Wayne for 10 years.
Surviving relatives include three sons, Richard D. Schaefer, Gary A. (Stacey) Schaefer and Joseph L. (Jodi) Schaefer, all of Columbia City; a son-in-law, Gerald Hoag of Columbia City; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Russell Schaefer; a daughter, Penny Hoag; four brothers, Theodore, Earl, Lewis and James; and three sisters, Anna Mae Reiff, Doris Walda and Florence Winebrenner.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City. The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Riley Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com .