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Donna J. Schafer

July 31, 1949 June 24, 2022
Donna  J.  Schafer
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Obituary for Donna J. Schafer

Donna J. (Carlson) Schafer, age 72, beloved wife of Roy G. Schafer passed peacefully at her home with her family by her side.

She was born in Arlington, July 31, 1949, a daughter of the late Frank O Sr. and Mary J. (Longleway) Carlson and lived in Medford before moving to Billerica in 1969.
Donna graduated from Medford High School in 1967, she was also a graduate of Middlesex Community College. After her education, Donna held many jobs including being an employee as a Chiropractic Assistant at Billerica Chiropractic for many years. She worked at the former Lynnway Auto Auction as an auction clerk and most recently was an Observational sitter at Lowell General Hospital, a job that she loved because she was able to help the less fortunate and sometimes spent the night working alongside her younger brother Jackie Carlson who was also employed at LGH. Out of all her employment opportunities, being a mother took the number one spot on her list of responsibilities. She took care of everyone as if they were her own.
She was an avid member of the Billerica Senior Center. Donna had many adventures with “The Girls Night Out” ladies and was a former member of The Red Hats. For years, Donna and her husband Roy coached the Red Sox of the Billerica Little League’s Challenger Division, who Donna was an instrumental fundraiser for. She could be found more often than not in her yard tending to flower beds and the lawn in the spring months in order to make sure her greenspace would be respected by neighbors and passersby. Most important to her was spending time with her husband and children; especially her nine grandchildren, who remember Donna as the Commander and Chief of all family affairs.

Besides her husband Donna is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Bourdeau and her husband Chester of Billerica: two sons, Steven Schafer and his wife Susan of Atkinson, NH. And Eric Schafer and his wife Mary Ann of Billerica; one sister Nancy Kendall of Malden; three brothers, Frank Carlson Jr. And his wife Christine of Edgewater, FL, Leo Carlson of Acton and Jack Carlson of Wilmington; nine grandchildren who she loved to watch grow and mature, Jordan, Deandra, Travis, Adrianna, Erica, Brady, Gavin, Shelby and Mavrick as well as many friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica Tuesday from 3 - 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish at St. Andrew Church, Talbot Ave., N. Billerica at 10 a.m. Burial at Fox Hill Cemetery. Celebration of life to follow Burial at Tewksbury Country Club. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, Donna wishes all to go out with their loved ones and have dinner together, “as life is too short to not bond over a good meal”.
“She fought the fight and finished the race”

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

28

Jun

3:00 PM 6/28/2022 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/28/2022 7:00:00 PM
Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home

66 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821

Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home
66 Concord Road Billerica 01821 MA
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

29

Jun

10:00 AM 6/29/2022 10:00:00 AM
St. Andrew Church

45 Talbot Ave.
N. Billerica , MA 01862

St. Andrew Church
45 Talbot Ave. N. Billerica 01862 MA
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

29

Jun

11:00 AM 6/29/2022 11:00:00 AM
Fox Hill Cemetery

130 Andover Rd.
Billerica, MA 01821

Fox Hill Cemetery
130 Andover Rd. Billerica 01821 MA
United States
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