Louise M. Schaeffer, 94, of Wyomissing, passed peacefully into eternity on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 2:03 am at the Mifflin Center, where she had been a patient since April. She was surrounded by members of her loving family.
Louise was born October 21, 1928, to Carl and Jestina (Hoffman) Manbeck in Reading, PA.
She graduated from Reading High School, where she excelled as a student. In her youth, Louise loved to horseback ride, write poetry, and sketch portraits. When her mom fell ill, Louise tended to her dutifully.
Louise married Edward Harold Schaeffer on August 23, 1947, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage until his death in 2010.
As an adult, Louise worked as a medical assistant, but her primary focus was her family and her faith. She loved family gatherings and travelling domestically and abroad with family and friends.
She was a devoted member of the New Apostolic Church, where she sang in the choir and served as the congregation’s alternate organist. Her quiet, yet steadfast demeanor provided comfort to many souls in need.
Louise is survived by eight children: Edward K, Sherry E. (Klonis), Sandy L., Jestine J. (Stanley), Mary A. (Hetzel), Kathy A. (John Pauley), Louise M. (Portman), and Scott R.; seven grandchildren: Kristina D’Amore, Jason Klonis, Michelle Ebersole, Stacy Owens, Joshua Schaeffer, and Stephanie and Taylor Portman; six great-grandchildren: Veronika and Giovanni D’Amore, Saige Neider, and Channing, Destin, and Marina Ebersole; and four great-great-grandchildren: Isaac and Khloee Townes, Sophia Zohlman, and Jaxon Ebersole.
Louise is also survived by her half-brother, Brooke Manbeck, and first cousin, Joannie Kemp, as well as many, many friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was predeceased by grandson, Ryan (2008).
A memorial service will be held for Louise at New Apostolic Church, 6291 Perkiomen Ave. (Rte. 422), Birdsboro, PA 19508, on Saturday, August 26, 2023. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Fellowship will follow.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to be made via offering or in Louise's name to New Apostolic Church: re Charitable Ministry at https://www.nac-usa.org/connect/serve.
Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the Schaeffer family. Condolences may be expressed at KuhnFuneralHomes.com.