Janice M. Shafer, age 79, of the Flying L Ranch in Bandera, Texas and the Lakes of the North in Elmira, Michigan departed this world after a series of health issues on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
She was born in St. Joseph, Michigan to Arnold G. and Maria E. (Antonovitsch) Damaske on Feb. 22, 1940.
Janice married Richard A. Shafer on Jan. 9, 1971 in Trinity Lutheran Church of St. Joseph, Michigan.
Mrs. Shafer graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1958 and from Benton Harbor Business College. She attended Lake Michigan Community College in Benton Harbor, Michigan and Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio.
She was employed by Clark Equipment Company (later known as VME) in Benton Harbor as an administrative assistant. In 1986, Janice and her husband transferred with the company to Ohio where they both continued to work and attend school until retirement in 1992.
Upon retirement, they moved permanently to their 20-year northern Michigan vacation retreat.
Janice enjoyed downhill skiing, snowmobiling, gardening, nature, photography, dancing and especially traveling throughout the U. S. in their RV with her husband every chance they could.
She was also active in volunteer projects for Lakes of the North, where they lived, and for many years, Janice and Richard were co-editors for Lakes of the North's Monthly Newsletter.
Mrs. Shafer's parents preceded her in death.
Janice Shafer is survived by her husband, stepson Kory A. (Donna) Shafer of Buchanan, Michigan, stepdaughter, Rochelle A. Roberts of Sheffield, Texas, two stepgrandsons, Kristopher A. Shafer of Traverse City, Michigan and Chad D. Shafer of Royal Oak, Michigan, a stepgranddaughter, Courtney L. Shafer and brother-in-law George W. (Janet) Shafer of Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Visitation was held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 1 – 2 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera. A service followed immediately, with Rev. Brady Eggleston officiating.
Burial will be in North Shore Memory Gardens of Hagar Shores, Michigan at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1226, Bandera, Texas, 78003 or Noah's Ark Learning Center, P.O. Box 655, Bandera, Texas, 78003.