Lynnette Schafer, 44, Austin

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lynnette Kay Schafer of Austin died Feb. 18, 2008, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester; she has already given new life to recipients through LifeSource.

She was born Aug. 7, 1963, in Wadena to Joseph and Gladys (Johnson) Hansen. Lynnette was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena.

She graduated in 1981 from Wadena High School and from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Minneapolis School of Business as a court reporter. She married James T. Schafer March 16, 1990. They lived in Plainview until 1991 when they moved to Austin. They have two sons, Thomas and Andrew. She worked with Rice Reporting Agency until 1998 when she went to work for Freeborn County. She enjoyed her bowling team and she was a member of the &8220;600&8221; Club. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed walking for the Cancer Society and for the March of Dimes.

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She is survived by her husband Jim; sons Thomas James and Andrew David; mother Gladys (Charles) Chase; brother Chris Hansen; sister Cynthia Schmalz; brother-in-law Scott Sammons; and mother-in-law Nancy Smith. She had four nieces, five nephews and a special friends Samantha, Joshua and Christian Gage, all of whom she adored; aunts, uncles and 13 cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph J. Hansen; grandparents Harold and Alice Johnson, Edna and Joseph A. Hansen and cousin Bob Brockpahler.

Active pallbearers are Brixanne Schafer, David Schafer, Joe Atneosen, John Lembcke, Ryan Olson, Alex Krachmer, Mike Mallan and Woody Nordstrom.

Honorary casketbearers are The Greenman Bowling team, Sue Mielke, Terri Erkmeier, Casey Bernholtz, Bert Jochunsen and Carol DeRaad.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one hour before the service at the church.