Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                                     Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach




Page Sa through Schafer


We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.



Sackett, Jane Elizabeth,  (d. 1-03-1936; b. 1865; TS; (Sachett?) OC; Strates; dc) “Jane Elizabeth Sackett. Died: 1-03-1936, Odessa, WA. Mother: Jane E Irwin.  Father: Darvis Irwin.  Spouse: Widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Jane Elizabeth Sackett, 71, who died on Saturday after a lingering illness, was buried from the English Congregational Church on Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev M. J. Galler officiating.  Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery with the Odessa Grange in charge of the cemetery exercises. The choir of the English Congregational Church sang at the services.  Jane Elizabeth Irwin was born near Battle Creek, MI, Nov 2, 1864, and spent her girlhood days around Bellevue and Battle Creek. On March 13, 1888 she was married to Edgar Daniel Sackett. With her husband she came west, first going to Chicago, then to Michigan and finally to the far west, locating at Tacoma.  For a time they lived in California, where Mr. Sackett died. Since that time she has made her home in Odessa, living with her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Graedel. She is survived by two sons, William D. Sackett of Lansing, MI, and Robert Irwin Sackett of Sacramento, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Goodrich of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Mrs. C. H. Graedel, Odessa, and 6 grandchildren.  Pallbearers were selected from Grange members and included Joe Laney, B. J. Lyons, Joe Herman, A. A. King, F. B. Totusek and Charles Porter.” (Odessa Record: 1-10-1936)


Sackmann, Amelia,  (d. 4-08-1980; b. 3-29-1893; TS; OC; dc) “Amelia Sackmann. Died: 4-08-1980.  Birth: 3-29-1893.  Widowed. Father: Albert Albrecht. Mother: Emilie Zeitlow.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) "Funeral services were held April 11 for Amelia Sackmann, 87, who passed away April 8 in Odessa Memorial Hospital. She was born March 29, 1893 in Elk Rapids, MI. She spent most of her life in the Odessa area. On Dec 1, 1912 she married Fredrick Sackmann at Lind, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, August. Mrs. Sackmann is survived by four daughters, Elsie Miller, Spokane; Lois Ferderer and Verna Winter of Odessa and Marciel Smith of rural Ritzville; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; one sister, Elsie Moellering of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Mrs. Sackmann were held at 2 p.m. from Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Odessa. Pastor Kenneth Schauer conducted the service. Sacred selections were ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ sung by the congregation. Milton Sackmann, a nephew of Amelia sang ‘God Understands and Cares’ and ‘How Great Thou Art.’ Organist was Eileen Tanke. Pall bearers and honorary bearers were all grandsons and great grandsons of Amelia. The pallbearer included Roger Smith, Charles Miller, Larry Winter, Ron Ferderer, Jim Miller, and Bradley Greenwalt. Honorary bearers were Michael Miller, Wesley Miller, John Miller, Darryl Sackmann and Timothy Smith. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate’s Funeral Home of Davenport." (Odessa Record: 4-17-1980)


Sackmann, August F.,    (d. 1971; b. 1915; TS; OC; dc) “August Fredrick Sackmann. Died: 3-21-1971, Odessa, WA.  Mother: Amelia Albrecht.  Father: Fredrick Sackmann.  Spouse: Emma Hille. Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for August Sackmann were held at the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran church Wednesday, March 24, 1971, at 2 p.m. Rev Harold Lachmann officiated. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr Sackmann died suddenly Sunday morning, March 21, at the local hospital. He was born Feb 13, 1915 in Odessa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sackmann. He was a life-time resident and farmer in this area, and a member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Emma, at the home; one son, Darryl Sackmann, Bakersfield, CA; two daughters, Mrs. David (Leota) Greenwalt, Odessa, and Janet Sackmann, Spokane; his mother, Amelia Sackmann, Odessa, and four sisters, Mrs. Elsie Miller, Spokane; Mrs. Lois Ferderer, and Mrs. Verna Winter, Odessa, and Mrs. Marceil Smith, Ritzville. He is also survived by three grandsons, Bradley, Wesley and Jeffrey Greenwalt.” (Odessa Record: 1 April 1971)


Sackmann, Fred,   (d. 12-20-1951; b. 4-02-1888; TS; OC; dc) “Fredrick Sackmann. Died: 12-20-1951, 12 miles south of Odessa.  Mother: Dorthy Bausch.  Father: Christoff Sackmann. Spouse: Married.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card)  “Frederick Sackmann, 63, 35-year resident of this area, died Thursday afternoon of a heart attack in the yard at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Winter.  Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the Emmanuel Lutheran church south of Lauer, the Rev John Frese officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Pallbearers were chosen from the congregation, including Mike Winter, Herman Sieverkropp, Ernest Hardt, Jacob Greenwalt, Herbert Steffen and John Greenwalt. Milton Sackmann sang two solo numbers, accompanied by Mrs. Sackmann, and Jacob Weber Jr. played piano numbers. On the day of his attack, Mr. Sackmann and his wife had been to Odessa on a shopping trip and on their way home stopped at the Winter home. No one was home, and they started to leave, only to find that they were stuck in the snow.  After some shoveling, it was decided the car could free itself, Mr. Sackman to take the wheel while Mrs. Sackmann remained outside to push if necessary. When he failed to start the car, she noticed that he had slumped across the wheel.  Going by on  the highway at the time were a Mr. and Mrs. Kison of Ralston, and she called them to help.  About the same time the Rev Frese happened along. He and Mr. Kison slid the stricken man away from the steering wheel, and Rev Frese drove him to town in the Sackmann car, Mrs .Sackmann accompanying them.  Sackmann was pronounced dead on his arrival at the doctor’s office in town.  Born in Ackermann, Russia, April 22, 1888, Mr. Sackmann came to America at the age of 17 and located at Lind. On Dec 1, 1912, he was married to Amelia Albrecht, and they made their home in the Odessa area. Active in the Emmanuel Lutheran church for many years, Mr. Sackmann had taught Sunday School there for the past 18 years.  He is survived by his widow, Amelia, at the home; one son, August Sackmann, Marlin; four daughters, Mrs. Elsie Miller, Wilbur; Mrs. Lois Ferderer, Ritzville; Mrs. Verna Winter, Odessa; Mrs. Marciel Smith, Ritzville; 15 grandchildren; and 5 brothers, Gottlieb and John Sackmann, Sedro Wooley; Jake Sackmann, Lind; Andrew Sackmann, Davenport; and Adam Sackmann, Mabton.” (Odessa Record: 12-27-1951)


Sackmann, Herbert M.,   (d. 1972; b. 1915; TS; OC; dc) “Herbert Martin Sackmann. Died: 10-19-1972, Odessa, WA. Mother; Carolin Hillie.  Father: Martin Sackmann. Spouse: Ruth Isaak.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services were held Monday for Herbert Sackmann, 57, who died suddenly Thursday evening while a patient at Memorial Hospital, Odessa. The services were conducted by the Rev B M Schafer at the United Congregational Church in Odessa. Mr. Sackmann entered the hospital Sept 16, following effects of a heart attack. He later was released. Then last week after feeling ill for a time, he re-entered the hospital. During his stay there at the hospital he suffered a severe coronary attack. Though he appeared to have recovered from those effects he died suddenly Thursday evening seated in a chair at the hospital. Earlier his family and he had talked of his possibly returning home this week. Herbert Sackmann was born July 22, 1915, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sackmann, in Bauer Coulee, west of Ritzville. He attended school in Odessa and after graduating from high school, he took up farming some two miles northwest of his parents’ home. In the years since, he has farmed both his own place and that of his parents. He was married to Miss Ruth Isaak of Cashmere, and they had four children, Mrs. Sandy Moody of Twisp; Steven Sackmann of Othello; Jim Sackmann of Spokane; and Jack, a student at Eastern Washington State College in Cheney. The Moody’s have a son and daughter, and Jim Sackmann has a daughter. He was a lifetime member of UCC and was a member of the church board there, as well as chairman for two years. He was active in the Odessa Lions Club. He was a long time member of the board of the Odessa Grange Supply. He was one of the founding members of the WA Assoc. of Wheat Growers and was its first permanent treasurer. Mr. Sackmann is survived by his wife, Ruth, at the home; by a daughter, and 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. Also he is survived by 2 sisters and 2 brothers. The sisters are: Mrs. Wilma Lee of Portland and Mrs. Martha Weis of Seattle.  The brothers are Milton Sackmann of Ritzville and Dr Richard Sackmann of Yakima.  For the funeral service a men’s quartet sang “Does Jesus Care” and “Going Down the Valley”. Members were Hal and Del Kirstein, Del Cook and Gale Salo. Mrs. Delores Cook, the church organist, was accompanist. Pall bearers were Bill Zagelow, Don Evavold, Ray Suko, Bill Wentz, Vic Kramer, and Bill Richardson. Honorary Pall Bearers were Phil Schillinger, Ed Borgens, Dan Gettman, Don Frick, Ray Schorzman, Winston Weber, Al Wolf, A Scheibner and Carl Dammel. Conducting the services and vault entombment were in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Journal Times-Oct 26, 1972; Odessa Record of 26 Oct 1972 had less detail)


Salo, Ed,  (d. 1977; b. 1906; TS; OC; dc) “Edward Salo. Died: 12-08-1977. Birth: 7-03-1906, WA.  Spouse: Mary Lentz.  Father: Emanuel Salo.  Mother: Mathilde Frieske.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Edward Salo was born July 3, 1906 on the family farm near Odessa, WA, the son of Emanuel and Mathilda Frieske Salo. He attended school at Odessa. In Jan of 1930 he became a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Odessa. On Sept 21, 1930 he was married to Mary Lenz and they farmed for a number of years south of Odessa. Later they moved to a farm near Lamona. Mr. Salo retired in about 1960 and the couple moved into town.  Mr. Salo was an active and devoted member of the UCC, serving at one time as a Trustee and currently as a member of the Auditing Committee. He was a member of the church choir for many years and also a member of the Pairables Fellowship Group. Ed was a charter member of the Odessa Lions Club and the Odessa Golf Association and was an avid sports fan, attending the local games and being a friend of the players through the years. He spent many summer hours on the golf course, and was a member of a bowling team for years. Mr. Salo passed away very suddenly while bowling Thursday evening, Dec 8, (1977), as a result of a massive heart attack, at the age of 71 years, 5 months and 5 days. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Gale; a daughter, Marilyn, Mrs Marvin Fink; a7 grandchildren; a brother, Dave of Spokane; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Marshall of Ritzville; an uncle, Reinhold Frieske of Spokane. Funeral services for Mr. Salo were held in the United Congregational Church on Monday, Dec 12, at 2:00 with Rev Everett E Schoessler officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-1977) 


Salo, Emanuel,  (d. 1957; b. 1880; TS; OC; dc) “Emanuel Salo. Died: 7-26-1957, Odessa, WA. Mother: Unknown; Father: Samuel Salo; Spouse: Widowed.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Emanuel Salo, born 27 Jan 1880 in Russland..... In 1901 he married Matilda Frieske. In the year 1903 to America to Odessa, WA.  Matilda died in 1938. In 1941 he married Frau Lenhardt....  He died 26 July 1957 aged 77 yrs 5 months 29 days, survived by three children: Mrs. Bertha Marshall, Edward and David; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 4 step-children.... (Loose translation with major portions missing of “Der Kirchenbote” of August 1957.)


Salo, Johanna Lenhart,   (d. 1955; b. 1884; TS; OC; dc) “Johanna Salo.  Died: 1-28-1955.  Birth: 12-21-1884, S. Russia.  Married.  Father: Henry Richter. Mother: Barbara Adolph.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)


Salo, Mary,   (d. 1997; b. 1911; TS; OC; dc) “Mary Salo. Died: 3-06-1997; Birth: 3-20-1911-Odessa, WA. Spouse: Widowed.  Father: Friedrich Lenz; Mother: Lydia Frieske. Buried: Pacific NW Crematory, Spokane, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Memorial services were held on Monday, Mar 10, at the Heritage UCC in Odessa for Mary (Lenz) Salo, a lifetime resident of the Odessa area. Mrs. Salo died on Thursday, Mar 6, 1997, at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she had been a resident for the past two years. She was 85 years old. She was born in Odessa on March 20, 1911, the daughter of Friedrich and Lydia (Frieske) Lenz. She was graduated from Odessa High school with the Class of 1929. After graduation, Mary worked for the Odessa dentist, Dr T. F. Bresee.  On Sept 21, 1930 she married Edward Salo in a double wedding ceremony with Flobelle (Lenhardt) and Reinhold Frieske. The couple farmed south of Odessa and later near Lamona, building the family home in Odessa in 1939. Edward Salo died in 1977. Mary was very active in her church, the Heritage UCC. She sang in the choir, ... Gardening was a life-long passion, and she enjoyed playing Bridge, bottle and coin collecting and doing crafts, especially with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the children in her neighborhood. Winters were spent working long hours on her family history. She presented each of her children and grandchildren with personal volumes of their history... She compiled a complete record of her parents’, grandparents’ and relatives’ histories... At age 75 she walked and completed the Bloomsday Run in Spokane with her grandchildren. Mrs. Salo is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Fink and her husband, Marvin, of Odessa, and their children, Mary Beth Mitchell, Issaquah, WA, and Diane Floyd, Spokane, and Neil Fink, Odessa; her son, Gale Salo and his wife, Peggy, of Odessa, and their children, Wendy Cronrath, LaCrosse; Vicki Breland, Yuma, AZ; Betse Boughal, Olympia, and Lora Brewster, Yuma, AZ; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Martha and her husband Roy Sassman, of Wilbur, and Alma Hurley, of Edmonds, WA; sisters-in-law Bertha Marshall, of Ritzville, and Alyse Lenz, of Seaford, VA, and Amor Lenz of Concord, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Theodore Lenz, Jacob Lenz and David Lenz. The Rev Larry Pierson officiated at the services... Inurnment services at Odessa Cemetery preceded the memorial services. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (Odessa Record excerpts-Mar 13, 1997)


Salo, Matilda Frieske.   (d. 2-19-1938; b. 8-28-1880; TS; OC; obit; Strates; dc) “Matilda Salo. Died: 2-18-1938, Odessa, WA. Mother: Louise Reichter. Father: Wilhelm Friske. Spouse: Emanuel Salo. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Mathilde Salo. Birth: 27 Aug 1880. Died: 19 Feb 1938; age 57 yrs 5 mos 21 days. Gatte, 2 sons, 1 daughter.” (Congregational Church ledger by Schwabenland) “Matilda Salo. Residence: Odessa. Death: Feb 19, 1938 at 10:30 a.m. at home in Odessa, WA.  Informant: Emanuel Salo. Birth: Aug 28, 1880 in Russia. Age: 57 yrs 5 mos 21 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Last worked: 5 yrs ago. Total time spent as housewife: 21 yrs old when married. Husband: Emanuel Salo. Residence in Odessa: 9 yrs. Previous residence: 13 ½ miles SE of Odessa. Came to US 1903. Father: Wilhelm Frieske born Russia; Mother: Louise Reichter born Russia. Leaves Husband and 2 sons: Edward Salo, Odessa; Dave Salo, Odessa; 1 daughter, Bertha Marshell, Odessa; 3 grandchildren and 4 brothers, 3 sisters.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Death struck again into the ranks of the Odessa pioneers this week, claiming Mrs. Emanuel Salo, 62, and John Hoff, 75, after long illnesses. Mrs. Salo, pioneer of this region, died at her home Saturday. She was born in Russia, where at the age of 21 she married Mr. Salo. Two years later they emigrated and settled on a wheat farm southeast of town, from which they retired nine years ago.  During recent years she had been ill and with husband traveled extensively on the coast, seeking a climate that would give her greatest comfort. During her final illness the inhalator from the local fire department was used to ease her breathing.  She is survived by her husband, two sons, Edward and David, and a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Marshall, all of the Odessa area. Funeral services were held from the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev J. C. Schwabenland officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery.  Music for the funeral service was presented by a men’s quartet, including Gus Frieske, Ted Lenz, Al Kissler and Richard S_____, and a mixed duet, Mrs. Gus Frieske and Ted Lenz.” (Odessa Record: 2-24-1938; damaged paper)


Sartwell, Chleo,  d/o A. D.  & E.   (d. 11-07-1908; b. 11-06-1908; twin; TS; OC; DC)  “Not Named- Sartwell.  Female, white.  Birth: Nov 6, 1908, Odessa, WA. Age: 6 ½ hours.  Father: Addie D Sartwell, born Arkansas; Mother: F Emma Acuff, born Missouri. Informant: A. D. Sartwell, Odessa, WA.  Death: Nov 7, 1908, 5:45 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause of death: Premature birth 7 ½ months. C. E. Remaly, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Nov 8, 1908. Undertaker: none.” (WA State Certificate of Death) Family photo at Odessa Museum: “Twin Boys—Leo  and Chleo Sartwell. Born to—Adalaski Daniel Sartwell and Florence Emma (nee Acuff) Sartwell. Nov 6, 1908—Died—Nov 7, 1908. Buried in Odessa Cemetery. Photo donated by a granddaughter, Mrs. Beverly S Douglass. Photo taken by John Reimann, Odessa, WA.” The photo shows the twins side by side in gowns in a casket with the cover at the side with flowers and screws ready to attach.


Sartwell, Leo,  s/o A. D.  & E.  (d. 11-07-1908; b. 11-06-1908; twin; TS; OC; DC) “Not Named Sartwell.  Male, white.  Birth: Nov 6, 1908, Odessa, WA. Age: 3 ½ hours.  Father: Addie D. Sartwell, born Arkansas; Mother: F. Emma Acuff, born Missouri. Informant: A. D. Sartwell, Odessa, WA.  Death: Nov 7, 1908, 3:10 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause of death: Premature birth 7 ½ months. C E Remaly, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Nov 8, 1908. Undertaker: none.” (WA State Certificate of Death) Family photo at Odessa Museum: “Twin Boys—Leo and Chleo Sartwell. Born to—Adalaski Daniel Sartwell and Florence Emma (nee Acuff) Sartwell. Nov 6, 1908—Died—Nov 7, 1908. Buried in Odessa Cemetery. Photo donated by a granddaughter, Mrs. Beverly S Douglass. Photo taken by John Reimann, Odessa, WA.” The photo shows the twins side by side in gowns in a casket with the cover at the side with flowers and screws ready to attach.


Schaal, Andreas,   (d. 1961; b. 1885; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services will be held from the United Congregational church on Friday afternoon for Andrew Schaal, Odessa pioneer, who died at the Colfax hospital Tuesday. The Rev H. G. Pfeiff will be assisting the pastor of the Endicott church in handling the service. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Schaal lived in the Odessa area from about 1918 to 1932, then moved to the Lind area.  In recent years he had retired to a home in Spokane. When taken ill he was with a daughter living at Dusty.”  (Odessa Record: Oct 1961; scrapbook item)


Schaal, J. Reinhold(d. 1946; b. 1914; TS; OC; Cong) “Jacob Reinhold Schaal. Birth: 30 Nov 1914; Died: 14 Feb 1946. Odessa.” (Congregational Church ledger by Esslinger) “Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the United Congregational church for Reinhold Schaal, 31, who was electrocuted late Saturday afternoon while trying to connect the lights at his farm home to the REA line. The Rev E. Esslinger is officiating. Schaal, until recently an employee of the Odessa Trading Company, had quit to engage in ranching in the Washtucna area, and had been moving his household equipment there last week. Lights had been disconnected from the REA supply line last fall and Schaal was attempting to make this connection himself when caught by the current. The victim was rushed to Ritzville but died before reaching the hospital.  It is believed here that Schaal received the full voltage of the transmission line, which would be 7620, according to reliable sources here. Jacob Reinhold Schaal was born Nov 30, 1914, at Warden, and on Nov 17, 1937 was married to Miss Ella Martha Sauer. This union was blest with two children, Gary Duane, 6, and Janice Joanne, 5.  Survivors besides his wife and two children are his father, Andreas Schaal, Spokane; a brother, David Schaal, of Washtucna; four sisters, Mrs. Arthur Broeckle of Lacrosse; Mrs. William Crossett of Seattle; Mrs. Carl Fauser of Seattle; and Marie Schaal of Spokane; also one half-brother, Martin Schaal, and a half-sister, Luetta Schaal, both of Spokane; three step-brothers and two step-sisters.” (Odessa Record: 2-07-1946)


Schaal, Louise, see Raugust for TS and data

Schaal, Michelle Lee Missy,  (d. 3-11-1970; b. 3-27-1967; TS; OC; obit)  “Graveside services were held at the Odessa Cemetery on March 13 for Michell Lee, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Schall. She had died suddenly at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 11. Michelle was born in Long Beach on March 27, 1967, and baptized on June 25, 1967 in the First Congregational Church in Long Beach. Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by one sister, Gloria Ann; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hall of Davenport and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Iltz, Odessa; great grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Murbach, Davenport, great grandfather, George Iltz of Odessa, and great great grandmother, Mrs. Katherine Iltz, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 3-19-1970)


Schaal, Pauline,   (d. 1928; b. 1889; TS; OC)


Schafer, Alma,   (d. 9-15-1996; b. 10-08-1910; TS; OC; obit)  “Alma Schafer, a former resident of the Odessa area, died on Sunday, Sept 15, in Gladstone, OR. She was 85 years old. Miss Schafer had lived in the Portland area for many years. She was a retired employee of Fred Meyer, Inc.  She was born at the family homestead southwest of Odessa on Nov 8, 1910, the daughter of Conrad and Margaret Schafer. She was educated in the country school and was employed in Spokane and California before moving to Portland.  A memorial service was held at the Gospel Center in Portland on Sept 21.  Her ashes will be buried at her parents’ grave in Odessa Cemetery at a graveside service planned for a later date.” (Odessa Record: 10-03-1996) “A private family interment for Alma Schafer was held at the Odessa Cemetery on Oct 18 at 2 p.m., with Dick Clayton, a nephew, officiating. Alma was born Oct 8, 1910, on the family homestead southwest of Odessa, now being farmed by Tom Schafer. She was the youngest child of Conrad and Margreat Schafer. She was educated in the country school and attended Bible school in Los Angeles. She worked for many years as a domestic in Montana, Washington, Oregon and California. She lived in the homes an cooked, did housework and took care of the children. In later years, she was employed at Fred Meyer in Portland. She died Sunday, Sept 15, 1996, in a nursing home in Gladstone, OR. She was 85 years old.” (Odessa Record: 10-24-1996)


Schafer, Anna,   (d. 4-30-1953; b. 1866; TS; OC; dc) “Anna Schafer.  Died: 5-01-1953. Birth: 9-24-1866-Russia. Widowed. Father: George Bauer.  Mother; unknown. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Anna M. Schafer. Birth: 24 Sept 1866.  Died: 30 Apr 1953. Old age. 5 daughters.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev E. G. Klein) “Anna Schafer.—Funeral Monday, May 4, at 2 p.m. from the United Congregational church in Odessa, WA. Rev E. G. Klein officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Her home was in Odessa, WA. Survived by 5 daughters: Mrs. Anna Amen, Ritzville, WA; Mrs. Elizabeth Walter, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Emelia Ramsey, Wenatchee, WA; Mrs. Martha Cordes, Spokane; Mrs. Alma Amen, Norfolk, NE; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren. She was a member of United Congregational Church. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook)


Schafer, Brian D.,   (d. 5-11-1952; 7 mos19dy; TS; OC) “Brian Douglas Schafer. Burial on 5-14-1952 at Odessa; age 7 mos 19 days, cause of death: unknown” (Rev Hausauer’s Funeral Ledger) “Brian Douglas Schafer. Birth: 22 Sept 1951; Death: 11 May 1952.” (Congregational Church ledger by Rev E G Klein)


Schafer, Conrad,  h/o Marg.  (d. 11-10-1918; b. 11-18-1871; TS; OC; DC; dc) “Conrad Schafer. Male, white, married, warehouseman. Birth: 18 Nov 1871-Russia; Spouse: Margaret. Mother: Mary Ziler, born Russia; Father: Jacob Schafer, born Russia; Informant: Jno Schafer of Odessa, WA. Died: 10 Nov 1918, 8 a.m., Odessa, WA. Cause: influenza of 8 days duration; Contributory: lobar pneumonia. Lee Ganson, MD, Odessa.    Burial: Odessa (Cemetery), Odessa, WA, on 11-12-1918, G B Stone, undertaker, Odessa.” (Lincoln County Health death card & WA State Register of Death) ADD  Edit by family: Ziler is actually Zeiler)  


Schafer, Daniel,  (added) d. 11-16-1960 (dc) “Daniel Schafer.  Died: 11-16-1960. Birth: 6-01-1905, Odessa, WA. Never married.  Father: George Schafer. Mother: Katie Stroh.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)


Schafer, Donna,  (added) d. 7-09-2004 obit  “Donna Schafer, a longtime resident of Odessa, died Wednesday, July 9, 2004 in Boise, Idaho. She was 72 years old. She was born April 27, 1932, in Dryden, the daughter of Edward and Marie (Cook) Fisher. She retired from Odessa Memorial Hospital, where she was employed as a nurse’s aid. Donna was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa. She loved music and shared her musical talent with the community.; She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Schafer, in 1981, her parents and special friend, Ray Weisser. She is survived by two sons and two daughters, John Schafer and fiancee Amber Henderson, of Rathdrum, ID; David Schafer, of Athol, ID; Linda (and Berry) Smith of Carlisle, PA; and Deborah (and Marty) Michels, of Boise, ID; 6 grandchildren, Michelle Bourne, Cynthia Klinger, Ryan and Jeffery Schafer and Laio and Blaine Michels. 7 great grandchildren; one brother, Frank Els of Springdale; a sister Joyce Conklin, of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa with Pastor Tim Hauge officiating. Interment will be at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: July 15, 2004)


Schafer, Dorothea,  (d. 1917; b. 1828; TS; OC; Cong) "Marie Dorothy Schaefer. Aged: 89 yrs 1 mos 18 days. Dated: Jan 31, 1917. Burial: Odessa, WA." (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) "Another Odessa pioneer passed away early Wednesday morning when Mrs. Maria Dorta Schaffer died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Frick, southwest of Odessa of old age. Mrs. Schaffer was born in Russia in 1828 and was a little over 89 years of age at the time of her death. With her husband she emigrated to this country to join some of her children that had settled at Hastings, Nebraska. They lived there nine years and then moved to Odessa where they lived in the south part of town until eight years ago when her husband died and since that time she has made her home with her children. She leaves to mourn her loss, three sons and two daughters, John, Henry and Jacob Schaffer, and Mrs Henry Frick, all of Odessa and vicinity; and Mrs. John Stroh of Hastings, NE. Funeral services will be held today at one o’clock at the St Mathews church, Rev Albert Reimann officiating, after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Odessa Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 2-02-1917)ADD Edit by family: Maria Dorothea Hofferber was born 13 Dec 1827 in Frank, Saratov, Russia. Her parents were Adam Hofferber and Anna Margaretha Zitzmann. She married George Schafer who preceded her in death in 1909.)


Schafer, Dorothy Dean (Logsdon), (added)  Dorothy Dean (Logsdon) Schafer, 87, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Rockwood Manor, Spokane. She was born to Orin and Edna Logsdon in Sprague in 1918. She was a lifelong resident of Washington.  Dorothy graduated as salutatorian from Sprague High School in 1935. She attended WSU (then Wash. State College) and graduated from Cheney Normal School with a degree in education. She taught for a year in Sedro Wooley, WA, then at Ephrata Elementary. She married Paul J Schafer of Odessa, in 1942 and happily became a farmer’s wife. An active community member in Odessa, Dorothy was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church. She organized and led a community choir, was president of the PTA and was Odessa’s first elected woman school board director.  She was a leader both in Cub Scouts and Brownies. She enjoyed her bridge clubs, performances and discussions in the Reader’s Club and was Past Worthy Matron of Eastern star. Dorothy loved music, education and political debate. She had an insatiable curiosity and never tired of learning new things. She was a great encourager of young people. Dorothy kept in touch via the telephone and email with her many friends and family in her later years.  In their retirement years, Paul and Dorothy joined the Columbia Ramblers travel group and had many happy times as ‘snowbirds’ with many new friends. They moved to Rockwood Manor in 1994, where Paul preceded her in death in 2000. (edit: he was buried in OC) Growing up as an only child, Dorothy reveled in her large family. She is survived by one daughter and her husband, Jane and Tom Hilliard, of Moses Lake, and three sons, Keith Schafer and his wife Leanna, of Odessa; Evan Schafer, of Spokane; and Reid Schafer and his wife, Beth, of Connell. Grandchildren include Melissa Macduff and Emily Bucho, of Kennewick; Scott Schafer, of Edmonds, WA; Amy Wieseler, of Kent, WA; George Schafer, of Spokane; Michael Schafer of Seattle; Jacob Hilliard of Moses Lake; Andrew Schafer of Connell; and Noelan and Travis Schafer of Spokane.  Grandson Christopher J Schafer preceded her in death in 1994. Seven great grandchildren also survive her.  Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, and on Monday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at Rockwood Manor, 2903 East 25th Avenue, Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 7-14-2005)


Schafer, George,  h/o Dorothy(Dorothea)  (d. 1909; b. 1826; TS; OC; obit) “At Odessa, at the age of 81 years, George Schafer departed this life the 17th inst.” (Citizen-March 26, 1909) “George Schafer, the aged father of John Schafer, departed this life at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The cause of death was general debility, brought on by old age, deceased lacking but two months of being 81 years old. He is survived by a wife, three sons, John, Henry, and Jacob, and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Frick, all residents of Odessa and vicinity, also another daughter, Mrs. John Stroh, living at Hastings, Nebraska. Deceased was a native of Russia, emigrating to this country in 1893 and first settling in Nebraska. He came to Odessa five years ago and has since been making his home in the house provided for him by his children, near the residence of his son John. The funeral will be held from the German Congregational church today, Rev Reister officiating, following which interment will take place at the German Lutheran Cemetery. (Odessa Record: 3-17-1909)ADD: Edit by family: His tombstone is incorrect, since family records show his birth as 15 May 1828 in Frank, Saratov, Russia; this would then also change his reported age.) 


Schafer, George,  h/o Kath.  (d. 1956; b. 1879; TS; OC; dc) “George Schafer.  Died: 4-23-1956.  Birth: 1-17-1879-Frank, Russia.  Married.  Father: Conrad Schafer.  Mother; Barbara Greenwalt. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “George Schafer. Born: Jan 17, 1879, Frank, Russia. Died: Apr 23, 1956, Odessa, WA. Buried: April 25, 1956, Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Heart. Survived by widow, Katherine. 2 Daughters: Louise Hinkhouse, Marie Connell, Washtucna; 2 sons, Henry and Paul, 9 grandchildren. Phil. 1:21. H. Mau, Interim P.” (Christ Lutheran ledger) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday from Christ Lutheran Church for George Schafer, 77, long time Odessa resident. The Rev H C Mau officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: George Gies, Sol Zier, Dan Gettman, E. A. Scheibner, Reuben Fink and R. J. Kuest. Mr. Schafer had been ill for the past three weeks with a heart ailment that responded to oxygen treatment. He made a trial visit to Leavenworth, in hopes that the higher altitude would be beneficial, but obtained no relief. On Saturday he was well enough to drive his own car down town. About 10 hours before his death, he was taken ill and removed to the hospital here. Born Jan 17, 1874, in Frank, Russia, he came to the United States at the age of 14 in 1892, locating with his parents in Nebraska. As a young man working with the railway, he came to Washington, and farmed south of Lamona for almost five years. He was married in 1903 to Miss Katherine Schmidt. They lived for a time in Puyallup and Seattle, then returned here, farming the home place southwest of Odessa until he retired in 1937. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Odessa Grange.  Survivors include his wife, Katherine, at the home; two sons, Henry Schafer and Paul J Schafer, both of Odessa; two daughters, Mrs Marie Connell, Washtucna, and Mrs. Louise Hinkhouse, Ruff, and 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Schafer, Puyallup, and David Schafer, LaHabra, CA; one sister, Mrs. Mary Klein, Pasadena, CA. Out-of-town relatives coming for the Schafer funeral on Wednesday included the following: Puyallup—Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schafer, Mr. and Mrs. John Schafer, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Hayes, John Schmidt and Mrs Freda Peterman; Tacoma—Edward Schafer; Wenatchee—Mr. and Mrs. David Schafer and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schafer; Spokane—L. Fetzner, Miss Lucile Fetzner, Jack Straub, Elizabeth Frick, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schibel and Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Logsdon; Ritzville—Mrs. Jake Miller and Mr .and Mrs. George Amen.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1956)  


Schafer, Geo F.,  h/o Katie  (d. 11-18-1930; b. 7-25-1873; Odessa; Strates; Cong; DC) “George F .Schafer. Male, white, married, farmer. Birth: July 25, 1873, Russia.  Age: 57 yrs 3 mos 23 days. Father: Fulton Schafer born Russia.  Mother: Lizzie Rider born Russia. Informant: Fulton Schafer. Death: 11-18-1930, 8 a.m., Dist: R II, Ritzville, Adams County, WA; Cause: cancer of stomach. Contributory: gastric neurosis and ulcer of one yr duration. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on 11-20-30, by Henry Strate, undertaker, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Register of Death; cemetery not specified)  “Geo F Schafer. Nov 18, 1930. Place of Funeral: Odessa St Mathews Church. Rev Kalamback, officiating. Bearers: Henry Giese, Geo Heimbigner, John Leffelbine, Hy Trupp Jr., Henry Els, Con Giese. Complete funeral, grave $10.” (Mortuary Ledger) “George Schaefer. Aged: 57 yrs 4 mos 23 days. Dated: Nov 20, 1930. Buried: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger)


Schafer, Gerald E.,   (d. 1981; b. 1927; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov 20, 1981 from the Christ Lutheran Church for Gerald E Schafer, who passed away at a Spokane hospital on Monday, Nov 16, 1981. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. Gerald E Schafer, the son of Elmer and Lillie Schafer, was born on Oct 28, 1927 in Ritzville, WA. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church and held various Council positions in the congregation, and served several terms as chairman of the congregation. He served in the capacity of Sunday School Superintendent and also as a sponsor for the Luther League, together with his wife. He was the Congregational Chairman for the Seminary Appeal drive within the congregation this past year. He served on the Nominating Committee of the Southwest Spokane Conference of the American Lutheran Church.  Gerald loved his church and was always willing to be of assistance. He received his formal education in the Ritzville schools; and after serving in the US Coast Guard during World War II, he attended Washington State University for one year. During his lifetime he was engaged in farming, orchard work, elevator work at the Odessa Union and at Jerry’s Electronics. Gerald was married to Donna Fisher on Sept 4, 1949. Five children were born to this union. Gerald was preceded in death by one son, James; by his parents; and by one brother, Kenneth.  He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Linda (Mrs Barry Smith) of Carlisle, PA; and Debbie (Mrs. Marty Mickels) of Boise, IS; by two sons, S/Sgt John Schafer of Mountain Home, ID; and by David Schafer of Odessa; four grandchildren; one brother, Dale of Ritzville; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Tharp of Tucson, AZ; and Mrs. Arlene Wellsandt of Ritzville; other relatives and friends.  Special music of ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘O Take My Hand, Dear Father’ was sung by Mark Cronrath with Shirley Frederick as accompanist. Casket bearers were Tim Wellsandt, Mark Wellsandt, Steve Wellsandt, Craig Schafer, Craig Conklin and Jim Heider. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-26-1981) 


Schafer, Henry,   (d. 2-22-2000; b. 2-01-1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Henry Schafer, a farmer with land near Odessa, died on Feb 22, 2000, at the age of 91 in Moses Lake.  He was born on Feb 1, 1909 in Odessa, the son of George Schafer and Katherine Schmidt Schafer. He completed school in Odessa and joined in the family farming operation.  On July 25, 1933, he married Katherine Fetzner. Mrs. Schafer and their three children, Ronald, of Olympia; Darrell, of Moses Lake, and Marcella Cummins, of Tacoma, survive. He has 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. One grandson preceded him in death. Mr. Schafer was known for being an excellent farmer who pursued new techniques and utilized the latest developments in machinery and tools. He was active in the Odessa community as a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Odessa Lions Club. He was elected and served as a member of the board of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District for many years. In that capacity, he worked on several state-level projects and represented the district at hearings in Washington DC, several times. According to his wishes, Mr. Schafer was cremated and his ashes will be spread on the family farm. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 2000)


Schafer, Henry,   (deleted to Emmaus; d. 5-07-1909;  s/o Con)


Schafer, Henry B,   (d. 1974; b. 1892; TS; OC; dc) “Henry B Schafer.  Died: 7-18-1974.  Birth: 2-17-1892-Russia;  Spouse: Bertha Roloff. Father: Henry Schafer.  Mother: Anna Marie Lesser. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Henry B. Schafer, a life-long farmer in the Odessa area died on Thursday, July 18, 1974 at the age o9f 82 years. He was a native of Frank, Russia, immigrating to the United States with his parents, Henry and Anna Marie Schafer, in 1898. They moved from Nebraska to Ritzville in 1899 and then to a farm southwest of Odessa in 1901. He and his first wife, the former Mollie Urich, were married on Oct 16, 1914. The couple had five children. Mollie preceded him in death as did his children, Ruth and LaVern.  In 1970 Henry married Bertha Schauerman, who survives him, as do his daughters, Helen Stehr and Dorothy Zagelow, and son Jerry, all of Odessa. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, as well as four step-children: Mrs. Vineta Weber of Odessa, Mrs. Martha Humphries of Lacey, Mrs. Louella Ducy of  The Dalles, OR, and Emil Roth of Olympia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev B M Schafer at the UCC on July 22 at 11 a.m.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of interment at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: July 25, 1974) 


Schafer, Henry Jr.,   h/o Lydia  (d. 10-03-1946; b. 12-15-1900; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Henry Schafer, Jr.  Died: 10-03-1946.  Birth: 12-15-1900-Lincoln, Nebraska.  Spouse: Lydia Schafer.  Father: Henry Schafer.  Mother: Katherine Homburg.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services for Henry Schafer, Jr., local building contractor, who took his own life by cutting his throat with a razor Thursday night, were held from the UCC on Monday afternoon, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. The Rev E. J. Eslinger officiated. Pallbearers included John Hopp, Jr., Henry Walter, Laurence Smith, Reuben Fink, D. G. Roloff, and Clarence Haase. Born Dec 15, 1900, at Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Schafer came to this community about 20 years ago, working as a carpenter and later organizing his own contracting firm. During recent months he had been in poor health. He is survived by his widow, Lydia, four sons, Robert, Delbert, and Dennis at home, and Gerald with the army; one daughter, Patricia, at home, his mother and ___ sisters.” (Odessa Record: 10-10-1946, damaged paper)


Schafer, J. J.,  (added) d. Feb 1920 obit –OC  “J J Shafer Laid To Rest. The remains of J J Shaffer, a former Odessa Country rancher and grain buyer, were brought to Odessa for burial and the funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the St Mathews Church, the Rev Albert Reiman officiating. Mr. Shaffer, with his wife and three children left Odessa five months ago for American Falls, Idaho, where he accepted a position in a garage. He contracted influenza nine days before his death and on the third day considered himself about recovered, got up, and had a relapse which terminated in pneumonia which his powers of resistance was unable to overcome. After the funeral services, interment took place at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-20-1920)ADD: Edit by family shows the surname to be Schafer rather than Shaffer as found in print.)


Schafer, John,    (d. 1931; b. 1865; TS; OC; Cong) “Johannes Schaefer.  Aged: 65 yrs 11 mos 17 days. Dated: June 26, 1931. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “John Schafer, well known pioneer farmer west of Ritzville, died Sunday at a Spokane hospital, at the age of 68.  The funeral is to be held Friday at Odessa. Mr. Schafer having been a resident of that community, both as a merchant and farmer, for 30 years.  He is survived by his widow, Anna; 5 daughters, Mrs. George Amen of Ritzville, Mrs Hy Walter of Odessa, Mrs. W. F. Ramsey of Mansfield, Mrs. Arthur Amen of Nebraska, and Miss Martha Schafer of Odessa; also one brother and two sisters.  Mr Schafer was born at Frank, Russia, and came to Washington with a Mrs. Schafer in 1890, after living four years at Hastings, Nebraska.  They  homesteaded 12 miles east of Odessa in 1891 and moved into town in 1901, when Mr. Schafer engaged in the hardware and merchandise business. He retired in 1917. He was vice-president of the German American Mutual Farmers’ Fire Insurance association, which doubled its business during his time in office.” (Ritzville Journal Times: June 25, 1931-Thursday)"An order settling the final account of Anna

  Schafer of Odessa, executrix of the estate of John Schafer, and a decree of distribution of this estate were signed Monday. By his will Mr. Schafer directed that $500 from his estate go to each of two daughters, Martha Schafer and Alma Schafer, Amen upon their marriage, and that the remainder go to Mrs. Schafer during her life time, and, at her death, be distributed among his five daughters. The estate is valued at $16,220." (DT & T: 7-21-1932)


Schafer, Katherine,   (d. 1973; b. 1886; TS; OC; obit) “Katherine Schafer, daughter of John Schmidt and Mary Brenner, was born on June 11, 1886 in Valder, Russia. She came to the United States with her parents in 1892, settling in Hastings, Nebraska. After a short stay, they moved to Alma, NE.  In 1895 her father moved his family to Walla Walla, WA. In 1900 she moved with her parents to Bickleton, WA. Two years later her father moved his family to a homestead near Odessa.  She met and later married George Schafer on Jan 7, 1903. The ceremony was held in her parent’s home, and was solemnized by Pastor J F Doescher. Six children were born to this union.  Katherine was baptized into the Christian faith in Russia, and was confirmed in this faith by Pastor Henry Rieke in Walla Walla.  She spent most of her adult life in the Odessa area, residing in Odessa since 1937.  She and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 11, 1953. She died on Dec 9, 1973. Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, John and George Jr., one brother and two sisters.  She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Marie Connell of Washtucna and Mrs. Louise Hinkhouse of Moses Lake; two sons: Henry Schafer and Paul Schafer of Odessa; four sisters: Anna Schmidt of Odessa, Marie Zastrow of Stockton, CA; Martha Walter of Odessa; and Freda Peterman of Puyallup, WA; two brothers: Henry and John Schmidt of Odessa; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Christ Lutheran Church on Dec 12 at 2 p.m., Rev Daniel Cronrath officiating. ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘O Take My Hand, Dear Father’ were sung by a mixed quartet: Mrs. George Gies, Mrs. Gerald Schafer, Al Scheibner, and William Schillinger. Organist was Mrs. Leo Stout. Casket bearers were Ronald, Darrell, Keith and Reid Schafer, Larry Kjolseth and Edward Stevens. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 12-20-1973)

Schafer, Katherine Louise Fetzner,   (added) “Katherine Louise Fetzner Schafer died July 29, 2003, at the age of 98. Mrs Schafer was born March 15, 1905, to Leopold Fetzner and Marie Deuchler Fetzner, near Latah, WA. She completed public school in Latah and graduated from Cheney Normal School. Her first teaching position was at Lone Pine School in Whitman County. She taught at Batum School and at Scheller School in the Odessa area.  On July 25, 1933, she married Henry Schafer and they moved onto a farm near  Batum. In 1937, they moved to the family farm near Odessa, where they lived until 1998. Mr. Schafer preceded her in death. Two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. She is survived by three children: Ronald and wife Anne, of Olympia; Darrel and wife Christina, of Moses Lake; and Marcella Cummins and husband Don, of Tacoma. She has 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. One grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Schafer was residing at the Hearthstone Retirement Inn in Moses Lake at the time of her death. She enthusiastically participated in activities there. Until recently she continued her long time hobbies of crocheting and tatting. Her family and friends have received many fine pieces of her work over the years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa and at one time was very active in the Woman’s Missionary Society. According to her wishes, Mrs. Schafer was cremated and her ashes spread at the family farm. A memorial gathering will be held at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, Moses Lake, on Aug 23 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon following at the Moses Lake Convention Center.” (Odessa Record: Aug 2003)


Schaffer, Kath. Margaretha Loebrack Borgens,   (d. 10-21-1937; b. 10-04-1862; w/o Henrich; Strates; dc) “Katherine Margretha Schaffer.  Died: 10-21-1937. Birth: 10-04-1862, Frank, Russia.  Married.  Father: ??Loebrack.  Mother: not obtainable. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Mrs. Katharina Borgens Schafer, 75, pioneer resident of the Odessa area, who died Thursday night, was buried from the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev J. H. Wacker officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery.  Pallbearers were chosen from friends of the family and included Conrad Walter, H. H Scheller, Jacob Maier, Henry Schmidt, Con H Eckhardt, and George Iltz, Sr.  Strates Funeral Home was in charge.  Born in Frank, Russia, Oct 4, 1862, she grew to womanhood and was married to Carl Borgens in 1881, coming to the United States in 1892. The family located near Lincoln, NE, for 10 years, then coming to Ritzville. After two years there they took up a homestead near Moody, later moving to a ranch southeast of Krupp. In 1916 her husband died, and in 1930 she remarried. Survivors include her widower, three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Libsack, Tacoma; Mrs. Lydia Heizelman, Dallas, OR; Mrs. Leona Gales, Tacoma; three sons, Carl Borgens, Tacoma; Dan Borgens, Ritzville; and Edward Borgens, Davenport; 8 grandchildren; 3 sisters and two brothers.” (Odessa Record: 10-28-1937) 


Schafer, Margaret, (d. 6-03-1946; b. 5-07-1874; TS; OC; obit; Strates; Cong) “Margaret Oswald. Birth: 7 May 1874; Died: 3 June 1946” (Congregational Church ledger by Eslinger) “Margaret (Schafer) Oswald. Residence: Walla Walla, WA. Place of death: Walla Walla, WA. Date of death: 6-03-1946, age 72 yrs. Female, white, married. Born Russia (date not given). Cause of death: carcinoma of colon. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: United Cong. Church, Thursday at 4 p.m. Interment: 6-06-1946. Brought here by DeWitt Funeral Home of Walla Walla, no information sheet. Casket bearers: grandsons. (Mortuary Ledger)  “The body of Mrs. Margaret Oswald, Walla Walla, former Odessa resident, is being buried here today, from the United Congregational church, the Rev E. J. Eslinger officiating, with the Strate Funeral Home in charge.  Mrs. Oswald, 72, had died Monday afternoon.  Margaret Tage was born at Friedenstall, Russia, May 7, 1874 and was married there to Conrad Schafer, coming to America soon after. After a stay in Nebraska they came to Washington and took up a homestead. Shortly after retiring Mr. Schafer passed away and in 1920 Mrs. Schafer remarried to Mr. Phillip Oswald of Walla Walla.  Survivors include five children, Sam Schafer, Odessa; Mabel Dawson of Walla Walla; Marie Bauer of Ritzville; Lydia Klaus of Albany, OR; and Alma Schafer of Butter, MT; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, as well as 5 step children.” (Odessa Record: 6-06-1946)ADD: Edit by family: Margaret Schafer was born Marie Margaretha Day. )


Schafer, Mollie,   (d. 1970; b. 1895; TS; OC; dc)  “Mollie Schafer.  Died: 4-17-1970.  Birth: 9-17-1895-Russia.  Spouse: Henry B Schafer.  Father: Conrad Uhrich. Mother: Marie K. Greenwalt.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Memorial services were held for Mrs. Henry B. Schafer at 2:00 Monday at the UCC. Mollie Schafer died Friday, April 17, at the age of 74. Burial was at the Odessa Cemetery.  Mollie Schafer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Urich, was born on Sept 17, 1895, in Frank, Russia. She came to the United States in 1913 to this area and was a resident of Odessa thereafter. She was married to Henry Schafer on Oct 16, 1914. Three daughters and two sons were born to this couple. One daughter, Ruth, preceded her in death on March 30, 1917.  Survivors include her husband, Henry, at the family home; daughters, Helen Stehr and Dorothy Zagelow; sons LaVern and Jerry, all of Odessa; two sisters, Mrs. Nath Lobe of Odessa and Mrs. John Rehn of Ritzville; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Mrs. Schafer was baptized, confirmed and a member of the Congregational Church. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the UCC. Rev B. M. Schafer officiated at the last rites.” (Odessa Record: 23 April 1970)


Schafer, Paul,   (d. 8-08-2000; b. 1-28-1912; TS; OC; obit)  “Paul J Schafer, a member of a pioneer Odessa area family, died Tuesday, Aug 8, 2000, in Spokane. He was 88 years old.  Mr. Schafer was a prominent grain grower in the Odessa and Kahlotus areas for many years.  He was born in Seattle on Jan 28, 1912, the son of George and Katherine (Schmidt) Schafer. He spent his early school years attending the Schafer country school southwest of Odessa, then attended Odessa High School, graduating in 1931. He married Dorothy Dean Logsdon, of Sprague, in 1941, and together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. Paul was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa Grange and the Odessa Masonic Lodge for many years. He was a charter member of the Odessa Lions’ Club, and in his later years served as a member of the Odessa Healthcare Foundation. One of his proudest accomplishments was being involved in the formation of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. He remained interested in farming and kept current on ag issues and innovations throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, and at age 70 he took up golf, which he enjoyed playing with friends and families.  In the early 1970s, he and Dorothy became members of the Columbia Holiday Ramblers Travel Club, and they enjoyed many years of traveling and making friends from many different areas. His survivors include son Keith, his wife Leanna and their son George of Odessa; Evan and his children Scott, Michael, Noelan and Travis, of Spokane; daughter Jane and her husband Tom Hilliard, their son Jacob, of Moses Lake, and their daughters Melissa McDuff and Emily Bucho, of Kennewick, and son Reid and his wife Beth and their children Amy and Andrew, of Kahlotus. Two sisters predeceased him, Marie Connell and Louise Hinkhouse, as did a brother, Henry Schafer and a grandson, Christopher Schafer.  A sister-in-law, Katherine Schafer, of Moses Lake, nieces Marcella Cummins, Barbara Kjolseth and Joni Carter, and nephews Ron Schafer and Darrell Schafer also survive, as do many other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held Aug 12, at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Pastors Bob Edwards and Daniel Cronrath will officiate.” Odessa Record: Aug 2000)


Schafer, Rachael,   (d. 1993; b. 1899; TS; OC; dc) “Rachel Schafer.  Died: 9-02-1993.  Widowed. Father: Con Heimbigner. Mother: Catherine Zeiler.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral services were held yesterday at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary for Rachel Schafer, who died Thursday, Sept 2, 1993. Mrs. Schafer, who was 94 years old, was a long-time resident of Odessa. She was born July 25, 1899 in Walla Walla. When she was 8 months old she moved with her family to Odessa. When she was 12, the family moved to Seattle for one year and then to Puyallup. She lived there until she married Samuel Schafer in 1917. The couple farmed southwest of Odessa until 1943, when they moved to town. Mr. Schafer died in 1968. Mrs. Schafer was a member of the Heritage UCC and the Ladies Aid. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul L Schafer, in 1990, and a grandson who died in infancy. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Roland and Verna Schafer and Robert and Imogene Schafer, all of Odessa; one daughter and son-in-law, Dora and Paul Hoefel, of Spokane; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Heimbigner, of Tacoma, and numerous nieces and nephews. Rev Jim Dowdy officiated at the funeral service. Interment was in Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” (scrapbook item)


Schafer, Robert L.,   (added);  “Robert L. Schafer, 85, died Thursday, July 6, 2006 in Odessa. He was born July 1, 1921, in Odessa, to Sam and Rachel Schafer, and was raised on the farm with his two brothers, Paul and Roland and his sister Dora.  He attended country school, and came into ‘town’ school while still in grade school. He was a graduate of Odessa High School in 1938. He met his wife-to-be, Imogene Kuest, at a Grange dance when she was in her senior year at Odessa High School and they married that summer, July 26, 1942.  He worked in the shipyards at Tacoma during WW II. They then returned to Odessa to help out on the family farm, and he also did mechanic work for various employers in town. He was a member of the United Congregational Church, which later became Heritage Church. He held several positions in the church, including deacon and treasurer. In 1956 he moved his family to Spokane where he worked for Paul ‘Shorty’ Dormaier at Paul’s Auto Shop, as a mechanic for 10 years until 1966. That summer they moved back to Odessa to the family farm on Davis Road. Upon retirement, Bob and Imogene purchased a 5th Wheel Travel Trailer which took them through parts of the Pacific Northwest, Mexico and Arizona for many years. In June of 2001, they sold the farm and moved to town to spend the latter years of their retirement golfing, gardening and setting on their front deck. They both enjoyed watching the high school games, the bonfires and the many other activities that took place at Finney Field in their view. Bob entered the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center in April of 2006, and never returned home. Robert is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Imogene (Kuest) Schafer, Odessa; two daughters, Sandy McBride, of Colfax, and Cathy Kimble, of Spokane; one son, Steve Schafer, of Missoula, MT; one sister, Dora Hoefel, of Spokane; five grandchildren: Cullin Continos, Brenden McBride, Cormac McBride, Tyler Carr and Courtney Carr and five great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Church, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Inurnment preceded services at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 7-13-2006)


Schafer, Roland,  (added?) obit d. 7-11-2004  “Roland Schafer, a lifetime Odessa area resident, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, in Odessa. He was 84 years old.  He was born Nov 20, 1919, at the family farm southwest of Odessa, the son of Samuel and Rachel (Heimbigner) Schafer.  He attended the Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1937. On Oct 23, 1943 he married Verna Wacker. They farmed in the Odessa area for many years before retiring and moving into town. Roland was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa, the Odessa Coin Club, a former Eagles Lodge member and a member of the WA Assoc of Wheat Growers. He enjoyed collecting coins and antiques, gardening, fishing, spending time with friends and family and traveling. Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (Odessa Record: 7-15-2004)


*Schaffer, Ruth L.,  (added; d. 31 March 1918; dc; DC) “Ruth L Schaffer.  Died: 31 March 1918, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 14 March 1918, rural Odessa, WA.  Mother: Mollie Urich-born Russia; Father: Henry B Schaffer, born Russia; Burial: Odessa Cemetery, probably; Odessa, WA” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Ruth L Schafer.  Female, white, single, aged 17 days. Birth: 3-14-1918, 15 miles SW of Odessa. Father: Henry B Schafer born Russia; Mother: Mollie Urich born Russia. Death: 3-31-1918 at 9 a.m. at Irby in Lincoln County, WA. Cause of death: Infantile convulsions of a few hours duration. H. Mitchell, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: (not shown). ‘I did not see this baby.’” (WA State Certificate of Death) (WA State Certificate of Death) This burial may have been in the Emmaus Congregational Cemetery in Adams County. The research by Georgia Hays in 1975 attributes this burial to the Emmaus Cemetery (also known as the Schafer-Kiehn) due to the listing of this death in the Emmaus Congregational ledger on page 370, "Rut Loretta Schafer, born 14 March 1918; death: 31 March 1918,age 17 days; survived by parents."


Schafer, Samuel,   (d. 1968; b. 1895; TS; OC; dc) “Samuel Schafer.  Died: 9-20-1968.  Birth: 1-25-1895, Nebraska.  Spouse: Rachel Heimbigner.  Father: Conrad Schafer.  Mother: Margaret Dag.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)ADD: Edit by family shows Margaret Schafer's maiden name as Day.)


Schafer, Verna Eileen Wacker,   (added) “Verna Eileen Schafer, 82, died Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007, in Odessa. She was born June 17, 1925, to Henry Joseph and Hilda Rebecca (Kiehn) Wacker in Dryden, WA.  Verna moved to Odessa at an early age and attended country school until the age of 10 when she started attending Odessa schools. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1942. She married Roland William Schafer on Oct 23, 1943, and they had two children, Carla Rae and Thomas Lee. Verna was a member of the Heritage Church in Odessa. In recent years, she resided at Quail Court and the Odessa long-term care facility. She is survived by her two children: Carla Miller and Robert, of Bothell, and Tom Schafer and Lynette, of Marlin; 5 grandchildren: John Miller and Meg, Kelly Weber and Larry, Kolby Schafer and Kelley, Katie Miller and Zachery Schafer; 5 great grandchildren: Cade, Carsen, and Camden Weber, Brayton and Adyson Schafer; one sister, Shirley Taylor of Auburn, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Roland, and her parents. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007, at the Heritage Church in Odessa with Pastor Jerry Malone officiating. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 2007)


Schaffer, see Schafer



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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