Perline R. Schaefer, 90, Ferdinand

  Perline R,         Perline R. Schaefer, 90, of Ferdinand, formerly of St. Meinrad, died Sunday (March 17) at St. Charles Health Campus, Jasper. She was born October 11,1922, to Leo F. and Clara (Jasper) Ernst, in Siberia, Indiana. She married Othmar A. Schaefer on November 26, 1940, in St. Martin Of Tours Catholic Church, Siberia. He preceded her in death on August 19,1999.

She was a member of St. Meinrad Parish, and its St. Elizabeth Society and Ladies Sodality, Ferdinand Senior Citizens, was a Oblate of St. Benedict, and a member of St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 Auxillary

Perline and her husband, Othmar, made “Hurricane Pride” sorghum for 40 years at their farm in St. Meinrad. Perline was a homemaker, and enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning. She worked at St. Meinrad Archabbey as a housekeeper,and  at Jasper Rubber Plant with her husband until they retired.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Kenny, Otsie Lee, and an infant, David; two daughters, Debra and Christina; two sisters, Mary Quinlin, and Rita Gogel; One brother. Victor Ernst, and a great-granddaughter.

Surviving are one son, Larry Schaefer and his wife Cindy of Ferdinand, five daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Marilyn) Haefling of Evanston, Mrs. Michael (Pat) Hochgesang, and Ms. Brenda Stallings & Curt Trainer, both of Jasper;  Mrs. Steve (Shirley) Haug of Ferdinand,  Mrs. Kim (Donna) Klein of St. Croix, and a daughter in law, Barb Schaefer, of Santa Claus. Also surviving are  33 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren;  onevsister, Mrs. Edwin (Lucille) Hendricks of Virginia; and one brother, Richard Ernst of Jasper.

Funeral services at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8:00 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday and  7 to 9:30 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Meinrad Parish.  

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