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Eleanor Schaefer

July 13, 1924 — January 1, 2022

Eleanor M. Schaefer, 97, of Bettendorf, formerly of Blue Grass/Walcott, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at The Fountains Assisted Living, Bettendorf.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4 until 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. A vigil service will be held at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, with an additional visitation one-half hour before Mass. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church. The Mass will be livestreamed by visiting https://www.facebook.com/pg/St-Andrew-Church-111666438870042/videos/?ref=page_internal Due to the current health crisis, please wear a mask to services. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Eleanor Margaret Schwertman was born on July 13, 1924, in Davenport, a daughter of August F. and Ida M. (Jaeggi) Schwertman. She graduated from Davenport Central High School and was a filing clerk at the Rock Island Arsenal. She met the love of her life on a cold New Year’s Eve in 1946, Alvin E. Schaefer. They were united in marriage on February 8, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She went from being a city girl to a farmer’s wife! Alvin preceded Ellie in passing on June 2, 2001, after 54 years of marriage.

Ellie raised five daughters with unconditional love. She adored her family, and they were her life. Ellie was a strong, selfless Swiss who was a terrific wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a passion for knitting, embroidering, enjoyed gardening and occasional trips to the casino.

Ellie was a founding member of St. Andrew Parish and was a member of Mary’s Angels. She also was a lifetime member of the Walcott American Legion Auxiliary as well as the Scott County Farm Bureau.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters and sons-in-law, Sue (Jim) Johnson, Becky (Terry) Starns, Kathy (Randy) Schaefer, and Nancy (Ron) Treanor; son-in-law, Tom Peck (Michelle Dittmars); ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen, a daughter, Joan Peck, and grandsons: Mathew and Brian Johnson, and Brad Peck; and siblings: Sr. Renee Schwertman, Sr. Dorothy Ann Schwertman, Norma Tunberg, and Jack Schwertman. May they rest in peace.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, January 7, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm

St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass

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Vigil Service

Friday, January 7, 2022

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Additional Visitation

Saturday, January 8, 2022

9:30 - 10:00 am

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, January 8, 2022

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