Deborah A. Schafer
Deborah A. Schafer, 59 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (August 9, 2020) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.
She was born April 21, 1961 in Banquete, TX, a daughter of Martin York of Darien Center and the late Charlotte Stevens York.
Debbie was a proud Texas girl. In her younger years she lived life to the fullest. She was an incredibly hard worker. There was never a time since Debbie was a kid where she wasn’t working. She found great joy in her career at The Home Depot. She loved going from store to store and seeing all the associates and her bosses. They brought a lot of joy into her life and we know she did the same for them. She loved to celebrate everything and everyone in a BIG way. Every time Debbie made fried chicken the girls along with their friends would gather. Her fried chicken was a staple for all school dances; pictures at the Schafer’s and a fried chicken dinner. She was “Mama Deb” to everyone. She made all the girl’s friends feel loved and they loved her. Her home was always filled with laughs. The door always open to anyone and everyone.
She had a strong faith in God which is what kept her going during the last 4 years as she fought to get better. Even in her pain she wanted others to know God and she knew He was with her.
Debbie almost always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. She would stock up on gifts, “little diddies” she would call them to gift to friends, nurses or aids who came by. If you had a bad day she would write you a card and gift you a “little Diddy”. She was often thinking of how she could make others feel better even during her hardest times. Everyone who knew Deb will miss her greatly. She loved her family and friends and a conversation never ended without her telling you how much she loved you. We are at peace knowing she is no longer in pain and with Jesus who she loved more than anything.
Survivors include her twin daughters, Kristen (John Schurr) Geroult of Batavia and Stephanie Geroult of Batavia. Sister, Jennifer (Scott) York-Whitbeck of Buffalo. Brother, James (Christine) Martin York of North Tonawanda. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to share in a Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday (August 19th), 6pm at 4878 Batavia Elba Townline Rd., Batavia, NY.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.