Joan S. Schaeffer, 92, registered nurse, ran medical practice in Lancaster with husband

By on May 7, 2014

Joan Schaeffer died of natural causes April 22, 2014 at Moravian Manor, Lititz.

Joan was born in Skowhegan, Maine, Jan. 25, 1922, the daughter of Leon W. and E. Mae Smiley.

She graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine, and earned a registered nurse degree from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.

In 1943 Joan married William A. Schaeffer, Lancaster native and then a medical student at Harvard University. The couple set up a medical office in 1951 at 443 N. Duke St. Joan was the office manager and nurse. Joan was a long-time member of the Junior League of Lancaster.

Joan is survived by two brothers: Edward L. Smiley of Scituate, Mass., and David S. Smiley of Orlando, Fla..

After 66 years of marriage, Dr. Schaeffer passed away in early 2010. Their children, raised in Lancaster, are: David Schaeffer of Yardley, Pa., Janet Schaeffer of Portland, Ore., and William Schaeffer Jr. of Ocala, Fla. Grandsons, Drew and Kyle Schaeffer, live in Ocala; and granddaughter, Nicole Seeley, in Portland.

At Joan’s request, there will be no service. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.

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