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Alice Schaffer Corning

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 9:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 11:13 a.m. CDT

Alice Schaffer, 67, of Corning died Dec. 5, 2013, at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 Seventh St., Corning. The Rev. Andrew Bardole will officiate. Alice was cremated and no visitation is planned. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Alice Kay (Madsen) Schaffer, daughter of Therma Rosalyn and Arnold Otto Madsen, was born March 12, 1946, in Fort Dodge.

The family lived in Exira, before moving to Guthrie Center, where Alice graduated from high school in 1964.

Alice’s first marriage was to Jerry Leroy Sheeder.

After the divorce, Alice and her son Todd relocated to Corning.

In 1971, Alice married Laverne Dean “Bud” Schaffer Jr.

Alice and Bud divorced in 1980.

During her years in Corning, Alice worked as a switchboard operator at Uarco, a bartender at the Retreat and a denture technician for Drs. Muschamp, King and Peterson. She also launched a number of businesses selling her original crafts.

Alice is survived by her sons, Todd (wife Teresa) Sheeder of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Mark Schaffer of New York, N.Y.; grandchildren, Lewis Sheeder, Megan Sheeder and Lauren Sheeder of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; sisters, Joan (husband Charles) Sorensen of Audubon and Nancy Madsen-Taylor of Lincoln, Neb.; former daughter-in-law Dr. Sarah Schaffer of New York, N.Y., and countless other relatives and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Joseph Andersen and ex-husband Jerry Sheeder.

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