Joan Schaeffer

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

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, of Lancaster, Pa., then a medical student at Harvard University. The couple set up a medical office in 1951 in Lancaster. Joan was the office manager and nurse.

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.

Published in Central Maine from May 3 to May 4, 2014