Anita Shafer

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Anita Shafer, nee Hoeferkamp, 87, of Belleville, IL, born March 29, 1930, in Mason City, IL, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Shafer was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Belleville.  She was a former Sunday School teacher and was a member of the choir at the church.  Anita was a Red Cross volunteer with St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and was a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Edward and Ella, nee Dittmann, Hoeferkamp; her step-mother, Esther Wright Hoeferkamp; and a brother, Rev. Robert Hoeferkamp.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, George Shafer, whom she married on December 4, 1949, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jonesville, IN;
three children, Mary (John) Reith of Steeleville, IL, David (Karen) Shafer of St. Louis, MO, and Kathleen Casey of Belleville, IL;
four grandchildren, John (Jill) Reith, James (Amy) Reith, Ryan (Shannon) Casey, and Jill (Bryan) Moormann;
nine great-grandchildren, Alex and Ian Reith, Chloe and Willa Reith, Jamison, Patrick, and Braeden Casey, and Kennedy and Connor Moormann;
two brothers, Rev. Harold (Ellie) Hoeferkamp of Gulf Shores, AL, and Rev. Donald Hoeferkamp of St. Louis, MO;
a sister-in-law, Liz Hoeferkamp of Austin, TX;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church or to Bread for the World – Lutheran World Relief. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Robison officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


5 Comments on Anita Shafer

Robert Fecht said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Very sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of your family.

  • Cheyenne
  • WY
Brock Keckritz said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you. God bless you, Brock and Kim

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Bernice Arnholt said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Sorry to hear about Anita’s passing. She was my best friend during our 12 years of school together.We were maid of honor in each other’s weddings. I had a nice talk with her around Thanksgiving.she was very proud of her family.

  • Columbus
  • Indiana
Judy Stephens said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2017 at 2:10 PM

So saddened to hear about Anita. So many fond memories of her cheerful laughter when visiting with Mary at their home as a child. My mom and dad were good friends with Anita and George and will be welcoming Anita with open arms in Gods beautiful kingdom! My prayers are with her family. May God grant you peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gary & Nancy Hoeffken said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM

So very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. See you Sunday.

  • Swansea
  • IL

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