Iris Schafer

Iris Schafer

Iris Schafer, age 91, of Springfield, MN, died on June 30, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Sanborn, MN.

Service will be held at the church on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. 

The clergy will be Pastor Ethan Boese. Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Sanborn, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Iris Glee Schafer, of Springfield, Minnesota, daughter of Albert & Dora Schwarzenbach, born January 5, 1931, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2022, surrounded by family. She is survived by her five children, Alan (Julie) Schafer, Pamela (Ken) Norcutt, Tom (Pam) Schafer, Tim (Barb) Schafer and Debra (Bill) Trevick, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister Karen Kropp and brother William Schwarzenbach. She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Aaron Schafer and Ryan Norcutt. 

Iris was born in Lake Park, Iowa, and graduated high school at Hartley, Iowa, in 1949. She attended the American School of Business in Des Moines Iowa, 1949-1950. She married Paul Schafer on August 26, 1950, and together they had five children. He preceded her in death on June 2nd, 2011. Iris had many interests in life, including gardening, golf, bridge, bingo, and most importantly, being with family and friends. Iris was known for her wonderful sense of humor and beloved for her kindness to all. Her chocolate chip cookies and potato salad were second to none and her birthday messages made everyone laugh. She was an active golfer and belonged to FGHC in Sanborn, Minnesota, for many years. She was also an avid and excellent bridge player who loved the game. For the last 20+ years she resided at Cottonwood Apartments in Springfield, Minnesota, where she was known for her contagious personality, her welcoming ways and her wonderful holiday and seasonal decorations. She loved her family and her friends deeply and was fortunate to keep in touch with them all through social media and texts. She will be dearly missed. Celebration of life to be held at Zion Lutheran Church, where she was an active member for many years.

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