Janice M. Shafer, 79, passed away June 4, 2019

Janice M. Shafer, age 79, of Flying L Ranch in Bandera, TX and Lakes of the North in Elmira, Michigan departed this world after a series of health issues, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. She was born in St. Joseph, Michigan to Arnold G. and Maria E. (Antonovitsch) Damaske on February 22, 1940.

Janice married Richard A. Shafer on January 9, 1971 in Trinity Lutheran Church of St. Joseph, Michigan.

Mrs. Shafer graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1958, and from Benton Harbor Business College. She attended Lake Michigan Community College in Benton Harbor, Michigan and Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio. She was employed by Clark Equipment Company (later known as VME) in Benton Harbor as an Administrative Assistant. In 1986, Janice and her husband, transferred with the Company to Ohio where they both continued to work and school until retirement in 1992. Upon retirement, they moved permanently to their 20 year northern Michigan vacation retreat.

Janice enjoyed downhill skiing, snowmobiling, gardening, nature, photography, dancing and especially traveling throughout the U. S. in their RV with her husband every chance they could. She was also active in volunteer projects for Lakes of the North where they lived; and for many years, Janice and Richard were co-editors for Lakes of the North’s Monthly Newsletter.

Mrs. Shafer’s parents preceded her in death.

Janice Shafer is survived by her husband; step-son Kory A. (Donna) Shafer of Buchanan, Michigan; step-daughter, Rochelle A. Roberts of Sheffield, Texas; two step-grandsons, Kristopher A. Shafer of Traverse City, Michigan and Chad D. Shafer of Royal Oak, Michigan; a step-granddaughter, Courtney L. Shafer and brother-in-law George W. (Janet) Shafer of Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph. Burial to follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1226, Bandera, TX 78003 or Noah’s Ark Learning Center, P.O. Box 655, Bandera, TX 78003. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com. 

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