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Muriel B. Schaffer Reichardt

Sep 19, 2012 - Staff

Muriel B. Schaffer Reichardt, of Lander, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the home of her daughter Mary Jones in Lander. She was 95 years old.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the First Methodist Church in Lander. Following the celebration in Lander, there will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Imperial, Neb.

Muriel B. Schaffer was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Auburn, Neb., the daughter of Brady B. and Lora Dodds Schaffer.

She was a member of the Christian Church in Auburn, Neb., until she transferred her membership to the Methodist Church in Imperial, Neb.

At 16, she graduated from high school in Auburn, Neb., as co-salutatorian. She continued her education and graduated cum laude with a two-year degree from State Teacher's College in Peru, Neb., earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

She married Francis E. Reichardt on July 3, 1938, in Imperial, Neb.

She taught school in Ruskin, Neb., Imperial, Neb., Kingston, Ark., College View, Arapahoe County and District 1, Adams County, Colorado. Her experience ranged from kindergarten to adult education, but she spent most of her time teaching reading and English in middle grade and junior high schools.

She was active as both a member and director of church choirs from junior high until she was 70. She was also active in United Methodist Women, League of Women Voters, Colorado Council of International Reading Association, Religious Coalition of Abortion Rights, Republican Party, Meals on Wheels, and regularly volunteered at Alpine Manor Nursing Home as a leader of the book club.

She was a member of the Adams County Placement Alternative Commission and International Reading Association. In 1994, she was honored with the Mary Ciancio Distinguished Service Award for outstanding volunteer services in Adams County, Colo. In January 2012, she received the Imhoff Award from the Order of the Eastern Star recognizing her 69 years of service.

After moving to Lander in 2005, she began using her less formal name, B. She continued her volunteer work at the Methodist Thrift Store, the Care and Share Food Bank and supported the Alternative to Family Violence.

She is survived by her children, John W. (Jo), Gerald W. (Stacey) and Mary Ann Corning Jones (Tom); nine grandchildren, Rachel B., Sarah Jane and Robert E. Reichardt, Michael S., Natasha M. and Dhana M. Reichardt, R. Vincent, Caroline R. and M. Elizabeth Corning; seven stepgrandchildren, Scott Horton, David and Brett Corning, Mary Langer Bowman, Sara Langer and James Langer; and 29 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; two brothers, Wayne W. and Leon A. Schaffer; sister Ruth A. Schaffer; and stepgranddaughter Michelle Horton Smith.

The family asks that memorials be made to the organizations where she volunteered: The Care and Share Food Bank, Alternative to Family Violence or the Methodist Thrift Store. Memorials may be made to one of the above organization C/O her daughter, Mary Jones, at 2289 N. Second St., Lander, WY 82520.

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