Sara Schaefer

BOWLING GREEN – Sara B. Schaefer, age 97, of Bowling Green, Ohio, a former Salem resident, died Sunday morning, March 17, 2013 at Heritage Corner Health Care Campus in Bowling Green. She was born Nov. 11, 1915 in Colerain, Ohio, a daughter of the late Lewis and Myrtle (Ferguson) Starbuck.

Mrs. Schaefer was a 1934 graduate of Salem High School. She had worked in the Salem High School cafeteria and had previously owned Wade Schaefer Garage with her late husband, Wade. She was a member of Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church in Salem and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green.

She enjoyed sewing, crafts and playing cards and was a member of Salem Antique Car Club.

Her husband, Wade Schaefer, whom she married Dec. 4, 1937, preceded her in death Dec. 11, 2002. Two brothers, Harry and Ray Starbuck and three sisters, Lena Althouse, Helen Mosher and Margaret McConnell, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Dale (Ginger) Schaefer of Bowling Green; a daughter, Lois (Mark) Hross of Collinsville, Ala.; a sister, Edith Berger of Salem; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church in Salem with Pastor Connie Sassanella officiating. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green.

The family would like to give special thanks to Heritage Health Care Center and Bridge Hospice for the excellent care and compassion they gave to Sara.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church, 1089 East State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460 or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 South College Drive, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Arrangements were handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home in Salem. Sara Schaefer’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at