Mary Ann (Cindy) Schaefer of Leawood, KS, formerly of Memphis, MO, was born January 16, 1929, in St. Louis, MO, at the Missouri Baptist Hospital to Frank Richard and Marie (Kramper) Steinhauser. She passed away March 11, 2019, at Homestead of Leawood, KS, at the age of 90.
Cindy attended St. Paul’s Grade School in Pine Lawn, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, until third grade. Her family then moved to Normandy, MO, where she finished grade school at St. Ann’s. She attended high school at Incarnate Word Academy, graduating in 1947.
Cindy was united in marriage to Dr. Joseph H. (Bud) Schaefer on May 1, 1948, at St. Ann’s Church in Normandy. After their marriage, they moved to Mexico, MO, to begin Doc’s chiropractic practice. They then relocated to Edina, MO, in 1950, before making Memphis their permanent home in 1952. They celebrated 44 wonderful years together. She was a busy housewife raising six children. She later worked with her dear friend Janice Tippett at The Villa dress shop in Memphis and also helped her husband with his practice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, brother Kenneth Steinhauser, and a grandson, Jeremy Schaefer.
Cindy was a homemaker and generously gave of her time in volunteering for various community organizations including Meals-on-Wheels, Red Cross Bloodmobile and county elections. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and St. John’s Ladies Guild, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Memphis Country Club.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards with her bridge club, exercising with the ladies at the rec center and golfing with her beloved husband. She also loved walking with her precious dog, Snoopy. Cindy was a loving and supportive wife, a wonderful mother and doting grandmother who loved spending time with her family.
Cindy raised six strong and grateful children: Dave (Beth) Schaefer of Kirksville, MO; Mark (Mickey) Schaefer of Oro Valley, AZ; Rick (Wendy) Schaefer of Fort Meyers, FL; Kate Walker (Rod Day) of Shawnee, KS; Steve Schaefer of Kansas City, MO; and Kim (Greg) Wheeler of Lone Jack, MO, and was cherished by her grandchildren: Stephanie Wagner of Cedar Rapids, IA; Mitch Walker of Shawnee, KS; Megan (Jake) Fain of Kansas City, MO; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; a niece, Sandy O’Fallon, of Chesterfield, MO, cousins and a host of friends.