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Elizabeth Mae Shafer

April 23, 1932 October 23, 2019
Elizabeth Mae Shafer
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Elizabeth Mae Shafer (Pilgrim), 87 of Chippewa Falls, Wi peacefully made her journey to Heaven from the Cornell Care Center, Wednesday October 23, 2019. Betty was born April 23, 1932 to John and Josephine (Krippendorf) Kavadas, in Freeport, Ill. Betty attended Augusta High School and obtained her LPN license from District One Technical College, Eau Claire, Wi
Betty was first and foremost a Mom, Grandma, great Grandma and great, great Grandma. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She attended as many athletic and school events as she possibly could for all of them. She became a treasured hockey, motocross, soccer, basketball and track grandmother! She was proud of her Greek heritage and displayed it with her gracious hospitality and ensuring everyone was well fed. Whenever you visited her, there was a counter full of good food and you never left her house without a to-go bag! She enjoyed playing bingo, cribbage, cards, scratch offs in addition to cooking, baking, gardening, fishing and scuba diving, which also became a way for her to give back to others. She spoke fondly and often about the time she and Kenny found a woman’s wedding ring at the bottom of a lake. She took great pride in obtaining her LPN license while also being a wife and a mother. She found her passion caring and helping others as a nurse. The time she spent with her grandchildren was precious and cherished. Not only did she cook and bake them whatever they wanted to eat, they quickly learned to play cribbage for money!! In the past few years, her great, great grand daughter, Darlynn, was the light of her life. They had a very special connection. She will be truly missed but her love, wisdom and kindness will live on in all of our hearts. She will be caring and cooking for others in heaven and we hope they know how lucky they are to get her roast beef, omelets, peanut butter cookies and hamburger gravy. Love you more mom!!
Betty is survived by her children, Dianne LaNou, Gloria (Ron) DeBusman, Randy (Susan) Pilgrim, Rebecca (Craig) Hinzmann; Grandchildren, Tamara (Jon) Bohaty, Matt (Susan) LaNou, Michael DeBusman, Joseph Hinzmann, Andrew Hinzmann; Great-grandchildren, Erinn Bohaty, Luke (Jacy) Bohaty, Steven Bohaty, Rebecca (Christopher) Peterson, Laura Bohaty, Isaac Bohaty, Jon Bohaty Jr., Faith LaNou, Noah LaNou; great- great-grandchild, Darlynn Bohaty; Nephew, Robert (Melissa) Steinman; Grand-Nephew and Niece, John (Jenny) Steinman and Megan (Brendan) McLaughlin; great-grand Niece and Nephews, Declan, Shemus, Mackenzie and Liliana; step children, Barb (John) Karlen, Carolyn(Gale) Haas, Lynn Rowan and Mary Jo Christorf.
She was preceded in death by parents Josephine and John Kavadas, siblings Helen Steinman, Lawrence Kavadas, Raymond Kavadas, Husband Kenneth Shafer and Husband Ralph Pilgrim.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the Cornell Care Center staff and Mayo Hospice who provided hugs, comfort, support and love during a difficult time. A celebration of life will be held in May.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Cornell Care Center.


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