Ruth Schaffer


Ruth Joan Schaffer, 92, a resident of Palmer Hills, Bettendorf and a former resident of Craig, Colorado, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at Genesis Medical Center East Rusholme, Davenport.

Ruth has lived in Bettendorf since 2004, moving here to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Joel Funk. 

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 – 18th St., Bettendorf. Entombment will be Mt. Lindo Memorial Park Mausoleum, Morrison, Colo. The family will greet friends Thursday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

The Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ruth Joan Steinbrecher was born March 5, 1918 in Chicago, a daughter of William F. and Gertrude Veronica (Mantz) Steinbrecher. She was united in marriage to Lester E. Schaffer on April 28, 1938 at St. Ambrose Cathedral, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ruth was employed by Lakewood Printing in Lakewood, Colorado for 28 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Professional Business Women’s Association, and Soroptimist Women’s Volunteer Organization.

Memorials can be made to St. John Vianney Church.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Joel Funk, Bettendorf; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Schaffer, Santa Rosa, California; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Casey) Johnson, Robert (Mary) Funk, Elizabeth (Jason) Smith, Erik Young, Todd Young, and Eric Loyd, and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Catherine Loyd, and a brother, William F. Steinbrecher, Jr. May they rest in peace. 

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Ruth’s obituary at


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