Johanna Margaret Schaefer

Johanna Margaret Schaefer, 96, of Leadville, passed away on June 8 in Leadville.

She was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Leadville to Charles and Agnes (Pucel) Jakopic. She married Ted Schaefer on Aug. 27, 1950, in Leadville.

She was a mother and homemaker and belonged to the Musicians Union, the St. Joseph’s Church Choir, was the secretary for the American Fraternal Union and was a member of the Slovene National Benefit Society for 80 years. She was an avid bowler, loved dancing to polka music and watching her beloved Colorado Rockies. Schaefer also crocheted hundreds of afghans, many of which she donated to the ECU patients at St. Vincent Hospital.

She is survived by her sons Carl (Donna) Schaefer of Leadville, David (Rhonda) Schaefer of Farmington, N.M.; grandson Riley (Delanie) Schaefer of Sanford, N.C.; granddaughters Claire (Scott) Berger of Miliken, Megan (Kevin) Welch of Thornton, Kelli (Jerry) Fellows of Ogden, Utah; great grandchildren Brayden and Bryant Schaefer and Cooper and Paxton Welch and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville with the recitation of the Rosary to follow the visitation at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville. A reception will follow the interment at the Leadville Elks Lodge, #236.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake County Civic Center Association or the Old Church Fund. Visit to leave a condolence or remembrance for the family.