Monica R. Schaeffer (September 30, 1947 - March 29, 2023)

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Monica R. Schaeffer
  • September 30, 1947
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  • March 29, 2023

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Monica R. Schaeffer of The Villages, Florida passed from this life and entered her heavenly home on March 29, 2023. Monica was born to the late Raymond A. and Phyllis A. Harms on September 30, 1947, in Merrill, Michigan. She grew up on her family’s Centennial farm. She attended country school until the eighth grade and graduated from Breckenridge High School. Upon graduation she attended Ferris State College and transferred to Central Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Monica married Dennis L. Schaeffer on October 12, 1968. As a couple they both worked at GM Corporation in Springhill, Tennessee. Upon retirement, friends convinced them to move to The Villages in 2005.

Throughout her life she enjoyed gardening and was a Master Gardener. She loved pickle ball, walking, cardio drumming, golf, reading and playing the ukulele with the Strumming Sisters at NCUMC. She even got her husband to “pick up the uke.” She also volunteered for several church ministries, like Helping Hands, House of Hope, Bargains and Blessings, and MOAMI. Monica and Dennis enjoyed traveling throughout the United States & Europe. Though, Monica’s favorite trip was celebrating their 50th anniversary in Hawaii for a month. It was one month of relaxation and adventure.

Monica is survived by her husband, Dennis L. Schaeffer, daughter, Colleen Schaeffer, son, Trent Schaeffer and three grandsons; Luke and fraternal twin boys Thomas and Nolan Barnes and three sisters; Marilyn Katt, Sue McCaw, and Lynn Bucher. She was loved and loved many. Just prior to her passing she told her husband, “I did my best to provide hope and encourage others during my life. I fought the good fight.”

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 27, 2023  1:00 PM at New Covenant United Methodist Church. Memorial donations to New Covenant UMC’s  House of Hope Ministry or Samaritan’s Purse or Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449.  Sentiments are encouraged at


New Covenant United Methodist Church
3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162
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April 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM

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  1. Bob and Doris Becker says:
    21 Apr 2023
    The Helping Hands outreach ministry was greatly blessed with Monica's involvement in the original organization of this ministry in 2006. She was one of the original 12 volunteers who stepped out of their comfort zone to bless people in need with improved housing in the Wildwood area. This ministry grew to over 250 volunteers and provided 35 homes for people in need in the past 17 years.
    Monica's enthusiasm, working on the project homes, leadership involvement, terrific smile, and personality, greatly helped this ministry flourish over the years.
    Monica will be greatly missed, but she will be remembered by many people, and especially by those who she helped by providing them a hand-up in life with a home.

  2. Carey & Tom Jones says:
    16 Apr 2023
    We have many fond memories of times spent together……..9 holes of golf & dinner, birthdays, visits in Michigan. We will miss Monica’s smile and laugh. She left the world a better place.
    Love, Carey & Tom Jones

  3. Ron and Terry VanZoest says:
    10 Apr 2023
    Monica was a dear friend of over forty years. She will be remembered for her kindness and bubbly personality, always happy and upbeat. She was always singing and dancing, making everyone smile. She was creative, both with paints and her beautiful flower gardens, which she loved working in. She was curious about everything, always learning, and never met a stranger. A compassionate, friendly, much loved friend who will be sorely missed. We love you Monica. Until we meet again one day in our heavenly home. Rest in peace.

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