Marie Rose (Franco) Shafer

Marie Rose (Franco) Shafer

July 9, 1926 – April 5, 2021

Died peacefully at her home with her daughters by her side at the age of 94.  Her parents, John and Lena Franco, immigrated from Italy and had four daughters: Lucille, Marie, Joann, and Dolores.

After graduating from Central High School, Marie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 1949 from the University of Omaha.  She then taught elementary school at various Omaha Public Schools for fourteen years.

On June 17, 1950, she married Don Cameron Shafer. They were married a little over 61 years until his death on November 14, 2011. They had three daughters: Regina, Rebecca, and Cynthia.

In 1964, Don and Marie opened the family owned and operated printing company, Don Shafer Display, Incorporated.  All three of their daughters were involved with the company throughout the years.  As a passionate businesswoman, Marie was still President up until her death.

Marie volunteered for the Arthritis Foundation, Madonna School, and Methodist Hospital for many years, as well as Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo for almost 50 years.  She had a strong faith in God and instilled that in her daily life.  This faith led her to take Sister Mary Evangeline, the foundress of the Madonna School, to Medugorje in Bosnia—an unofficial place of Catholic pilgrimage.  Marie had a love for Nebraska Husker football and attended many games throughout her life.  A lifelong avid bowler until the age of 90 with a 234 game, at times she bowled on three leagues a week.

She and Don traveled the world up until his death in 2011.  Marie continued to travel as often as possible with family and friends.  She was often referred to as the Energizer Bunny as she always had a full day planned.

Marie had a strong sense of tradition, hosting family get togethers, holidays, entertaining friends, and having dinner parties.  She always saw the best in people; she could see their potential and had the courage to tell someone if they weren’t living up to it.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Don C. Shafer; sisters, Lucille Mullin and Joann Bradley.  She is survived by daughters: Regina M. Beisch, Rebecca A. Kalisek (Keith), and Cynthia Shafer-Stern (John); sister, Dolores Carlisle; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren.

MEMORIAL MASS: Wednesday, April 28th at 10:30 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge Street.  Private Inurnment at Resurrection Mausoleum.

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  • Steve Sr Costigan Posted April 24, 2021 12:03 pm

    Sorry for You loss!! She was a wonderful lady!

  • Steve Sr Costigan Posted April 24, 2021 12:04 pm

    God bless her. She will be missed

  • Brian & Sue Christensen Posted April 25, 2021 10:59 am

    Sorry for your loss. We will really miss her. We has a lot of good times with her.. She was very special to us.

  • Lisa vazzano Posted April 26, 2021 10:40 am

    She was a gracious and beautiful woman. I will never forget her bottomless candy dish for me and her welcoming me into your family vacations. She was a spitfire and always had a smile on her face I will always remember her that way. I’m so sorry for your loss

  • Stephanie Doran Posted April 26, 2021 5:07 pm

    My sincere condolences. Marie will be missed. I will always remember her for many things, but mostly for playing cards and her willingness to shop all day. She accomplished much and stayed active in the business through the end. Thoughts & prayers to all the family.

  • Bev Vazzano Posted April 27, 2021 8:38 pm

    I was so very sorry to learn of your loss. I so enjoyed bowling with your mom. She might have been older than most of us, but when she put on those bowling shoes, she had super powers! She will be missed. My prayers to your family

  • Mary Casper, K.C..Huggins Posted April 28, 2021 7:56 am

    We are sorry for your loss. We will always think of her at Thanksgiving and playing cards. She was always so sweet to us.

  • Kory Lemcke Posted April 28, 2021 8:16 am

    So happy I got to enjoy a little bit of your smile on your travels through this life you definitely brought joy to my life many blessings to you in the afterlife. Sending many blessings to your family and loved ones

  • J M Skinner Posted April 28, 2021 7:59 pm

    Mrs. Shafer was a lovely, charming, and intelligent person . Feel blessed to have had her kind influence during some of my formative years. My prayers are with you…

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