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July 16, 1923 - April 22, 2012
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. May 11 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Kathleen “Kay” Marie (Meissner) Shafer was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles Shafer, exactly 14 years to the day. Interment will follow at Guaje Pines Cemetery.
Born in Norwood, Mass., she graduated from Norwood High, attended Mary Brooks College and Boston University and attained a nursing degree from Mass General Hospital. She was a school nurse for the Los Alamos Schools and Northern New Mexico communities.
She married and moved to Los Alamos in 1947and worked as a medical secretary at the Los Alamos Hospital. With two children, they moved to Rochester, Minn., where Dr. Shafer completed his Mayo Clinic fellowship. With four kids, they returned in 1954 to Los Alamos and settled at Canyon Road. Kay was a committed and traditional housewife and devoted mom of five children.
Kay served the Catholic church in Los Alamos and Santa Fe as lector and commentator, developed cherished friends, played tennis or golf, camped and fished. She pursued her lifelong love of art as a gifted sculptress and painter (water colors and oil), gifting family and friends with a legacy of unique pieces. She was one of the original founders of the Los Alamos Art Association and Picnic Painters. Her hope was to be remembered as someone who brought a bit of sunshine, humor and optimism to others. Kay was truly a person of joie de vivre.
“Madre” is survived by three sons, two daughters, three in-laws and eight grandchildren who affectionately called her “Nana.” They include: Chas Shafer (Jennifer) of Durango; Jason, Derrin (Jesse) with great grand-child on the way; Greg Shafer, C.P.A. (Andrea), Chas, JD, LLM, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Col. John Shafer, U.S.M.C., (Sally), Ryan, Reid and James of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Beverly Shafer, M.D., of Boston, Mass.; and Diane Shafer Dekker, PhD, R.N., (Dale AIA), of Albuquerque, Travis, Paige and Luke.
Kay would have appreciated donations to Catholic Church, or Medical Centers in Los Alamos or Santa Fe, Servants of the Paraclete, or any cause promoting the arts, cancer or dementia research.