Margaret “Peg” Schaeffer age 96 of Helena, passed away March 2, 2014. Peggy was born September 4, 1917 to Edward and Agnes Ellsworth of Helmville Montana.
As a young person she loved her family, her friends, her Catholic Faith, her dogs and the community where she lived.
Peggy graduated from Columbus School of Nursing, a registered Nurse in 1939. In 1942 during World War II she enlisted in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. She was stationed at the U. S. Army Air Base in Reno Nevada. It was here that she met and married Jim Schaeffer Sr.
After the war, the family returned to Helmville where she was a wife, mother and a source of help to her father in his business.
The family moved to Helena in 1960, where she continued her career as a nurse at Fort Harrison VA Hospital. After her retirement from Fort Harrison, she continued to work part time at St. Peters Hospital in Helena.
Whether family member or friend of Peggy’s, she was a mighty fortress for you.
Peggy is survived by her son, James Schaeffer Jr. and wife Barbara; grandsons, James Schaeffer III (wife Tami) and Steve Schaeffer Sr.; step-daughters Jill Keating and Marie Flemming; niece Darlene Mannix of Helmville; great-grandsons Steven Schaeffer Jr., Brayden Schaeffer and granddaughter Ellie Schaeffer. She is preceded in death by her Husband James Schaeffer Sr. her parents Ed and Agnes Ellsworth, sisters Anna Spieker, Irene (Peaches) Raymand, Frances Ellsworth and brother Ed (Bus) Ellsworth Jr.
A Funeral Mass will be 12:10 p.m. Thursday, March 6th at Saint Mary Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Avenue. Immediately following the Mass will be a reception in the fellowship hall in the church. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorial may be sent to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455 Helena, MT 59604. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Peg.