Medora and North Dakota to say good bye to an icon
(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) and the many members of the Schafer family sadly announce today the passing of Sheila Schafer. She was 90.
Memorial details will be forthcoming as family and friends from around the nation are notified of the passing of our beloved Sheila.
(Update: funeral will be Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 am at Lutheran Church of the Cross – 1004 East Highland Acres Road, Bismarck ND.)
Sheila was born May 17, 1925, as Sheila Chinn and spent much of her youth surrounded by some of the most talented big band and jazz musicians in the country that her father had contracted to perform in Fargo’s Crystal Ballroom. She studied drama and starred in several stage productions herself. Sheila was the star of every room and the light of every gathering.
When she and Harold Schafer married in 1965, it was the love of a lifetime for both of them. They brought two families together into one and celebrated their love for one another by renewing their vows over 25 times through the years. And they shared their love with so many – from family members, to friends, celebrities, and the people of North Dakota who they especially hoped to share their happiness with.
When the Medora Musical opened for the first time in 1965, just days after they returned from their honeymoon, Sheila and Harold were the faces of the new, family-friendly show and of Historic Medora. Together with their family, Sheila and Harold rebuilt many parts of historic Medora by investing large sums of their fortune, eventually donating the entirety of their Medora holdings for the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.
The dream they strived to achieve together was to offer good, clean family entertainment in a place where families could be together. They worked tirelessly and excitedly on that dream together until Harold’s passing in 2001, when Sheila became the remaining heart of Medora.
The dream they shared together, the Medora Musical, celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015, with Sheila Schafer attending many of the summer’s 100 performances with her trademark excitement, hooting and hollering, and “Hi Band” waves to help start the show.
Sheila Schafer was truly the heart and soul of Medora for many, many years and today we lost one of the world’s most wonderful, generous, and loving people.
She will be missed deeply, but her legacy of love and life will be remembered and carried on through her many loving family members, her thousands of friends, and the millions of people she touched through her time on this Earth.
Submitted by TRMF.