April A. Schafer | April 4, 1950 - April 28, 2014

Woman had plenty of spirit

2014-05-08T13:46:00Z 2014-05-08T15:54:17Z Woman had plenty of spiritCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 08, 2014 1:46 pm  • 

April Schafer was an outgoing woman, who would always go out of the way for people, said her daughter, Lauren Branigin.

Even in high school, she was a popular girl, voted “Miss School Spirit,” she said.

“Even when she needed help herself, she was always helping everyone else,” she said. “She loved to help the people who needed it the most.”

April A. Schafer, 64, of Crown Point, died April 28. She had been a flight attendant for 17 years for United Airlines.

She loved to travel, especially to Maui. At her funeral, the family had Hawaiian flowers and a ukulele, her daughter said.

Branigin said her mother was good at everything she did. She could sail and ski slalom, both of which she learned growing up at her family home.

“My uncle said she could throw a football better than a boy,” she said. “She was a Jack of all trades.”

She had her first stroke at age 42, but was determined to not let it slow her down. She coached cheerleading, kept traveling, and let Branigin, an only child, have pets.

“She tried her best to make up for the things she couldn’t do,” she said. “She wanted to be involved in everything I did.”

She was an avid ballroom dancer, and continued to ballroom dance until about five years ago.

“She was always outgoing and strong,” she said.

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