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Martha Schaefer

April 16, 1913 — February 17, 2013

PEORIA - Martha Marie Schaefer, 99, of Peoria passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Apostolic Christian Skylines, where she had lived for 20 years.

She was born on April 16, 1913, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, to Henry and Caroline (Joos) Schaefer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Christ, Ernest, Emil, John, Otto, Anton and Herman; and two sisters, Hilda and Lydia.

Martha was loved by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Martha was a housekeeper and caregiver for many years, beginning in her teens and continuing into her 90's. She was always willing to help and encourage others throughout her life.

She gave her life to the Lord in 1939 and served Him faithfully as a member of the Apostolic Christian Church for 74 years. Martha loved her family, her church family and her Skylines family. She will be missed by the many people she loved and cared for.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Church of Peoria, 3420 N. Sheridan Road, with visitation prior to the service from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The Apostolic Christian Church ministers will be officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines.

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