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Helen Anita Shafer

December 6, 1934 — March 24, 2024

Albion: Helen “Anita” (Grimm) Shafer, peacefully passed away on March 24, 2024. She was born December 6, 1934 in Washington DC and adopted by the late Albert and Mildred (Haines) Grimm. 

Anita was a 1952 graduate of Albion High School, loved to do volunteer work and help people in need in our community. She was also a very active member of TWIG at Medina Memorial Hospital. Anita enjoyed knitting baby blankets and outfits for countless children in her spare time. She helped run the fundraising campaign to restore the chapel roof at Millville Cemetery.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Robert Shafer Sr. in 2022, brother Richard Grimm and niece Gretchen Grimm. 

Anita is survived by her daughters, Karen (Bruce) Rutherford, Jan (Bill) Whetstone, Julie (late Lou) Santos, Sandee (Don) Lepkoske, children of Robert Sr., Robert Shafer Jr., Bonnie Shafer, Jackie Woolbright, grandchildren, Tricia Young, Troy (Danyell) Lepkoske, Matt (Nicole Nawotka) Wilkins, Rob (Greg Johnson) Santos, Amber (Dan) Ryan, Nick (Bethany) Lepkoske, Jennah (Chris) Johnson, Jay Lepkoske, special granddaughter, Mikayla Heitzenrater, great- grandchildren, Adriana, Ben, Hailey, Ava, Austin, Brookelyn, Jason, Hannah, Abbie, Lily, Koen, Jaxon and Renley, sister, Bonnie (Dr. Robert) Weisberg, sister-in-law, Suzanne Grimm as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no prior calling hours. Anita’s graveside service will be held at Millville Cemetery on Friday, March 29th at 11:30am.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of Orleans 14080 Route 31 Albion, NY 14411, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the Make a Wish Foundation 1702 E. Highland Ave., Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Anita’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion, NY.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

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