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Kelly A Schaefer
Sept. 19, 1973 - Dec. 17, 2016
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
5:30 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Road
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Road
Stockbridge, WI
Kelly A Schaefer
Chilton, WI

Kelly A. Schaefer, age 43, of Chilton & Madison, died on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her home in Chilton. Kelly was born September 19, 1973 in Appleton, daughter of Harvey Schaefer and the late Jane (Mauthe) Schaefer.

Following graduation from Stockbridge High School in 1991, Kelly pursued her nursing education at UW Eau Claire. After graduating in 1996, she began her 20 year career as a nurse at UW Hospital in Madison. Kelly worked in several areas of the hospital, but the Intensive Care Unit was her passion.

Volunteerism was a large part of Kelly’s life, especially after participating in the Calumet County 4-H program as a child. She volunteered as the Dane County 4-H Camp Nurse for the last 17 years and worked on many other committees and groups in 4-H and the community.

Kelly loved to travel, read, create garden artwork, play sports with friends, and most of all go sturgeon spearing. She would get so excited for sturgeon spearing that she would willingly get up in the early morning hours to chase the big one; that was a feat for her after working third shift all her nursing career.

Survivors include her father: Harvey; her brother Kyle and Katt Walter; her grandmother: Phyllis Mauthe; canine nephews: Frodo, Bodacious & Doc; Goddaughters: Aubrey and Amelia Paar; and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Kelly was preceded in death by her mother: Jane Schaefer; her grandparents: Lawrence Mauthe, & Agnes and Paul Schaefer, Sr.

Kelly and her family give special thanks to her best friends, Shelli Paar, Julie Hau, Amy Childs and Julie Kryger for all of the support and love. Thanks also to the Dane County 4-H Camp groups, the Stockbridge Lions Club, the Calumet County Home Hospice Nurses, her college roommates and Kelly’s amazing co-workers in the Trauma Life Support Center at UW Hospital. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming right from her initial diagnosis of cancer.

Funeral service will be at 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church (military Ave) in Stockbridge with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call at the church from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

In honor of Kelly’s life and legacy, please consider a donation to Special Olympics, Calumet County 4-H, Dane County 4-H, or Upham Woods 4-H Camp.
I had the privilege of knowing Nurse Kelly for many years as the Camp Nurse. She was a special lady and holds a special place in the hearts of many 4-Hers, including the Hoffman Family Rest in Peace

Kay Hoffman (4-H Friend) - Dec. 20, 2016


I will miss working with Kelly in the TLC. Rest In Peace.

Tina Carpenter (Co Worker) - Dec. 20, 2016


Kelly was a mentor to me. Like all great mentors, she found me, identified my potential, and supported my learning. I trace all achievements back to Kelly. She had huge impact on me personally and professionally that resonates today. She was smart, skilled, compassionate, and hardworking. I feel so very lucky for the time I had with her, in particular on D6/5. My deepest sympathy for her family and loved ones, she is very much missed.

Jennifer Kooiman Mohr ((UW RN/Her Orientee once upon a time)) - Dec. 20, 2016


I worked with Kelly on a number of units. She was also a good friend who I worked with in our union to enhance and promote staff nurses. She was awarded the Nurse Excellence award that she so deserved. I am so sad to hear of her passing. My sincere condolences to her family. She will be so missed. What a great nurse and compassionate person.

Tracy Suprise (Retired RN from UW) - Dec. 19, 2016


I loved working with Kelly; she was a smart, kind and caring nurse. You could always count on Kelly to start a tough IV or help with a challenging patient. She and I had good memories together, sharing our 4H stories & experiences. I will miss her so much!

Linda Thompson (TLC RN/coworker ) - Dec. 19, 2016


Kyle and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
Your Friends at Ahern

J. F. Ahern Co. - Dec. 19, 2016


So sorry to hear of Kelly's passing. I enjoyed working with her the year she served as the Calumet County Fairest of the Fair. My sympathy to her family and friends.

Tami Gasch - Dec. 19, 2016


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