Esther Joy Shaffer
Esther J. Shaffer, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Henry County Health Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Forest Home Cemetery. Gifts of love and friendship may be given to Vintage Raven Kitten Haven, a shelter for cats located in Mt. Pleasant. On-line condolences may be directed to

Born June 17, 1927, in Oskaloosa, IA, Esther Joy was the daughter of John and Gertrude M. (Van Willigen)
Van Ee. She was a 1945 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. She took college courses at Iowa Wesleyan College, along with secretarial classes at other schools. On September 20, 1947, Esther married Robert G. "Red" Shaffer in Oskaloosa, IA. After seventy-one years of marriage, he preceded her in death on October 20, 2018.

As a young woman, Esther was a waitress at the Kozy Café in Mt. Pleasant. She then worked as a production worker at Sheaffer Pen in Mt. Pleasant. Using her secretarial skills, Esther worked in the office at Iowa Wesleyan College, Scientific Applications, and Staats, all located in Mt. Pleasant.

Esther was a loving wife and mother. She was a lifetime V.F.W. Auxiliary member and a member of TOPS for many years. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada and especially liked to visit various cemeteries for research and historical purposes. Esther was fond of dogs and cats. While on the family farm, she would often hunt for mushrooms, buckeyes, artifacts, and rocks.

Survivors include niece, Pam (Doug) Morrison of Alameda, CA; daughter-in-law, Fae Erickson Ramsey of Des Moines, IA; and special friend, Carolyn (Dennis) Prottsman of Mt. Pleasant, IA. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Genevieve (Brandon) Hays and John Ramsey; and three step great-grandchildren, Jonah Dell, Caroline Hays and Teddy Hays.

Along with her husband and parents, Esther was preceded in death by son, Robert G. Shaffer II; brother, John Van Ee; and three sisters, Bernice Van Ee, Harriette Engle, and Arlene Van Ee.
Published on October 23, 2019


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