Colleen C. Shaffer, 94, of New Riegel, and formerly of Nevada, passed away 6:44 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at her residence with her family by her side.
Born Dec. 11, 1927, in Hancock County, she was the daughter of Fred and Edith R. (Mitsch) Livingston. After six years of courting, she married Fred Raymond Cheney on March 15, 1951. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1955. With the “help” of her older brothers, she was introduced to Albert F. Shaffer. They married on June 14, 1958, in St. Andrew’s Chapel in Findlay. Albert died on June 17, 2002.
A 1945 graduate of Mt. Blanchard High School, Colleen attempted to join the service. However, due to her height deprivation, she was told to go home and grow up. She was a Fuller Brush representative for five years. She later took a job at Millington Plastics in Upper Sandusky and retired from there after 30 years. Her true joy was being a homemaker and farmer’s wife. Tending to her garden, canning, baking and raising her daughters gave her great joy. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren put a gleam in her eye. She would do anything for them.
Colleen and Albert enjoyed many years together. They shared many hobbies, with Polka dancing being number one. They spent many weekends traveling to different locations to kick up their shoes, including a trip to Florida. She was a former member of Ohio Polka Boosters. She was a longtime member of Trinity United Church of Christ in McCutchenville. Her faith and church were very important to her.
Colleen is survived by two daughters, Patricia Lynn (Robert) Cheney Farringer of Maumee and Alecia K. (Ted) Sharp of New Riegel; five grandchildren, Kristi (Jamie) Brandeberry, Lyndsi Bortles, Shawn M. (Andrew) Weyers, Wesley (Jessica) Sharp and Ashley (Tyler) Schmitz; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Betty J. Main of Bluffton and Mary L. Garner of Findlay.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husbands; a son, Gary Dean Cheney; and two brothers, Harold and Robert Livingston; and a sister, Leona Wiess.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey.
Colleen’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the funeral home with the Rev. Elyse Cramer officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ or Bridge Home Health and Hospice and sent to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.