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Florence Louise Shaffer 1931 - 2016
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Florence Louise Shaffer 1931 - 2016

Florence Louise Shaffer, 84, died May 7, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 6, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John J. and Sophia B. (Gleissner) Bahr. On Nov. 26, 1952, she married Benjamin J. Shaffer in Olmitz. A Great Bend resident since 1995, she had previously resided in Hays from 1953 to 1969, Great Bend from 1969 to 1985, and Ness City from 1985 to 1995. She was a Registered Nurse and private care provider.
Mrs. Shaffer was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altar Society and St. Rose School of Nursing Alumni in Great Bend.
Survivors include her husband, Benjamin J. Shaffer, of the home; three sons, Kenneth Shaffer and his wife Donna of Great Bend, Tom Shaffer and his wife Sue of Wichita, and Dan Shaffer of St. John; six daughters, Linda Elliott and her husband Thomas of McPherson, Patsy Giangrosso and her husband Charli of Gladstone, Mo., Treva Goodman and her husband Allen and Cathy Shaffer, both of Hays, Laurie Logan and her husband Richard of Clay Center, and Sharon Denney and her husband Joe of Great Bend; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Bahr; and five sisters, Irma VonPessl, Valeria Malek, Matilda Spicka, Marie Maneth and Margaret Wendel.
Altar Society Rosary will be held at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m., today at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Don Bedore celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery in Olmitz. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to Sister Aquinata Penka Nursing Scholarship or Prince of Peace Parish Altar Society, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 10, 2016