DOLORES “DEE” (SOAVE) SCHAFER

October 27, 2023

DOLORES “DEE” (SOAVE) SCHAFER

Dolores “Dee” (Soave) Schafer – of Woburn, died peacefully, October 27th, with her husband of 57 years, Richard E. “Dick” Schafer, by her side. She was seventy-eight years of age. Dear sister of the late Philip Soave, Joseph Soave and Theresa Torrice. Dee is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 3rd in St. Charles Parish, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA at 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Thursday, November 2nd from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Dolores “Dee” (Soave) Schafer – of Woburn, died peacefully, October 27th, with her husband of 57 years, Richard E. “Dick” Schafer, by her side. She was seventy-eight years of age. 

In Dolores “Dee” Soave’s 1963 Woburn High School yearbook, she wrote that her biggest goal was to “be a bullfighter.” While she never quite attained that goal, she lived her life with a boldness and sense of adventure which would make any bullfighter jealous.

Dolores was born in 1945 in Woburn Massachusetts to her parents Adele and Guiseppe Soave and a large Italian family. For many of her many nieces and nephews, she was a strong link to the Italian cultural and food traditions she helped preserve. She was educated in Woburn schools, graduating from High School in 1963. She attended the Tewksbury School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for many years at Winchester Hospital.

After her retirement from nursing, she worked at Woburn City Hall, the Burlington Police Station, and for many years as a volunteer at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Woburn. Everyone who ever worked with her would remember her for her sense of decorating, her hospitality, and her kindness.

Anyone who knew Dolores Schafer knew she was always so much more than her work life. She was a great traveler who earlier in life traveled through Europe with her husband. She enjoyed cruises and casinos and always sought out a good adventure. She was a great artist and art lover and a phenomenal baker and cook. Her home was not only distinctively decorated, but it was also always ready to host family, friends, and neighbors. To her many nieces and nephews, she was a confidant, an escape, a co-conspirator, a tough-love advocate, and a second mother.

 

She is predeceased by her parents Adele and Giuseppe Soave and her siblings, Phillip Soave, Theresa (Torrice), and Joseph Soave. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Schafer and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews, cousins, as well as the extended community of friends and neighbors for whom she always made room in her heart and in her home.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 3rd in St. Charles Parish, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA at 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Thursday, November 2nd from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 3rd in St. Charles Parish, 280 Main St., Woburn, MA at 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Thursday, November 2nd from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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  1. Hi Dick. This is Ernie Larkin. Jean told me a few days ago about Dolores. I am so sorry. If there is anything i can do, please let me know.

  2. To the family of Dolores Schafer,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. As the CEO of Italian Home for Children, I want to say we are honored that you would put us in the obituary. We will honor Dolores by providing wonderful care to the kids. We are thinking of those close with Dolores and wish you peace in your memories of her.

  3. Dickie, this is Pat Meader George’s, whatever brother sister lol. I’m just sending you a little note to thank you and tell you how sorry I am about your wife of many years. It doesn’t seem possible but I hope that everything goes well for you. love you

  4. Barbara Baudanza Boehler

    Sorry to hear the sad news about Dolores. I grew up on the same street just 2 houses away and I have a lot of fun memories. Sending Love & Prayers to her family Barbara Baudanza Boehler

  5. Alice & Jim Doherty

    Dear Dick, We just heard about Dee’s passing, Please accept our condolences, she was a very special lady, Jim & Alice Doherty

  6. A special lady. She will be missed. The family wont be the same without her contagious smile and wit, RIP

  7. Elizabeth Kelsen

    Dolores, our Queen B, we will miss you terribly. Please tell the clan that we miss them all so very much.

    Love and Blessings,
    Beth, David and all the Kelsens

  8. Dick, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your best friend. She was a best friend to so many! For me, she was such an inspiration – especially on the subject of life. She will be sorely missed.

  9. God has a special angel. Dolores was the best sister-in-law ever. Sweetest, kindest and most loving. Dick was lucky to have her for so many years. She will be missed so much by family and friends. We all love her so much.

  10. Mary ( Haverty)Landry

    Dolores and I grew up on Mt Pleasant Street as kids. We run into each other once in awhile and it always felt like it was just yesterday we saw each other. I have many good memories of her. Sorry for your loss. May she Rest in Peace

  11. Richard , I am so sorry to hear that Delores has passed away, she was a beautiful, joyful lady. RIP Dee Dee

  12. John, Lisa Maher and family

    Our deepest sympathies. She was a wonderful person. Her smile would light up a room.

  13. Kristen MacEachern

    Richard, I am so sorry to hear about Dee’s passing! My condolences to you and your family

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