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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
Fax: 812-333-4445
Emalou Harman Schaffer

Emalou Harman Schaffer

Monday, July 24th, 1933 - Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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Emalou Harman Schaffer passed away on October 18, 2020 at the age of 87. She was born in Lynn, Indiana to Evelyne and Cecil Harman. After living her early childhood in Indiana, her family moved to North Carolina where she graduated from New Bern High School with honors and lettered in basketball. Emalou then attended and earned her nursing diploma from North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Following a desire to return to Indiana and work as a pediatric nurse, Emalou began her nursing career at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. While there she met and married Dr. James Schaffer. Together they raised four children: Edith, James Jr., Daniel, and Anne.
Family, faith, and service were her priorities. Emalou enjoyed organizing family gatherings for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. She also enjoyed taking vacations with her family. Visiting many of the U.S. lighthouses was a particular favorite travel activity for her. Emalou was a very active member of St Mark's United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana for more than 50 years, contributing her talents in several teaching and administrative roles. She further volunteered her time and energy in support of the Bloomington Hospital Auxiliary. Emalou sponsored and maintained written correspondence with many children for several years through the World Vision Organization. She loved animals and her home was never without a dog or two, always a stray or foster pet adopted by her.
Emalou was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one grandchild, James Benjamin. She is survived by her children, Edith (Greg) Knapp, James Jr. (Claire) Schaffer, Daniel (Julie) Schaffer, and Anne (Richard) Ilvarsonn, her grandchildren, Leslie, Gregory, Jean, Jocelyn, Evan, and Wren, several great-grandchildren, and her sister, Sue Ann Russell.
A private funeral service for the family will be held. In lieu of flowers, Emalou requested persons make a donation to the charity of their choice.
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I feel so fortunate to have know Mrs. Schaffer and Dr. Schaffer... some advice from Mrs. Schaffer that I just used a few weeks ago, to my daughter who had our 2nd grandson. My oldest was a little small when born and Dr. Schaffer was her pediatrician, when they mixed her up at the hospital I was so upset I said nothing until Dr. Schaffer came in, told him and even though Bethie was small he said I could go home but the next night I was to take her out to Emalou and have her check her out. My Mom drove me out the next evening and of course being a new mother I was nervous and wanted Mrs. Schaffer to think I was a good mother I expected my two day old baby to be perfect ... Beth was crying and crying, I was mortified, I wanted her to be a good baby. Mrs. Schaffer took her and checked her over the whole time she just kept crying. I made an apology and Mrs. Schaffer looked at me and told me it's okay, its good for babies to cry some, helps their lungs, that assurance went a long way in calming this first time Mom. What great advice, especially for new mothers... I appreciate all the advice and kindness shown to our family by the Schaffers. Sending our sympathy, prayers and love to all the family! Jim and Cathy Murphy
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