Barbara K. Schafer - 71

6/27/1946 - 11/27/2017

Winnebago, Illinois

Barbara K. Schafer, 71, of Winnebago died unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Born June 27, 1946 in Joliet, IL, daughter of Glenn and Rachel (Murdie) Kay. Lived in the Rockford area since 1975 and was active in the community. She worked at Aunt Mary's Pancake House while raising her children, but returned to teaching, a job she loved until her retirement. Survivors include her children, Sarah (Jeremy) Pittenger, Geneva, IL, Paula Schafer of San Diego, CA, Michael (Brandy) Schafer of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Henry and William Pittenger; brother, Gordon (Barbara) Kay; and many nieces and nephews. She was adored by all who knew her. Preceded in death by her father, mother, and stepfather, Cameron Dystrup.

At her request, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to Team Rubicon, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90045, phone number 310-640-8787 or Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614, phone number 888-708-7757. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL online condolences may be left at

Her generosity, spirit, and warm personality uplifted everyone she met.

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