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Kathryn Lee "Kathy" Schaefer

May 28, 1952 - January 13, 2021

Kathryn Schaefer, 68 passed away at her home January 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.  Kathy fought a courageous yearlong battle with Lung Cancer. She was born May 28, 1952 to Ann (Newing) Gates & Alexander Newing at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.  She was a graduate of Bayside High School in Virginia Beach.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 47 years James Michael Schaefer, daughter Crystal Schaefer; sisters Sharon Mees and her husband Phil of Hawai’i, Patricia Perry of Norfolk, JoAnn Weger and her husband Robert of Virginia Beach, brother Ted Newing and his wife Colleen of Aberdeen, Maryland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

Kathy loved gardening, spending time with her family and preparing for the family reunion she and Michael hosted every summer.  Kathy’s family was her pride and joy. She cared for those she loved like no other and never passed up an opportunity to spend time with them.  Each of Kathy’s friends and family could always depend on Kathy.  If anything needed to be done, she was the first to show up and the last to leave. During the last weeks of her life when the doctors thought her battle was over, Kathy surpassed their expectations with her remarkable strength.  Even in the last couple of days when her strength was fading quickly, her words were always about caring for others. Her love and lasting impression will never diminish.

Our family would like to especially thank Dr. Craig Franzman (Tidewater Oncology), Dr. Edwin Crandley (Sentara Healthcare) and Dr. Derik Falk (Bayview Physicians) and their amazing staff.  Your exceptional care made a difference in our journey.

Due to COVID and social distancing protocols, the Schaefer family has reserved the entire facility for your safety.  Please join us in celebrating Kathy’s life on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 12:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr. in Virginia Beach.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.   Condolences may be left for the family below. Can’t attend the service in person?  A livestream of Kathy’s Celebration of Life can be viewed on the day of the service by CLICKING HERE.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Kathy’s Celebration of Life

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