Fayriene Schafer, 75, of White, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in White. A private family burial is in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in White.
Fayriene Yule was born on July 29, 1942. in Brookings the daughter of Don and Verda (Breault) Yule. She attended school in White and graduated from White High School in 1960.
Following her education she lived and worked for one year in Oregon, returning to South Dakota where she was employed at Canova State Bank, United Retirement Center, Town and Country Inn, and Wrights Mushrooms. Fayriene married Ronald Haase, and they had two sons, Steven and Bryan. Ronald died and she was later married to Edmund Schafer in 1974. In 1990, she began working for the White Leader, which changed its name to the Tri-City Star. In 2009, she retired from the newspaper. Ed died on Oct. 13, 2010.
Fayriene was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She was active in the community and held many offices including a charter member of the Brookings Area Genealogical Society, White Area Historical Society, charter member of the VFW Auxiliary, and the White Community Club.
She served many years at the White Area Museum as curator. She was also project director of the White History Book and contributed histories in the Brookings County History Book, Our Towns in East Region of South Dakota Book and the Faith, Hope and Tenacity Book. She compiled four family history books and assisted with four additional family books.
Survivors include her children; Steven (Sandy) Haase of Sioux Falls, Bryan (Amy) Haase of Sioux Falls, Jan Campbell of Sioux Falls, Cindy (Larry) Fernholz of Wessington, Douglas (Marge) Schafer of Menno, Jon (Kim) Schafer of Sioux Falls, and Darryl (Lisa) Schafer of Sioux Falls; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Edward (Kathy) Yule of Florida; an aunt, Mary LaVonne Wellendorf of Iowa; sister-in-law, Lauretta Petersen of Sioux Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ronald and Edmund; and one sister, Linda Barnhart.
Memorials are preferred to Fairview Cemetery or the White Area Historical Society.