Norma (Mimi) Schaper, 92, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston. She was born September 19, 1918, in Galveston, and survived the 1918 influenza pandemic, the depression, and waiting for the love of her life to return from World War II. “My life began” when she married that love, August Charles (A.C.) Schaper and shared life at the Schaper dairy. They were married for 63 years and had three children.
Norma was a talented musician. She appeared in many musical productions and was an accomplished pianist. She sang in the choir at First Lutheran Church for 40+ years and was a soloist for countless weddings. She loved music and it was always a major part of her life. Norma loved God and the church, and the family at First Lutheran was a central part of her life. She was honored as “Pillar of the Church” in 2003.
Many can attest that Norma was a fabulous cook, as there were many backyard cookouts and large family dinners. She loved her garden, especially the sweet peas, pansies, and the lemon tree. She was very artistic and loved to embroidery and was a beautiful seamstress. Norma so loved and avidly followed the Astros and the Dallas Cowboys. She lived in Sugar Land with her daughter, Jill, for her last 5 years and was a joy to everyone around her. Norma was essentially an extremely kind person and was loving to everyone, family or stranger.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, A.C. (age 92); sister, Dorothy Faulkner; and brothers, Norman Tobleman, Jr. and William Tobleman.
She is survived by her daughter, Diann; son, A.C. (Skippy) Jr. and wife, Denise; and daughter, Jill Yancey and husband, Rick; grandchildren: Lori Diaz and fiancé, Fred Utley; Christopher Yancey and wife, Kelly; great grandchildren: Hanna and Kimi Diaz; sisters, Florence Giusti, Betty Albright, and Virginia Wood; sisters-in-law: Mable Schulze, AnnaBelle Swygert, Catherine Siefkes, Jane Schaper, Waunita Schaper, and Charlotte Tobleman; brothers-in-law, Ray Schaper and Rusty Schaper; and godchildren, Karen Meyers and Kathy Svoboda.
Norma’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 9th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, December 10th, at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow the service at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Chris Yancey, Rusty Schaper, Pat Dye, Ronnie Tobleman, Jimmy Fundling, and Frank Macaluso. Honorary pallbearers are Nina Ceccacci, Angie Keller, Joe and Helga Garcia, George Black, D. Gale Rogers, Mary and Jimmy Westmoreland, Bubba and Martha Wedemeyer, and Joan Shaw.
The family would like to thank Marilyn Chuvac for the loving care she gave to Norma.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550.