Barbara Shafer

Shafer, Barbara Jean of Rhinebeck, entered into rest Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, she was 61.
Born June 30, 1950 in Beacon, she was the daughter of the late Robert Tomlins and Winona O’Dell Tomlins Bailey.
She was employed as a bus driver for Rhinebeck Schools System.
Survivors include her her husband Alan R. Shafer at home, he is employed at Walmart, in Kingston, a daughter; Janice Lee Shafer of Rhinebeck, and several nieces and nephews.
Services and interment is private and at the convenience of the family.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY.

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  1. Ralph Heady says:

    Alan, Janice …. We are so sorry to hear about Barbara. If there is anything Susanne or I can do, please let us know. We both think back to the days when our kids were small and we would get together and play cards all night. We had a lot of fun getting together. I know words can not heal your aching hearts, but we want you to know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers. Again, if we can do anything, please let us know.

    Ralph & Susanne

  2. Dr. Edward Sullivan says:

    As a former Principal of Chancellor Livingston School in Rhinebeck, I recall Barbara’s concern for children and her reliability as a driver. She was a safe driver who took her job seriously. Several times, Barbara would bring young children back to school because no one was at home to greet them. What a caring individual!!! I always enjoyed talking with Barbara and hearing stories of her experiences as a driver. A lovely person!!!

  3. Deborah and Hermann Freihofer. says:

    Alan and Janice…We are so sorry for your loss.we will miss her dearly.I will miss the trips with her to monticello.if Any one needed to get some where.she was there.She helped me with the Long Distance Driving.She will be missed.



  5. Carol Ciccarelli Simpson, Lorraine Odell Owen says:

    We are so sorry for your loss…Thoughts and Prayers to both of you.

  6. Alice Wilbeck says:

    To the family of Barbara Shafer,

    Our daughter was lucky enough to have Barbara as her bus driver for about a year. Every year, we hoped the driver would be Barbara again. She was friendly and caring and we trusted her with our daughter’s safety. Even when she wasn’t driving our daughter, she was always friendly and concerned about all the children. We are so sorry for your loss.

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