108 year-old Topeka woman passes away

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A 108 year-old woman, born and raised in Topeka, passed away earlier this week.

According to her obituary, Edna Shaffer passed away on Monday at McCrite Plaza, in Topeka. Born when William Howard Taft was president and there were only 46 stars on the flag, Shaffer lived nearly all of her life right here in the Capital City with her husband, Eugene "Gene" Shaffer.

The only time they lived anywhere else was during WWII when they went to Bellevue, Nebraska, so Gene could help build bombers. While they were there, the Shaffers and other couples helped organize a Lutheran Church.

Services will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 901 SW Fillmore, with the burial, at Memorial Park Cemetery taking place immediately afterwards.

Visitation will take place an hour before the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 901 SW Fillmore St., Topeka, Kansas, 66606.

Shaffer was a lifetime member, and active in the Women's League, at St. John's Lutheran Church, going on to become its oldest member ever. 13 NEWS was there in 2014 when she was recognized at the eldest retired United Way volunteer.

Edna and Gene were married for 70 years, from their wedding in July 1932, until his passing in 2002.

She is survived by her son, Edward, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.