Catherine Ann Schaeffer was born on August 19, 1949. She passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, unexpectedly in surgery. Catherine is survived by her only sister, Heather Joyce Charles of St. Louis, Missouri; and MaryAnn Wegner, her roommate and business partner of the past 20 years.

Also surviving Catherine are so many close friends, far too many to mention, but all of which became like “family”.

Preceding Catherine in death were her parents, Elizabeth and Herman Strecker, her son Christopher, aunts, uncles, and sadly some very close friends. All individuals lost to Catherine were always thought of with love, respect and thankfulness for their parts in her life.

I would be greatly remiss if I did not mention the animals which were a huge part of her life. She always said she wanted to go to the Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with her passed animals.

Catherine was a true “Wild Child” of the 60’s. She often commented that she was lucky to have come through those years alive. For those of us who came to know Catherine, we are and will forever be grateful that she had survived those years as well. She had the qualities of stubbornness, strong mindedness, honesty, understanding and most of all compassion for others (especially the animals).

Catherine and MaryAnn formed the Last Chance Cat Sanctuary, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit humane organization in 1999. This organization brought us close with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its local personnel. L.C.C.S. dedicated itself to Animal Welfare Education, responsible animal care, and very importantly Spay/Neuter. In 2008 she became the Shelter Manager for the county for one of the largest dog seizures the county has had. She acquired the large number of volunteers necessary to take care of, provide socialization and training for the dogs seized by the County, always with the goal of eventual adoption into “forever” homes (nearly 200 dogs). The National English Shepherd Rescue organization assisted Catherine in getting this massive job completed. This project was entitled “Operation New Beginnings”.

Catherine would want the efforts she began for humane animal care to carry on and continue to be supported by her friends and family. We salute Catherine for her unyieldingness in these matters and will honor her name and memory as we carry on! Fare-thee-Well, Catherine, til’ we meet again on Rainbow Bridge!

Catherine wanted to be cremated, which she was. A Memorial will be scheduled at a later date and announcements/notifications will be made at that time.

Any donations in her memory may be made to the Last Chance Cat Sanctuary.