Obituaries: Donald A. Schaffrick

Donald A. Schaffrick, 84, of Bristol, beloved husband of Irma (Werner) Schaffrick, died on Wednesday (October 5, 2016) at St. Francis Hospital, Donald was born in Bristol on January 15, 1932 and was a son of the late Gerhardt and Ethel (Hicks) Schaffrick.  A lifelong Bristol resident, he attended school and graduated along with his future wife from Immanuel Lutheran School in 1946 and Bristol High School in 1950.  He went on to serve as a medic with the United States Army in Korea.  After his war service, he went to work for New Departure where he worked until retiring in 1987.  He was a fan of UCONN Huskies basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family.  He’ll fondly be remembered for reminding his family to “stay out of the hot sun” even on the cloudiest of days.  In addition to his wife of 62 years, Don is survived by three children and their spouses: Jim and Lori Schaffrick of Litchfield, Cynthia and John Dell’Aera, and Brad and Terri Schaffrick, all of Bristol; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Fred and Louise Schaffrick and Paul Schaffrick, all of Bristol; eight grandchildren: Katie Schaffrick, Becky Schaffrick, Jonathan Dell’Aera and wife, Kelly, Dena Dell’Aera and Matt Mullinex, Dave Dell’Aera and wife, Jerrica, Alyson, Lindsey, and Chelsea Schaffrick; three great-grandchildren: Emerson, Ella Grae, and Katelynne Dell’Aera; many nieces and nephews; and his special friend and neighbor, Joe Masi.   He was predeceased by two brothers, Gordon and Richard Schaffrick, and two sisters: Eunice Charest on September 29th and infant Mildred Schaffrick.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday (October 8, 2016) at 11 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 Meadow St., Bristol.  Burial, with military honors, will follow in Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday between 10 and 11 AM prior to the funeral.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or School, 154 Meadow St., Bristol, CT 06010.  The family extends a sincere thank you to everyone at Fresenius Kidney Care-Forestville Dialysis Center who provided life to him during the last 5 ½ years of which he was beyond appreciative and referred to them as his other family as well as a thank you to the staff of St. Francis Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Donald during his final days.  Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, is in care of arrangements. Please visit Donald’s memorial web-site at: www.FUNKFUNERALHOME.comobituary