Ursula's memorial service will be on August 6, 2022, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA. 11am
A private burial is being held at South Byfield Cemetery by the family.
Born on Oct 31, 1928, and raised in Oshkosh, WI to Walter and Paula Schriefer, the second oldest of six children. Ursula graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1946 and matriculated at Milwaukee Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, being capped as a Registered Nurse in Jan 1950. Her first employment was with the American Red Cross, assigned in Fond du Lac, WI caring for polio patients for a year, followed by volunteer work in several cities over the next half-century, to be recognized in 2000 by the Newburyport, MA branch of the ARC for "50 years of Meritorious Service." Throughout her entire life her strong, loving, gentle spirit was rooted in her steadfast faith in God.
On Aug 15, 1953, Ursula married Donald H. Bade in Plymouth, WI whom she met after her parents had relocated from Oshkosh in 1949, when her father accepted a teaching and Principal position at St. John Lutheran Day School in Plymouth. Ursula and Don took up residence in Syracuse, NY where he had been employed by General Electric Co. as an accountant. Ursula and Don were the proud parents of three children while living in the North Syracuse area: Kristin Kay, born in 1954, Karen Louise born in 1956, and Paul Elwood born in 1959. Ursula continued her Nursing career, between children at Syracuse Memorial Hospital until they moved in 1960 to Schenectady, NY, then to Easton, CT and finally in 1968 to Newbury/ Byfield, MA, where they lived for 42 years.
Ursula and her husband had been members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA for more than 50 years, where she was active in the Choir and the Lutheran Women’s' Missionary League and regular Sunday attendance. Their fourth child, Susan Karla was born in 1968. Urs and Don’s activities continued as Band Parents at local Triton High School. During Don's employment as Comptroller for 19 years at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, they sang with the Academy's student choir on several overseas trips, and Ursula was a volunteer with the Ladies Benevolent Society.
Over a period of 25 years, later in Ursula's life, a passion for travel was developed which began with timeshare ownership for vacations, culminating upon Don's retirement in 1994 through 1998 of RVing with an SUV pulling a travel trailer - during which they visited all 50 states in the US and more than 200 National Parks & Monuments, their last destination was Alaska. In 2010 they sold their Byfield home and took up residence at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA. Urs enjoyed participating in the Brooksby Village Garden Club and Our Savior Lutheran Church activities during the couple’s 12 years at Brooksby.
Ursula passed into her Eternal home on Friday, June 24, 2022 surrounded by her family and will be interred in the Byfield Cemetery. She was predeceased in death by husband Donald who died November 11, 2020, daughter Karen who died at age 19 of cancer in 1976, and by one brother Walter Schriefer and one sister Paula Schriefer Boese. She is survived by her children Kristin Albert of Pittsburg, NH, Paul of Rochester, NH and Susan and partner Ian Wallis of Danvers, MA, and grandson Jeffrey Malley (wife Ann-Louise) of Tampa, FL, and great-grandsons Jaden and Austin Malley, and siblings: brother Luther Schriefer, sisters Sarah Schriefer Ahles (husband Walter) and Cynthia
Schriefer Behrens (husband Hans) and 19 nieces and nephews.
Per the couples’ wishes, Urs’ body has been cremated, and her ashes will be placed in the family site in the South Byfield Cemetery, Georgetown, MA. Service info below:
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Brooksby Village (Employee Fund, Scholarship Fund, or Care Fund).