Lela Mae (Sauer) Schiefer, 89, of Fox, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at her home. Lela was born on April 19, 1930 in New Baden, Texas to the late Fred and Ethel (Rutkowsky) Sauer. Lela was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mountain View, Arkansas. She was a homemaker who with her husband Alfred raised five children, all of whom earned either Master's degrees or Doctorates. Lela was in her own right a "botanist" of sorts and had a special gift and love for genealogy and history, having helped produce numerous family, community, and church histories. She will be greatly missed by all of her loving family and friends.
Lela is survived by her husband of 72 years, Lt. Col. Alfred C. Schiefer US Air Force (Ret.); three sons, Col. Michael Schiefer, US Air Force (Ret.), Lt. Col. Christopher Schiefer, US Army (Ret.), and Philip Schiefer; two daughters, Teresa Overturff and Catherine Matt; one sister, Martha Mitchell; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; along with many extended family and friends.
Lela was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ethel (Rutkowsky) Sauer; three brothers, and one sister.