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07/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
illie Hehl Schaefer

Billie Knight Hehl Schaefer
(d. 17 June 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  We have still more sad if very belated news today.
 Billie Heyl Schaefer, Class of 1963, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at her home in Midlothian.

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 07/05/11, 2:50 PM - "class of 1963 - obit":

... A classmate passed on to me this week that 
 Billie Hehl Schaefer of Midlothian, VA had passed away on July 17, 2007. I located her obit in the Richmond Times Dispatch of July 19, 2007.

Would you post her passing on our (memorial) page?

Thank you,
Susie Jones

Oh, Susie, I'm so very sorry to hear this!  I remember Billie as such a sweet, delicate beauty.  After reading the news article published about her, I'm stunned on several levels.  What an incredible woman she was!

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch - 07/19/07:  

                   Billie Schaefer dies at 61

                        Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - Thursday, July 19, 2007
                        Author: JEREMY SLAYTON, Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

    Money wasn't abundant for Billie Schaefer's family when she was growing up.

She described her childhood as having a home, but not always a house.

Because of that experience and a mission trip to New York City, Mrs. Schaefer decided to help those in Richmond who needed a hand.

In 1992, a year after representing Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in a New York soup kitchen - one of the largest in the country - Mrs. Schaefer started Pennies for Heaven Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided food and clothing to the city's homeless.


"She felt that it was her calling to help others," said friend Susan Ratliffe.

Mrs. Schaefer, who worked as a nurse at Johnston-Willis Hospital for eight years before becoming a stay-at-home mom, died of cancer Tuesday at her Midlothian home. She was 61. The concept of Pennies for Heaven began on a Saturday morning in March 1992, when she and her son bagged 30 lunches and drove to Richmond. They found a vacant lot, and 10 men came that day.

Mrs. Schaefer and her family continued providing breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays in the city, setting up locations under the Mayo Bridge, in Monroe Park and in Jackson Ward.

In July 1992, Mrs. Schaefer opened the Pennies for Heaven thrift shop at 2 E. Broad St., where the items sold went to buy food for the weekend distributions.

"Her whole life was about helping people one way or another," said a daughter, Cristy Zeller of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Mrs. Schaefer also supplied toiletries, toys, blankets, socks, gloves and hats to those who needed them.

In 2006, while battling cancer, Mrs. Schaefer closed the Pennies for Heaven thrift shop.

In addition to her daughter Cristy, Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her husband of 38 years, Bill Schaefer of Midlothian; a son, Jay Schaefer of Richmond; two other daughters, Sara Genua of New York City and Ross Schaefer of Richmond; a brother, Joe Hehl of North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Schaefer 's life will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, 13617 Midlothian Turnpike, in Midlothian.

Published in
Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 19, 2007.     



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Billie's family as well as her many classmates and friends.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

It Is Well with My Soul

Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't:
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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