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Updated: 06/21/2013 03:58:04PM

Annie Bernice Schaefer

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Annie Bernice Schaefer, 96, of Lake Wales passed away at home with family on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at her residence.

Annie was born Dec. 7, 1916, in Bath, Maine, to the late Edgar L. and Victoria (Renaud) Eastman and has been a resident of Lake Wales since 1983, moving here from Miami. She graduated from Business College, owned and operated her own florist business in Miami for over 20 years and in her retirement worked as a tax professional with H&R Block. Ann was an avid and devoted lover of all animals, in particular her family pets.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester J. Schaefer and son-in- law, David H. Burns.

Survivors include son, Nicholas and his wife Rita Schaefer of Lake Wales; her daughters, Victoria Ann Burns of Craig, Colo., Judith Stacy Gault of Watkinsville, Ga.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Celebration of her life and reception is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at the family residence in Lake Wales.

Those who wish to make memorial donations may do so to the Polk County Humane Society 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33881, or in care of Marion Nelson Funeral Home 454 S. Buck Moore Road, Lake Wales, FL 33853.

Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.