Michaela Schaeffer 1939 - 2020


Dear B’ShERT family,
I’m so sad to share with you that long-time congregant Michaela Kane Schaeffer has died. Our hearts are with Mickey’s husband Henry, daughter Mary, son William, son-in-law Brian Stemmer, daughter-in-law Nancy Maron, and grandchildren Julia, Ben, Jennie Lotova, Beatrice, and Sophia.

The funeral will be tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, at 2 pm, at Weinstein Garlick Kirschenbaum Chapels, 1153 Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn.

Please only come in person if you are a close friend of the family, and then please wear a mask and maintain six-foot social distancing at all times. I know this will be very difficult, but in these times it is important for keeping each other safe.

The service will be streamed on Zoom and YouTube. You may join the service on YouTube at bshert.org/services/live , or on Zoom as follows:
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Shiva will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, August 12, from 5-7 pm. The Zoom link and phone numbers will be the same as for the funeral.

Memorial Service

Tuesday, August 11th 2020 at 02:00 PM
Weinstein Garlick Kirschenbaum Chapel
1153 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 377-4848

The service will be streamed on Zoom and YouTube. Please see Obituary for details.


  1. REPLY
    Marion Sills says

    Condolences to the Schaeffer family and to Mickey’s extended family. Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim.

    I am sorry to not be there today, in person, to offer my condolences. If Mickey had gone to medical school or been elected president, coronavirus would have turned tail and run, and we could all gather in person to mourn and hear stories about a spectacular life fully lived.

    I am blessed with having known Michaela for my entire life. She was a model for me in how she lived so deliberately, making value- and love-driven choices in all she did, a one-woman force of tikkun olam. She was an inspiration for me for building community and how to keep those bonds healthy.

    As her life has been, may her memory be a blessing for us all.

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    Anne Pluto says

    Deepest condolences to the Schaeffer family. I was blessed to have Mickey as my high school Biology teacher. She changed my life with her kindness, generosity, and honesty. She was my role model. I will miss her deeply.
    May her memory live forever.

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    Johanna DeCourcy says

    My deepest sympathy to her family and to everyone who has lost the presence of this wonderful woman. She was a light for all, and her spirit will continue to inspire us. Rest in peace, my friend.

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Donations in memory of Michaela Schaeffer may be made to Planned Parenthood.

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