Helen Arlene Shafer

Salem OR–Helen Arlene Shafer (Espe/Pederstuen), age 87, formerly of Clear Lake WI, died on September 17, 2020.

Accepting the loss of your mother is challenging. At your conception she begins a lifelong process of creating you, nurturing you, and pushing you into the world. All her resources are at your disposal and this will be true throughout your life - often outside of your awareness.

After her last breath, her sacrifices remain and guide us in ways we can’t begin to comprehend.

Helen was 100% Norwegian and had that dry, self-deprecating sense of humor. Her life was filled with children, pets, love, happiness, and sorrow at times.

Mom, thank you giving us life and showing us how that life should be lived.

“Your absence has gone through us like thread through a needle. Everything we do is stitched with its color.” W.S. MERWIN.

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