Richmond family designs, constructs, donates memorial altar

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June 19, 2015


In his workshop in Richmond, Allen Schaefer talks about how to make a cross with the correct dimensions. Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor

Bishop Kettler will bless altar built by father in memory of his late daughter

By Kristi Anderson
The Visitor

On March 7, 2014, Allen and Doris Schaefer did something no parents should ever have to do. They said goodbye to their daughter, Rhonda Grotkin, who lost her battle with brain cancer at age 52.

On June 28, Bishop Donald Kettler will travel to the Schaefers’ home parish of SS. Peter and Paul in Richmond, where he will bless a brand new altar that Allen
built in Rhonda’s memory at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

“Rhonda was a really giving person,” Doris said. “Church was very important to her. She was always doing things for other people.”

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