Elesa (Alice) Schaefer

June 23, 1941 - January 11, 2024

Elesa (Alice) Schaefer

Elesa (Alice) Schaefer, 82, of Citrus Heights, California passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024 surrounded by her husband and loved ones. She was born on June 23, 1941 in Gonzales, CA., the daughter of late Emilio and Carmen Perez.

Alice is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ronald Schaefer, niece Lissa (Kim) Parks;  siblings Nona Willis, Carmen Perez and Joe (Erma) Perez.  Alice was blessed to have numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces, nephews, and foreign exchange students who became her family as well.

Her daughter Nikelle Schaefer, her parents Emilio and Carmen Perez, siblings Ray Perez, Gene Perez, Donnie Perez, Frank Perez, Sam Perez, and Emily Tomlin, precede Alice in death.

Alice graduated from Gonzales High School in 1960 then attended and graduated from nursing school.  She married her love of her life, Ronald, on July 9, 1961 and they spent 62 wonderful years together.  Alice and Ron’s daughter, Nikelle, joined their family in 1973.

Alice loved to read, bake, and cook.  She was an amazing cook and was always trying out new recipes.  She enjoyed weaving, ceramics among many other projects.  Alice baked incredible cheesecakes and cookies. Her chocolate cheesecake was one of the best around. Alice was able to travel with her husband and daughter and made many close friends through the military.  Alice spent 21 years volunteering at her local church to feed the needy and homeless.  Giving back to the community and following god’s word was very important to her.

Alice was a caring person who loved her family.  She loved being involved with her family, going to family functions, celebrations, holiday events, t-ball games, etc.   Alice was always there to help her family and give support whenever needed.  She was not only an aunt but to some she was a surrogate mom and grandmother.  Alice will be dearly missed but will always be in our hearts.

A Rosary will be held on Wednesday January 24, 2024, 6:00pm at The Calvary Cemetery & Funeral Center, 7101 Verner Ave, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

A Mass and Funeral Service for Elesa (Alice) Schaefer will be held on Thursday January 25, 2024, 10:30am, at Holy Family Church, 7817 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights, CA 95610   A Reception to follow at The Holy Family Church at 1:00pm.