January 2, 1930-April 12, 2018
Community icon Beverly Shafer passed away Thursday, April 12, due to complications from an infection. She was 88 years old and had survived several brain surgeries.
Shafer was most admired for her ability to speak her mind, those near her said. Naturally bright and well read, she felt confident to share thoughts to benefit others. Her needs were simple, she loved playing duplicate bridge followed by 5 o’clock cocktails.
She enjoyed entertaining her friends and family, never missed a party, and her calendar that hung in her pantry was full at all times, according to family members.
New Year’s Eve and Day was her big event of the year at the family’s Palm Desert home. She would have a group of friends come out; some stayed in the house, some in their motor home, and everyone had a great time.
After a successful 30-year career as a buyer for Autonetics division of Rockwell, she started helping out at her grown children Denny & Denise’s restaurant, Schooner or Later on Alamitos Bay.
When she joined her children, Shafer started making the Blu Cheese Dressing, along with Normandie Pot, a special soup. Both items are still on the menu today.
As the restaurant needed major equipment, Shafer would use her keen negotiation skills to get the best price and purchase them, her children said.
She also was the bookkeeper, and used her own approach at bill paying, often paying vendors before they sent a statement, unintentionally undermining vendors’ receivable systems.
Shafer proudly joined Long Beach Yacht Club in the 1980s, and served on numerous committees as the first female.
Just a day before she went to the hospital, she was still delegating, instructing Tony (Schooner or Later’s head cook of 33 years), “Don’t forget the muffins for Congressional Cup.”
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd Lund, and Dick Shafer.
Shafer is survived by her son Denny Lund, daughter Denise Lund, grandchildren Cori Fullerton, Curtis Fullerton and his wife Chelsey, who is a nurse and served as her advocate several times, so much so that the family nicknamed her “The Beverly Whisperer.”
Great grandchildren, Ryan 22, Cole 9, & Curran 7, sister Carole Berkner, brothers John Tholen, and Rick Tholen. Dick Shafer’s children, Joanne, Karen, Robert and Carole.
Celebration of Life plans are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Steel Magnolias, 6126 E. PCH, Long Beach, CA 90803, www.thesteelmagnolias.org, and Miller Children's and Women's Hospital, 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806 or www.memorialcare.org/LongBeachMillerChildrens.org.