Help rebuilding

Ed and Vicky Schafer lost everything in a fire, but friends and relatives are holding a benefit Sunday to help them rebuild.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 30, 2013, the Schafers’ home caught fire and was declared a total loss by local fire departments. Although the Schafers were not home at the time of the fire, they lost all of their possessions and the home that was the house where Vicky was raised and where she and Ed raised their children.

The spaghetti dinner benefit will be held Sunday, Feb. 23 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the DiPietro Event Center, 3731 Lake Shore Dr. E., Dunkirk. The cost is $10 to eat in or take out. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Nancy Chamberlin, friend of the family and president of the Sheridan Fire Department Auxiliary, said the family has had a rough time lately.

“The family has gone through a lot in the past year,” she said, adding the Schafers’ granddaughter is battling cancer. “It was the old homestead, they lost everything.”

Ed and Vicky’s daughter Rebecca Schafer said her parents have been getting by since the fire.

“They are OK, considering they were left with nothing. They have been staying with my aunt in Dunkirk, who graciously opened her home to them,” she said.

Ed served the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years as a firefighter and EMT. Both he and his wife are Vietnam veterans; Vicky served three years in the Marines and Ed served 25 years in the Navy on active and reservist duty. In addition, Ed and Vicky have been very active in their church.

“They always tried to be involved and dad would always volunteer to help out. … They were generous whenever they could be,” Rebecca added.

Rebecca said her parents plan to clean up the lot and purchase a new house to be built on the same property on Center Road in Sheridan.

The “Schafer Family Fund” was set up at First Niagara Bank to help the family rebuild their home. Secure donations can also be made to the family online at

For more information about the benefit call Chamberlin at 680-0258 or Kathy Keddie at 397-8323.