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‘First Lady of Medora’ Sheila Schafer dies at 90

MEDORA, N.D. -- Sheila Schafer, the widow of late North Dakota businessman and Medora Musical founder Harold Schafer, has died. She was 90. Sheila, a Bismarck native, married the founder of the successful Gold Seal Co. in 1965. From there, she ac...

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TOM STROMME/Bismarck TribuneSheila Schafer was known as the First Lady of Medora, the town she and her husband helped develop into a top tourism destination in North Dakota. Schafer died on Wednesday in Bismarck.

MEDORA, N.D. -- Sheila Schafer, the widow of late North Dakota businessman and Medora Musical founder Harold Schafer, has died. She was 90.

Sheila, a Bismarck native, married the founder of the successful Gold Seal Co. in 1965. From there, she actively helped realize her husband’s dream of revitalizing the town of Medora into what it is today.

Since her husband’s death in 2001, Schafer has remained an integral part of the Medora community and was known colloquially as the “First Lady of Medora.”

Sheila’s stepson, former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, confirmed her passing Wednesday morning.

Funeral arrangements are being made for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Bismarck.

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