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Sally Jane Gavers

Sally Jane Gavers, 79, Woodstock, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at home with her sons and her best friend, Sheryl Senft, by her side. She was a cancer warrior, surviving nine years after her diagnosis.

She was born Oct. 2, 1938, the daughter of Christopher and Whilamena Schumacher in Crystal Lake.

On October 21, 1961, she married Donald R. Gavers, and they settled in Woodstock and raised their sons.

She was a Tiger — a graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School. Her love of animals was ignited when she worked for a veterinarian shorty after her graduation. Her career as a beautician lasted 50-plus years. Everyone knew she was the glue of Gavers Asphalt, Paving & Excavating Company, which she and Don started in 1969. She and Don spent their winters in Newport Richey, Florida, for more than 30 years.

She loved everyone, especially her husband and sons. Her kitchen table was a gathering place for family and friends. All were welcome. She could make a meal stretch to feed all who were in her kitchen at mealtime. Sally loved life.

She was adventurous and liked the outdoors — even going crabbing in Puget Sound. She was a huge NASCAR fan, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as her favorite driver, and her collection of ceramic frogs brought her joy. She was a very positive soul who could find the best in everyone.

She is survived by her sons Steve (Diane) and Digger Gavers, both of Woodstock; her sister Pat Williams, Arlington, Wash.; a step-granddaughter, Ashley Ackerman, Boca Raton, Fla., a sister-in-law, Claire Barnett; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015; her parents; and two brothers, Don (Donna) and Michael Schumacher.

Sally and Don were recipients of the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation’s Never Be Defeated Award in 2005.

A gathering of friends will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. All other services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Gavers Community Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1724, Woodstock, IL 60098.

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