Marian Grace Schaefer Foster



Sumter, SC…Marian Grace Schaefer Foster, age 87, beloved wife of the late Lt. Col (Ret.) Thompson Reed Foster, Sr., died on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Covenant Place.

Born in Waukesha, WI, she was the daughter of the late Ernest A. Schaefer and Grace Sayles Schaefer. Mrs. Foster worked for many years in the cafeteria at Alice Drive Elementary School and was affectionately known as “The Lunch Lady.” She was very devoted to her family and was a caregiver to many. She enjoyed entertaining and was a very talented decorator. Mrs. Foster was a great cook and often cooked for the folks in the prison ministry. She was a long time member of the Church of the Holy Comforter, where she sang in the choir. Mrs. Foster also enjoyed her time as a singer and served as secretary for the Sumter Civic Chorale.

Surviving are: one daughter, Allison Foster Hager and her husband Loren of Columbia; one son, Thompson Reed Foster, Jr. of Sumter; four grandchildren, Tiffany Foster, Naomi Hager, Jacob Hager, and Roxanne Munn; two brothers, Rock Schaefer, and Lamont Schaefer and his wife Luann all of Waukesha, WI; two sisters, Jeannie Nowak and her husband Lonnie of Long Lake, WI, and Shirley Schultz of Pembine, WI; one brother-in-law, Bill Holland of Waukesha, WI; and one sister-in-law, Sue Schaefer of Waukesha.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ernst Schaefer and two sisters, Judy Holland and Joyce Rizzo.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Charles F. Walton and the Rev. Marcus A. Kaiser officiating.

The family will receive immediately following the service at the Church of the Holy Comforter on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 North Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150

You may go to and sign the family’s guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.