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By Fern Greenbank
LOG Editor 

Vanta Shafer honored for a life well lived


Wolfgang Kurtz | For The LOG

Bob Shafer accepts a legislative citation presented by Sen. Cathy Giessel at the Chamber's monthly luncheon in honor of the late Vanta Shafer, a beloved member of the Seward community active in all aspect of community life for decades.

The weekly Chamber lunch was not an ordinary lunch last week. Special tribute was paid to the late Vanta Shafer for her contribution to the City of Seward. Her husband, Bob Shafer, was presented with a legislative citation by Sen. Cathy Giessel.

"It was an emotional moment," said Chamber Director Cindy Clock.

The citation recognized the many contributions made by Shafer in the form of public office and business owner and charitable giving. Shafer was recognized for founding a community newspaper that would provide a vehicle for discussion on current issues and recognizes community programs and students. Shafer introduced children to books at her bookstore, Cover to Cover, and was an advocate for health care and literacy. Shafer held public office for 13 years, longer than anyone before her, said Clock. The citation said the legislature wanted to honor Vanta for a life well lived.

At Monday night's city council meeting, Mayor Jean Bardarson accepted a gift from Bob Shafer who donated a framed copy of the legislative citation which the council unanimously voted to hang in the council chambers out of gratitude for the many years of service Vanta offered as a city council member.

"She was a remarkable woman," said her husband Bob.


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