Yvonne A Hochfelder Shaffer

Yvonne A. Hochfelder Shaffer, age 63 passed away August 26, 2020 at her home in North Georgia.  With the encouragement and love she received from her family, Yvonne was able to fight long and hard against her long illness.  She received her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama Birmingham and during her graduate degree, was an ICU nurse at the hospital. In her professional career she served as a Project Manager for the Veterans Administration for 35 years before retiring.  Her faith was important to her, you could find her often serving at the Catholic Church and helping those in need.  Yvonne and Mike made their home in North Georgia and built a home out of love.  Being able to design the home and decorating it both inside and out was a joy for her.  She was preceded in death by her father Pacifico Aranas.  Yvonne is survived by her husband Mike Shaffer of 23 years, North Georgia; Her son Alexander Hochfelder, Atlanta, GA; Her mother Zita E. Aranas; Sisters Lucia Esco, Linda Skerry and husband Brian; Jeanette Delaurentis and husband James. Brother Joe Aranas and wife Gina.  Nieces and Nephews Cody Esco and wife Alex; Rachael Cortney Esco; Tyler, Jeremy, Mary Evelyn, Mike’s son Joshua Shaffer and sisters Lee Wilson and Cheryl Shaffer.  A Funeral Mass will be held 3pm Friday, September 11, 2020  at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 6439 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch, GA.  The Celebrant will be Father Eric Hill.

Here is the link to RSVP for the Funeral Mass.


The family will gather for a time to celebrate her life after the service from 6pm to 8pm at the Hamilton Mill Christian Church located at 3809 Sardis Church Road Buford, GA.  In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation on behalf of Yvonne to the American Cancer society.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org, 706-654-0966.

11 thoughts on “Yvonne A Hochfelder Shaffer”

  1. You were a bright shining light for those of us at VA who worked with you. Your presence was always calming and welcoming. You will be missed by your VA family.

  2. Yvonne you were a bright shining light to all those you met with a quiet calm demeanor and an unmatched kindness and gentleness. Be thou at peace as God holds you in the palm of His hand


  4. Dearest Yvonne: You were the inspiration, Love, Kindest, Caring, Faithful, and beautiful wife anyone could ever imagine. I know you are in peace now and should be because who you were . In my next live Life I cherish the time we will spend in eternal Life, Love you, Mike

  5. Thank you for all your help while I was CFO. The VA is a better place because of your hard work and love for the Veterans. Sending prayers for you and your family.

    Semper Fi
    Larry J Paul

  6. Yvonne inspired everyone she came into contact with! She was incredibly smart and her positive attitude was contagious. She was one of the strongest women I have ever met!! Heaven received another angel with her passing.

  7. Mike,
    Your friends on the board at The Reserve would like for you to know how sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful wife Yvonne. We are here for you in thought and prayer. Please let us know if we can help in anyway. We are honored to make a donation in her name to The American Cancer Society.
    Gods love and peace to you,
    Kim, Dennice, Mac, Rory and Justin

  8. Mike,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I so sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting your wife, however, the way you described her to me often….she is now resting with the father free of pain. I am honored to make a donation The American Cancer Society in her name. Blessings

  9. Mike,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Yvonne. You and your family are in our prayers. She was a rock star through her illness and you were too. Reading your tribute brings tears to my eyes because I remember those calls we had when you were in the hospital with her, or waiting in the parking lot while she was inside, or even after she had had chemo for the day and you were just creating a quiet day for her.

    I am so grateful she is at peace now and the physical struggle is over. It is so great for her although I completely understand how challenging it is for all of you in her absence. I am happy that you all had the luxury of time to have the last few holidays together. And I am glad she got to die at home because I know that’s what she wanted.

    Kurt and Michelle Ling
    and all of Dawson Pointe

  10. In the short time I knew Yvonne at VA, she was a beautiful soul, friendly, and I always enjoyed our telephone conversations, she was wonderful to talk to. RIP Yvonne and my heartfelt prayers of comfort and peace to her family!

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