RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Lisa Schaffner was celebrated Tuesday during a funeral service streamed live for her many friends and admirers to attend virtually. The full service is available to watch below.
Mrs. Schaffner was a longtime anchor at WRIC ABC 8News and, until earlier this year, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for UNOS. She died suddenly last week at 59 years old.
At the funeral on Tuesday, Mrs. Schaffner’s daughter Danielle Schaffner spoke about her memories of her mother and the impact she had on her life.
“While the Lord may have taken mama too soon, I am absolutely blessed to have had her in my life for over 27 years…,” Danielle Schaffner said. “She was my role model, my advocate, my biggest cheerleader and, most of all, she was my mama.”
Many others who spoke remembered her as outgoing and full of energy. They said she always made people feel like they were her best friend.
“I saw a hashtag ‘live like Lisa’ trending on Facebook and that’s all we need from you now – hashtag live like Lisa,” Danielle Schaffner said.
In the days following her death, friends and former co-workers have shared their stories of Mrs. Schaffner’s laugh, fun personality, kind nature and hard work.
8News Chief Meteorologist and former colleague John Bernier said, “Lisa was a leader. She was dedicated. She was hard-working. But she was also extremely personable to everyone. It was almost like everyone she met was a friend.”
The full funeral is available to watch below.