Dr. Steven N. Shaffer, 48, Carroll County internist

March 28, 2006

Dr. Steven N. Shaffer, a Carroll County internist who was also medical director of several area nursing homes, died of brain cancer March 21 at his Manchester home. He was 48.

Born in Hanover, Pa., and raised in Hampstead, Dr. Shaffer was a 1975 graduate of North Carroll High School. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He was a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School, and, after completing a residency at York Hospital in York, Pa., established his medical practice in Hampstead in 1987.

Dr. Shaffer, who specialized in internal and geriatric medicine, served as medical director at Longview Nursing Home in Manchester, River Valley Ranch in Millers and Homewood at Plum Creek in Hanover.

Dr. Shaffer stepped down from his medical practice in December because of his illness but had not retired, said his wife of 26 years, the former Sherri E. Markle.

Dr. Shaffer enjoyed family dinners and reunions. He liked to travel, watch classic Hollywood movies and play his trumpet.

He was a longtime member of Grace Bible Church in Manchester, where he was a Sunday school teacher and choir member. Through his church, he and his family had traveled on missionary visits to Russia and Brazil.

Services were held at his church Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Christopher J. Shaffer, Jonathan S. Shaffer and Nathaniel D. Shaffer, all of Manchester; two daughters, Katharine E. Shaffer of Hampstead and Sarah Y. Shaffer of Manchester; his mother, Audrey Shaffer of Hampstead; his father, Hugh Shaffer, and stepmother, Judy Shaffer, of Manchester; a brother, Michael Shaffer of North Salem, N.Y.; two sisters, Stacey Shaffer of Manchester and Kristy Shaffer of Salisbury; and his maternal grandfather, Charles M. Therit of Manchester.

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