Marla Jane Schaffer

Marla Jane Haigh was born on November 21, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of five children born from the union of Forrest and Genevieve (Klopfenstein) Haigh. Marla attended Franklin Highschool in Livonia graduating with the Class of 1968.

Marla married the love of her life Matthew Schaffer on November 21, 1969. From this union came the birth of two children: Carl and Laura. Marla enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She loved her family and friends deeply and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a devoted member of Stewart Road Church of God where she dedicated her time to assist with funeral dinners and other church events. Her church was her world. Marla would also participate in mission trips. Marla was a natural giver and would always help others in need. She enjoyed playing yard games, croquet being among her favorites.

Marla Jane Schaffer, age 67 of LaSalle passed away at 9:00pm on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was preceded by her grandparents and her father.

To cherish her memory, she leaves a beloved husband of 48 years: Matthew; her son: Carl Schaffer of Monroe; her daughter: Laura (Darin) French of Carleton; her mother: Genevieve Haigh of Livonia; two brothers: Donald (Sherry) Haigh of Ypsilanti and Dennis (Barb) Haigh of Fenton; two sisters: Carla Kelley of Livonia and Judy Murphy of Livonia; and three grandchildren: Zachary French, Curtis French and Lauren French.

Friends may gather on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 12:00pm until a Memorial Service at 3:00pm officiated by Pastor Joseph Byrd at Stewart Road Church of God, 1199 Stewart Road. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe.

Memorials for those who wish are suggested to His Healing Touch Ministries, 3730 South Otter Creek Road, LaSalle, Michigan 48145 in honor of Marla. Online guests may leave words of comfort and inspiration, share a photo or send a floral arrangement by visiting