Neva Trexler Schafer
Inducted - 1990
Major Contributions to the Ravenna School District
Neva Trexler Schafer was born in Ravenna on September 10, 1923 to Caroline (Knisley) and William H. Trexler, Sr. Although she began her schooling in Conneaut, Ohio, she returned to her beloved Ravenna where she attended West Main Street School in grades 1 through 6. Neva attended Ravenna High School in grades 7 through 12, graduating in 1941. Neva received her Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, physics, and chemistry from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio in 1945.
Neva began her teaching career in Edinburg. Subsequently, she taught kindergarten at West Main and Chestnut Street schools. In 1957 and 1958 she taught general science and biology at Ravenna Township High School. From 1961 through 1973 she taught general science and biology at Brown Junior High School and was department chairperson. Because of her outstanding contribution to education, she was selected to be a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.
When she left her teaching career she became a volunteer for the Portage County Chapter of the Red Cross and the Ravenna Charter Commission. Neva is an officer and active member of the Portage County Gardeners, Herb Society of America and Ravenna Beta Sorosis service club. Neva was also a bank director of Bank One. Neva became President of the Trexler Rubber Company on November 1, 1985. She is the sole female company President who is a member of the Metal Powder Industries Federation.
Neva is a loving wife and mother of two children. Neva is an outstanding example of a talented woman of today who has used her many talents for the betterment of her family, the students she taught, the industry she serves and the community of Ravenna at large.