Marion Schaefer, 87, died on the Holland America Line cruise ship Rotterdam Sunday February 22, 2009.
Her final hour came in her aft cabin sitting in her wheelchair watching TV, about 375 miles south of Bali.
“Everything was going fine,” said Bob Schaefer, her son and caretaker. “I checked on her about 4 p.m. and I thought she was still napping. I again checked on her at 6 p.m. and screamed in her ear and felt she was cold. So I called the front desk.”
Mrs. Schaefer may have had a “cardiac arrest,” according to HAL records. And after several tests, Dr. Palma Wideman, ship’s doctor, pronounced Mrs. Schaefer “clinically dead” at 7:15 p.m.