Robert W. Schaefer, 88, of Belleville, Ill., born May 6, 1927, in Belleville, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at St. Paul's Home, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Schaefer owned and operated Schaefer's Market in Belleville for many years. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and was employed at the church for 18 years. Bob had many cherished memories of his family, the West Fork Club, the Exchange Club, the Class of '45 Club, his travels to Montana, playing cards, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Mary U., nee Berkel, Schaefer; and two sisters, Florence Craig and Catherine Kassebaum.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marian L., nee Hepp, Schaefer, whom he married on April 26, 1950, at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, Ill.; three daughters and three sons, Mary Christine (Randy) Virgin of Collinsville, Ill., Anne Elizabeth Schaefer of Billings, Mont., Philip Roland (Judith) Schaefer of Swansea, Ill., Andrew Robert Schaefer of Belleville, Ill., Christopher John (Julie) Schaefer of Shiloh, Ill., and Margaret Clare "Peggy" Brown of Billings, Mont.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolores Perro of McMinnville, Ore.
Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Cremation services were held.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 7, 2016