Irene Schaefer (1914 - 2014)

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Irene Schaefer

Irene C. Schaefer, nee Rodenmayer, 99, of Belleville, Ill., born August 28, 1914, in Belleville, Ill., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, Ill.

Mrs. Schaefer was a very kind, forgiving, and lovely woman. She was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish, Belleville, Ill.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Marcus Joseph Schaefer, whom she married on Feb. 18, 1939, and who died on Jan. 22, 2001; a great-grandson, Dylan Kernan; her parents, Edward and Ella, nee Winker, Rodenmayer; a brother, Ralph Rodenmayer; a sister, Elma (Tony) Tedesco; and a daughter-in-law, Joan Schaefer.

Surviving are her two sons, David (Patricia) Schaefer of Belleville, Ill., and Roger Schaefer of Belleville, Ill.; a daughter, Sharon (Charles) Blanquart of Belleville, Ill.; four grandchildren, Gregory (Nicole) Blanquart, Bradley (Christine) Blanquart, Jennifer (Patrick) Kernan, and Scott (Melissa) Schaefer; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, including Ronald Tedesco; and two special caregivers, Sandy Moore and Cathy Schmerbach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 10:45 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, from the funeral home for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, Ill., with Father Nicholas Junker officiating. Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral Home
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 233-5400
Funeral Home Details
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 18, 2014
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