George Bernard Schaefer (1934 - 2016)

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George Bernard Schaefer was born in NY (Queens), NY on February 28, 1934, and died in Juneau, AK on October 1, 2016. He was 82.

George graduated from Haaren High School in New York City in 1951. Over the next few years he earned an Auto Mechanic Certificate and a Commercial Illustration Certificate. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Airman from 1955 to 1961.

George's adventurous spirit took him from New York City to Australia, where he resided for a year and a half. He returned to New York, then headed off to Alaska where he initially settled in Fairbanks, but ultimately made Juneau his permanent home. He took a break from Alaska during the Juneau years, and lived in California for a time. George had various jobs throughout his life including machine operator (one position with the New York Times), taxi driver, security guard, U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Juneau and Beverly Hills, California, and mail carrier for the State of Alaska until his retirement.

George was an avid bowler, and loved to play cards. He was a scrappy Scrabble player who battled for points in weekly family games for well over a decade. He proudly and emphatically won the last game he played in early September. George was a loyal friend who never forgot a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion, and was known for finding the perfect card for each celebration.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Schaefer; mother, Sarah Schaefer (nee Sheridan); sister, Helen Schaefer; and brother, David Schaefer. He is survived by his brother, Frank Schaefer, of Florida. He is also survived by "adopted" family including Rebecca Nance (Al Dorgan) of Salem, Oregon; Lola Nance, Janet and Frank Thrower of Juneau; and Elaine Nance of Wilsonville, Oregon.

The support of Dr. Sharon Fisher, Tonya Muldoon (Senior Protective Services), Hospice & Homecare of Juneau, and St. Vincent de Paul is greatly appreciated. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at North Pass in Lynn Canal.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Oct. 21, 2016
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