Catherine M. Schaefer

  • "Dear Katy, I can't believe its almost a year. I still can't..."
    - Nancy Kokoszka
  • "Sorry to hear of Catherine's death. Keeping you in my..."
    - eileen o toole (nee Barcoe)
  • "We were one, together whole Sharing all, a common soul A..."
    - Tom Schaefer
  • "My dearest loving wife, you were more than my better half –..."
    - Tom Schaefer
  • "Dear Katy. We will miss you very much. I will miss your..."
    - Jessica Edmonson

Catherine M. Schaefer

AGE: 67 • Parlin

Catherine (Katy) Schaefer, age 67, of the Parlin section of Sayreville passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Born in Graiguenamanagh, Ireland, she came to America at age 17 and lived in New York and New Jersey for the past 50 years. Before her retirement in 2004 she was employed as a travel agent for over 20 years. Mrs. Schaefer was a communicant of St Bernadette's RC Church in Parlin where she sang in the choir and did volunteer work. Katy loved her cats, cooking, and summer home in the peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains. She will be remembered by her many friends for her bright spirit, sharp wit, and old Irish sayings.

She is predeceased by her parents John and Eileen Barcoe. Surviving are her husband of 15 years Thomas, her brother John Barcoe, her sister Margaret Martin, both of England, and her nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin. She will then be returned home to Ireland and laid to rest with her mother in the family plot. Letters of condolence, directions and completed arrangements may be found at

Funeral Home
Carmen F Spezzi Funeral Home
15 Cherry Ln
Parlin, NJ 08859
(732) 721-1290
Published in Home News Tribune on June 6, 2014
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