Dennis R. Schafer passed away after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma Cancer on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the age of 62 years. Beloved husband of Patricia Kelley Schafer. Father of Russell Schafer, DDS (Alison) and Michael Schafer. Son of Gertrude Schafer and the late Robert Schafer, of Michigan. Brother of Lawrence Schafer (Judi), Steven Schafer (Nancy), Kathy Schafer (Dennis Earl), and Carol Dexter (Ron). Also survived by many loving aunts, nieces and nephews. Dennis is best remembered for his loyal stewardship to St. Luke's Catholic Church, Slidell, LA. He graduated with a BSE degree in Civil Engineering and MSE degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Dennis was passionate about his 35 plus years with Shell Oil, Co. in New Orleans, LA, where he mentored young engineers. He was instrumental in the design and construction of offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Dennis loved carpentry, building and renovating his family's home. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 910 Cross Gate Blvd., Slidell, LA, on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 11:00 AM. On Sunday, May 11, a visitation will be held at the church from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM, and on Monday morning from 9:30 AM until time of service. Interment will take place at a later date in Carleton, MI. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Ave., Mobile, AL, 36604 or Daughters of St. Paul, 4403 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA, 70006. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 8 to May 12, 2014