1923 - 2021
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Robert F. Schafer, a longtime resident of Arlington Heights, died on January 8, 2021. Bob was born on March 20, 1923 to Ermin and Marie (Huber) Schafer in Chicago. After graduating from St. Michael High School, Bob enlisted in the Navy and served in the Philippines during World War II. Bob was a devoted family man. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn Alice (Erbach) for 73 years; loving father of Robert (Patricia), Mary (the late Wayne Ettema), Kathryn (James) Costello, James (Mary) and Ann (Steve) Knipp; grandfather of 14; great grandfather of 20; and great-great-grandfather of two. Bob was predeceased by his sisters, Dolores and Elizabeth, who married his best buddies, Paul Weichbrod and Fred Hohmeier, respectively. Visitation will be Friday, January 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The Funeral Mass will also be livestreamed via the St. James website at and the livestream will begin at 9:50 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Relief Services ( appreciated. Funeral information, 847-253-5423 or

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Published in Daily Herald on Jan. 12, 2021.
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