Joseph L. Schaefer

Joseph L. Schaefer
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Joseph Leroy Schaefer, 93, of Swansea, IL, born February 15, 1923, in Smithton, IL, died Monday, July 18, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Schaefer worked for Swift & Company for 43 years before his retirement.  He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, where he was a member of the “Men of St. Joseph” men’s club. Joseph thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and especially enjoyed his time at Fountains of Shiloh, where he made many new friends.  He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Mary, nee Falbe, Schaefer, whom he married on September 16, 1947, and who died on August 12, 2012; his parents, Jacob Jr. and Bertha, nee Schilling, Schaefer; two sisters, Lucille (Charlie) Pauketat and Betty Vernier; four brothers, Oliver Schaefer, Victor (Loretta) Schaefer, Clement (Rita) Schaefer, and Leon (Shirley) Schaefer; one sister-in-law, Vera Schaefer; and one brother-in-law, Marcellus Fehlker.

Surviving are four children, Janice (Mark) St. Ivany of Belleville, IL,
Rich (Jean) Schaefer of Freeburg, IL,
Gary (Phyllis) Schaefer of Millstadt, IL,
and Ron (Cindy) Schaefer of Shiloh, IL;
13 grandchildren, Kristin (Dex) Landreth,
Zachary St. Ivany,
Lauren (Joe) Schaefer-Christ,
Dan (Erin) Schaefer, Michael Schaefer,
Todd (Kyra) Schaefer, Kyle (Shaundra) Schaefer,
Robin (Ross) Schaefer-Klucker,
Kelly (Travis) Sarka-Brown,
Jaime Sarka,
Ben (Erin) Schaefer,
Nick (Jennifer) Schaefer,
and Josh Schaefer;
15 great-grandchildren
one brother, Clarence Schaefer of Belleville, IL;
one sister, Verdell Fehlker of Belleville, IL
two sisters-in-law, Norma J. Schaefer of Lenzburg, IL;
and Carol Schaefer of Red Bud, IL;
one brother-in-law, John Vernier;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 A.M. Friday, July 22, 2016, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.
Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Condolences Left For Joseph L. Schaefer

Rich, Tim and I would like to extend our sympathy to you and your family. You and I talked about your dad during our travels. He is now in the hands of GOD.

Janet Shea, Butte, MT, 59701

Jan, sorry to hear of your loss. We are out of town and wish we could be there to express our sympathy in person. Our prayers are with you and your family.
John&Linda Sykes

John&Linda Sykes, Columbia, IL, 62236


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Rich & Family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. May the sadness of the loss of you father be replaced each day with the joy of the memories you share of him.
Your Friends at Weisler & Associates.

Thomas Barnett, Chesterfield, MO, 63005

To the Schaefer families our sorrow for the loss of your loved ones. Joe, Clarence
and Verdel families of the Smithton born, too many in the last several weeks.May they all now enjoy a great Schaefer family reunion with God. Peace to all!
From all the Becherer families.

Marcella Stauder , Swansea, Il, (62226

Joe and Ronnie came to my dad’s funeral in early May 2016. Joe was such a kind and generous man. He will rest in peace and love. Please accept my sympathy and that of the entire Dahm family…

Larry Dahm, San Francisco, CA, 94115


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