Marian Schaefer

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Marian L. Schaefer, nee Hepp, 91, of Belleville, IL, born July 28, 1929, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Schaefer was a homemaker and worked at Schaefer’s Market with her husband for many years. She was a member of Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and volunteered at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Schaefer, whom she married on April 26, 1950, and who died on February 5, 2016; her parents, Frank and Clara, nee Frick, Hepp; three brothers, Roland (Edythe) Hepp, Eugene (Cecelia) Hepp, and Kenneth (Melba) Hepp; a sister, Mary Rita (Charles) Wuller; and three sisters-in-law, Florence Craig, Catherine Kassebaum, and Dolores Perro.

Surviving are three daughters and three sons, Mary (Randy) Virgin of Collinsville, IL, Anne Schaefer of Billings, MT,  Philip (Judith) Schaefer of Swansea, IL, Andrew Schaefer of Belleville, IL, Christopher (Julie) Schaefer of Shiloh, IL, and Margaret “Peggy” Brown of Wyoming; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.



14 Comments on Marian Schaefer

Mary said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 12:23 PM

Dear Schaefer Family — I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was so special to me because I was lucky enough to have her as my godmother. My thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Mary Breidenbach

  • Indianapolis
  • IN
Mary Bach Wenzel said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2021 at 6:47 PM

So sorry to hear that your mother died. She will be remembered for spearheading so many of our class reunions especially the monthly follow-up lunches. I spoke to her recently and gave her the book "Why Your Children Won't Get To Heaven" because she shared my passion for the Old Mass.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jerome and Winona Wildhaber said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Schaefer Family. We are very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  • St. Jacob
  • Ill
Thomas Budde said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2021 at 7:26 AM

Accept our heartfelt sympathy’s. Tom and Mary Budde

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve Hennessey said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 1:38 PM

Phil, my deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of your Mother.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 10:02 AM

Chris and Family... I am deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I ran into your mom a few times over the years and she was always so sweet and she would give me a rundown of her kids and grandkids. I also have fond memories of going to the grocery store when I was a child with my mom and seeing your parents. They were such great people. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Fondly, Mary Barbara (Lohmann)

  • Belleville
  • IL
Patty (Lisch) Weier said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 8:21 AM

When I told my Mom of Marian passing, she teared up. This is what she had to say, "I sure miss my very wonderful friend, Marian! We tried to touch base with her several times in the past months. Last I saw her, she was sitting on a double bench outside St. Paul's, I was going in to visit my brother John, when I sat down beside her, she was surprised. We had a wonderful visit. She said I should come again soon but that was the last time we saw each other. We were life-long friends and shared much time together. I can still see her long, beautiful, brown and golden locks. She had 8 children and I had 9, ha ha! She was very active volunteering her time to help unwed mothers and the needy, in general... a very giving lady who did a lot of good for a lot of people. With my love and sympathy for your loss, Shirley (Conrath) Lisch" My Mom is 92y/o and bedridden since beating covid in June 2020 but she's still sharp and witty. Much love to the Schaefer family. Patty (Lisch) Weier

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Patty Chouinard Luehder said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 7:31 AM

So sorry to hear the loss of your Mom. She was always so kind to me. She is with your Dad in heaven. May she Rest In Peace. ?. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  • Shiloh
  • Il
Mark forcade said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2021 at 8:37 PM

I was very sorry to hear of mirian’s passing my thoughts are with you. Please except my sympathy, sincerely

  • Belleville
  • Il
Nan Carney said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 6:13 PM

Schaefer Family, Sincer sympathy to you. I often ran into your mom while out shopping at various places in Belleville - she was quite the shopper! You are i n my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debbie Larkin said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 6:15 AM

Chris,Julie and family, Our love ,thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mom.-Debbie &Kent

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Barbara Perro Pierson said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2021 at 6:25 PM

I’m going to miss her sticking her tongue out at me when I wanted a picture of her!! Rest In Peace Aunt Marion ❤️

  • Billings
  • MT
Gordon & Mindy said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2021 at 5:33 PM

Gordon and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies. Love to you all.

  • Clarksville
  • Tennessee
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2021 at 2:23 PM

So sorry to hear of your Mom's death. She was a really nice person. I worked for the store for several years and remember you all. I was Jan Clifton back in those days. Please except my deepest sympathy...

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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