Patricia Schaefer

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Patricia A. Schaefer, nee Martin, ­­84, of Belleville, IL, born September 10, 1937, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, May 29, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Schaefer had worked as a Cytotechnologist and retired from Quest Diagnostics.

Pat was known for her love of Christmas and kept her Christmas tree and decorations up year-round. Her Christmas lights could often be seen through her window in the middle of June.

She also loved music and took organ and piano lessons through her adult years. She favored playing hymns and of course, Christmas music.

Another interest of Pat’s was quilting, having dedicated an entire bedroom to her fabric and sewing machines. She never sold her quilts but got more joy out of giving them away. She was also a part of a quilting circle at the Millstadt Senior Center.

Pat also found the joy of traveling, her most memorable trip being snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park in winter.

Pat was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Schaefer; her parents, William and Theresa, nee Rosen, Martin; and a brother, Charles Paul Martin.

Surviving are two sons, Paul (Barb) Schaefer, and Thomas (Marilyn) Schaefer; a daughter, Debra (Jeff) Spencer; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the P.E.O. at Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Patricia’s wishes, cremation services were held.



3 Comments on Patricia Schaefer

Rich and Faye Crump said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2022 at 2:42 PM

We Pat over 20 years ago and we instantly became friends with Pat and Bob. Pat and I spent many hours together playing music and driving to our music class together. We talked for hours on the phone late at night and laughed so much. I will always treasure the time I spent with Pat and hope she knows how much I loved her. Pat was my best friend and I will forever miss her laugh and her friendship. I think of her every day and miss her more.

  • Florissant
  • Missouri
Dan and Tess Minor said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2022 at 12:44 PM

Pat we will miss your smiling face looking over our fence talking about Dan’s garden. Always kind and soft spoken. Loved how your children came together and cared for you. We’ve loved seeing them in the morning on your swing you loved. God bless you Pat and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Wayne and Carol Weidemann said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2022 at 11:17 AM

Pat moved in our neighborhood 4 years ago and lived next to us. After meeting her, I knew we would be best of friends. We drank wine, ate chocolate, had a few beers, ate fish and enjoyed many laughs. I will miss her dearly and thank you Pat for all you did for me and the different things you made and let me choose what I wanted. I will cherish them forever. See you in the future, My Friend. Will always love you! Carol

  • Maryville
  • IL 62062

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