Robert Schaefer

Robert Schaefer
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Robert W. Schaefer, 88, of Belleville, IL, born May 6, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, February 5, 2016, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Schaefer owned and operated Schaefer’s Market in Belleville for many years.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral and was employed at the church for 18 years.  Bob had many cherished memories of his family, the West Fork Club, the Exchange Club, the Class of ’45 Club, his travels to Montana, playing cards, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Mary U., nee Berkel, Schaefer; and two sisters, Florence Craig and Catherine Kassebaum.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marian L., nee Hepp, Schaefer, whom he married on April 26, 1950, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL;
three daughters and three sons,
Mary Christine (Randy) Virgin of Collinsville, IL,
Anne Elizabeth Schaefer of Billings, MT,
Philip Roland (Judith) Schaefer of Swansea, IL,
Andrew Robert Schaefer of Belleville, IL,
Christopher John (Julie) Schaefer of Shiloh, IL,
and Margaret Clare “Peggy” Brown of Billings, MT;
16 grandchildren;
16 great-grandchildren;
and one sister, Dolores Perro of McMinnville, OR.

Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Cremation services were held.

Condolences Left For Robert Schaefer

Mrs. Schaefer and Family…
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Although I was young, I remember Mr. Schaefer well from his days at Wade Square Grocery Store to when he opened Schaefer’s (where my mom shopped for years)! In fact, I drive by that building every day on my way to work. My dad, Gus Lohmann, knew the Schaefer family very well from his days of teaching at CJHS and his Exchange Club days. Please know that my thoughts will be with all of you during this difficult time.

Mary Barbara Kurtz, Belleville, IL , 62220

We were very sad to see that Robert passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, Mark & Kim Forcade

Mark Forcade, Smithton, ILLinois, 62285


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