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Richard Francis Schaefer

September 25, 1938 — January 2, 2024

Eagles Mere, PA


Richard Francis Schaefer, age 85, of Eagles Mere, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Rich was born in New York City, on September 25, 1938, a son of the late Charles Frederick Schaefer and Rosemary Clare Heffernan Schaefer.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1956 and graduated with his BS from Queens College and received his MS from George Washington University.

He married the former Claire Elizabeth Hart on June 18, 1960, and they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last June. As a young man Rich dreamed of being a priest, a doctor, or a carpenter. Though his career path ended up being with the Federal Government, in essence he accomplished all three of those dreams. Rich was highly active in St. Basil’s parish and became a Eucharistic minister. He became a very gifted woodworker and successfully completed EMS training and volunteered for the Eagles Mere Ambulance station 51.  He touched many lives with his kindhearted nature and willingness to help anyone in need.  

Rich was a member of St. Basil’s Church and a member of the IHM Parish Finance Committee and a member of the Eagles Mere Fire and Ambulance Association.

Claire                                  at home

Kevin Schaefer                    San Franciso, CA
Kenneth Schaefer               Tiverton, RI
Kelly Schaefer                    Eagles Mere, PA
Karen Malat                        Sykesville, MD

Nine grandchildren: Sophie, Claire, Alexandra, Keira, Valerie, Jacob, Keegan, Corissa and Calleigh; and two great-grandchildren: Luke and Cason.

A grandson, Matthew R. Cwiek predeceased him.

Memorial contributions in his memory, may be sent to St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

Services will be announced in the summer.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614  

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