Donald H. Schaefer

December 8, 1926February 25, 2018
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Donald H. Schaefer, 91, of Arlington Heights and formerly of Springfield, peacefully passed away on February 25, 2018, living a full and complete life of love and family.He was born December 8, 1926 in McHenry, Illinois, the third son of Henry B. and Gertrude Broughton Schaefer. He was educated at McHenry schools, playing football and the French horn, and as a teen worked at the ice cream shop at the McHenry Dairy and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His 15th birthday coincided with the bombing at Pearl Harbor, but it was another two years before he joined the Army and was trained as an aerial photographer. After the war, he went to work for Illinois Bell. He started as a lineman in Woodstock and worked as an operations engineer in McHenry, Joliet, Springfield and Chicago during a career that spanned nearly 40 years. He also served as an Alderman for the city of McHenry.Don and Sis resided in Springfield from 1966 until 1985. During those years he was active in Christ the King Parish and participated in many golf and bowling leagues. He was also a member of the first Springfield Railroad Relocation Authority. He retired in 1985, but remained busy with marketing and volunteer positions. He was an active member of Telephone Pioneers of America.All through his life was his constant companion and soulmate of 65 years, Estelle “Sis” Schaefer. A Chicago girl who summered on the Chain of Lakes in McHenry, they met and married five years later on January 24, 1953. God blessed them with five children, Mary (Dennis) Mahoney, Donald Jr. (Mary), James (Marilyn), Thomas (Jana), and Phillip (Kate); 11 grandchildren, Molly (William) Opal, Peter Mahoney, Michael Mahoney, Ali Mahoney, Geoffrey (Kinga) Schaefer, Melissa Schaefer, Maggie (Keenan) Gilpin, Mickey Schaefer, Nicholas Schaefer, Megan Schaefer and Amy Schaefer; and a great-granddaughter, Mary Grace Opal. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Robert Schaefer.Visitation will be Friday, March 2, 2018 from 3-8 PM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. Prayers will be said Saturday, March 3 at 9:15 AM at the funeral home and proceed to St. James Parish, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights for funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. James Parish Building Fund or The Viatorian Seminary Aid, 1212 E. Euclid, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 appreciated.


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, March 3, 2018

Donald H. Schaefer

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Patricia Ryan Nelson

March 21, 2018

To the Schaefer & McMahon families,

I just recently heard about the passing of Don. I am so sorry for your loss. I thought you might enjoy having another photo of Don, taken at Marian (my mother) Ryan's 80th birthday celebration in 1999.

Peggy Davidsmeyer

March 2, 2018

Dear Schaefer family.
Just a note to let you know that all of Kate's siblings are sending heart felt prayers and condolences to you. Our hope and prayers are that even during this time of grief you can remember happier times and love you shared with your husband, father and father-in-law. God be with you....
Pat & Gloria Davis
Mike Davis
Peggy and Jim Davidsmeyer

April Smith

March 1, 2018

Don, Mary and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have vivid memories of your dad walking in the Knox Knolls neighborhood and at mass at Christ the King when we were all much younger. I know you will miss him terribly, but he is at peace and in the Lords hands.
Love to you all,


February 27, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family and friends.Cherish your wonderful memories. Draw close to God in prayer during this difficult time.