Robert F. Schafer

March 20, 1923January 8, 2021

Robert F. Schafer, longtime resident of Arlington Heights, died on January 8, 2021. Bob was born on March 20, 1923 to Ermin and Marie (Huber) Schafer in Chicago. After graduating from St. Michael High School, Bob enlisted in the Navy and served in the Philippines during World War II. Bob was a devoted family man. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn Alice (Erbach) for 73 years, loving father of Robert (Patricia), Mary (the late Wayne Ettema), Kathryn (James) Costello, James (Mary) and Ann (Steve) Knipp, grandfather of 14, great grandfather of 20 and great-great-grandfather of two. Bob was predeceased by his sisters Dolores and Elizabeth, who married his best buddies, Paul Weichbrod and Fred Hohmeier, respectively. Visitation will be Friday, January 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The Funeral Mass will also be livestreamed via the St. James website at and the livestream will begin at 9:50 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Relief Services ( appreciated.



  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 15, 2021


  • Interment Private


Robert F. Schafer

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Judith Amberg

January 16, 2021

Dear Kathryn, Bob, Mary, Kate, Jim, Ann, and Family,

As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community, as well as my own, as you deal with the loss of your husband’s/father’s physical presence in your life.

Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief. We pray for you as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate Bob and the love you shared.

I felt privileged to be able to virtually pray with you at Bob’s Mass of Christian Burial yesterday. The first remembrance Fr. Fairman shared of seeing Kathryn and Bob walking hand in hand is how I think of them, a couple whose love was warm, loving and able to flourish through 73 years of the challenges of marriage. Bob’s heartfelt Word’s of Remembrance painted a picture of a genuinely faith-filled man who indeed loved God, his “Sweetie Pie,” his family, and his neighbor…a man who shared the value of “life’s simple pleasures,” and modeled the virtues of politeness, patience and punctuality. Bob indeed lived a live that is “unforgettable”! I am reminded of a reading from the book of Sirach.

“Let us praise an illustrious man,
faithful to his family and friends, strong in his love.
At peace in his heart and his world,
he has left us his good name, and we recount his life of praiseworthy deeds.
A generous man his good works will never be forgotten.
Among his family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of him….
His name lives on from generation to generation.
We gather to sing his praises.
We will proclaim his wisdom and love of life all our days.”

“Keep the Faith!”
May memories of your Dad and the love you shared comfort you.
As Father Fairman said: “May the goodness of your Bob’s life continue to influence your future.”

Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need!

Judith Wampach Amberg - Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus

Luanne Ross

January 13, 2021

Vacation days spent with the family. Summer nights chasing firefly's in the backyard. Great food and wonderful company. Uncle Bob calling all us kids "roundheads" which we thought was hilarious. Singing German songs at reunions. Special times making fond memories. Love to all of you.