Russell C. Schaefer

August 23, 1919February 8, 2013

Russell C. Schaefer, 93, of Dover, VT passed away on Friday, February 08, 2013 at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, VT. He was born in Winsor, CT on August 8, 1919, the son of the late William and Helen (Terwilliger) Schaefer.

Mr. Schaefer served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was stationed on the Aleutian Islands when they were attacked by the Japanese. Russ received naval commendation for his work on building a dock in Alaska’s Babcock Bay, where he worked ship to shore. He was a gun captain on the USS Duluth that cleared the mines in Tokyo Bay for General McArthur to sign the peace treaty with Japan. Mr. Schaefer was self-employed as a plumbing & heating contractor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing in Long Island Sound, ballroom dancing, and was a member of the American Legion, the VFW in Brattleboro, and the Masons in CT. In 2000, Russ and his wife Irene built a cabin and relocated to Brattleboro.

Russ is predeceased by his first wife, Anna (Kozon) Schaefer; a daughter, Linda Schaefer; three brothers, William, Roy and Ralph Schaefer, and a sister, Marsha Schaefer.

He is survived by his wife, Irene (Lanou) Schaefer; a son, Declan Schaefer and his family of Pittsfield, MA; three daughters, Honore Davis and family of Las Vegas, NV, Judith Ann Larocque and family of North Gramby, CT, and Patricia Mary Schaefer of Gramby, CT; a nephew, Ralph Schaefer and family of Ellenton, FL; six step children, George Dolloph and family of Chester, VT, Deborah Rose Wolf and family of Craftsbury Common, VT, Julia Buffum and family of Springfield, VT, Fred Bussino and family of Alexandria, NH, Melinda Bussino and family of Rockingham, VT, and William Bussino and family of Wethersfield, VT.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 7 PM to 9 PM at Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home, 57 High Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. A service will be celebrated in the funeral home at 8 PM. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Windsor, CT in spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russell’s name to the American Legion, 32 Linden St. Brattleboro, VT 05301.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Russell C. Schaefer

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February 19, 2013

The LaRocques were always there for Russell. When Judy celebrates her birthday, I am sure that she will always chuckle about Russ not even being able to get his own birthday right. That was Russell.

larry lynch

February 15, 2013

irene and family, we are so saddened to hear of russel passing. the two of you were such a great pair. we looked forward to see you at grange meetings in the beginning and missed you both when it became to difficult to attend anymore. may he rest in peace, larry lynch, master evening star grange

February 12, 2013

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Schaffer family for your dear love one who has fallen asleep in death. May the God of all comfort give you peace that excels all thought during this most difficult time.