Joseph Michael Schafer

August 31, 1942June 30, 2018
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Joseph M. Schafer, Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather and Friend. He was born in Roseville in 1942 to Helen and George Schafer. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and then joined the Air Force for 4 years where he was stationed in Spokane, Washington. After the service he joined his brothers and father at Ideal Cabinets. He loved God, his family, camping, fishing, boating, hunting, bowling, beanbags, coffee and beer. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia and children, Bonny (Chris), Joseph, Rebecca, Holly (Michael), Jamie, Katrina, Andrew and thirteen grandchildren, his siblings James (Dana), Judy Grewette, Joannie (Patrick) Langan, Mary (Howard) George, Daniel (Maria), David (Shari), Karen (Tom) Hakim, Thomas (Rene), Patricia (Jim) Madigan, Susie and sister-in-law, Nancy and brother-in-law Danny Langan and sister-in-law Sandy. Predeceased by his siblings George, John, Jerry, Margie and Jeannie. Visitation Sunday from 2-8pm at Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville. In state Monday 9:30 am until time of funeral mass at 10am at Holy Innocents, 26100 Ridgemont St, Roseville, MI. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Haiti Goat Project. Please share a memory with the family at


  • Helen & George Schafer, Parents
  • Cynthia Schafer, Wife
  • Bonny (Chris), Joseph, Rebecca, Holly (Michael), Jamie, Katrina, & Andrew, Children
  • James (Dana) Schafer, Brother
  • Judy Grewette, Sister
  • Joannie (Patrick) Langan, Sister
  • Mary (Howard) George, Sister
  • Daniel (Maria) Schafer, Brother
  • David (Shari) Schafer, Brother
  • Karen (Tom) Hakim, Sister
  • Thomas (Rene) Schafer, Brother
  • Patricia (Jim) Madigan, Sister
  • Susie Schafer, Sister
  • George, John, Jerry, Margie, & Jeannie, Siblings
  • Also survived by Thirteen Grandchildren, Sister-in-law Nancy, Brother-in-law Danny Langan & Sister-in-law Sandy.

  • Haiti Goat Project


  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Instate Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 9, 2018

Joseph Michael Schafer

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Tom Ochab

July 9, 2018

Dear Schafer Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. Loved talking to him, doing a shot and or beer with him at the cottage. He truly was a great guy!! Always looked forward seeing him when I went to the cottage. Made me laugh with his great sense of humor!! He will be greatly missed! Love, Tom

Jeanie Tremonti Madou

July 5, 2018

I met my dear Friend .. many many years ago and I took one look at him I knew he was family !! ❤️
He looked like my dad .. & like all my uncles and he was a very very sweet man just like all of my relatives!!
So I knew instantly him and I were going to be friends !! He constantly talked about his wife and his kids and his grandchildren .. and the things they all did together ... I always had questions for him about all of his brothers and sisters that he deeply cared about ... it just reminded me of my own family ..
He loved his wife Cindy all of his children and his grandchildren , he was very down-to earth. Man .. !! ...He treated ..Me . my husband my children my sisters and all my friends with complete respect as we did him!!
I really wish I would’ve gotten to hear your voice one more time on that June 30 th when I called your cell phone Joe. 💔
I love you and I’ve always told you that!! do so so many people in my family .. May God bless you !! ❤️
And as you and I , Have spoken about a couple times... please find my
Mom & dad .. hang out with them tell them that “ GOD IS GREAT.. beer is good people are crazy ... they will know that I sent you to them !!!! They will take good care of you !!
All my love and prayers to Cindy and all of your kids and grandkids , as we all mourn your loss!!❤️❤️❤️💔💔💔



Joseph Michael Schafer was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Joseph will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Joseph was born on August 31, 1942 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He was the son of George & Helen Schafer. Joseph grew up in Roseville, Michigan.

      Joseph was raised with seven brothers and eight sisters. His siblings were George, John, Jim, Margie, Judy, Jerry, Jeannie, Joannie, Danny, David, Mary, Karen, Tom, Patty, & Susie. Joseph was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Joseph had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. He was a member of the Boy Scouts. Joseph's memorable achievements included Bike Racing, Stamp Collecting, and Aquariums. However, to Joseph, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Joseph had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1960. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      On October 28, 1972 Joseph exchanged wedding vows with Cynthia Marie Corneau at Holy Innocents in Roseville, Michigan. Empathic and loyal, Joseph was committed to making his new family happy.

      Joseph worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Joseph was blessed with seven children, four daughters Bonny, Becky, Holly, Katrina and three sons Joe, Jamie & Andrew. Another blessing for Joseph was the gift of six grandsons, six granddaughters & one on the way, Joey, Camden, Luke, Christopher, Jack, Cassidy, Madison, Anna, Jada, Maggie, & Scarlet.

      Fortunately, Joseph enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Joseph worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His was a joint owner of The Cabinet Shoppe. Joseph always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Joseph was in the Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Joseph found pleasure in sports. Joseph was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were bowling, baseball, and beanbags.

      Joseph enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included canoeing on the Ausable, spending time at the cottage, going to Traverse City, and a trip to Punta Cana.

      Joseph was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His favorites were a Cocker Spaniel, a German Shepherd, a Poodle, and a St. Bernard.

      Joseph passed away on June 30, 2018 at McLaren Hospital in Mount Clements Michigan. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, seven children, 13 grandchildren, 10 siblings and predeceased by 5 siblings. Services were held at Holy Innocents Church in Rosville, Michigan. Joseph was laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan.

      Simply stated, Joseph was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joseph leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Joseph Michael Schafer.