Paul F. Schaefer

April 13, 1930December 8, 2012

SCHAEFER - Paul F. December 8, 2012, beloved husband of the late Mary Joyce; dear father of Dianne M. (Walter) Gordon, Brian P. (Karen), Virginia M. (Brooke) Horvath, Mary Lynn (Carol), Gerald P. (Jane), Alan P. (Karla) and Steven P. (Tina); also survived by 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother of Walter and the late Ralph, Mildred Bantelman; also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 7-9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Benedict's R.C. Church Wednesday at 9:30 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Paul and Mary Joyce Schaefer Scholarship Fund, c/o SUNY Fredonia or Hospice Buffalo Inc. Online tributes may be sent to

Paul F. Schaefer, a retired marketing consultant for New York State Electric & Gas, died Saturday in his Eggertsville home. He was 82.

A lifelong resident of the Buffalo area, Mr. Schaefer attended Stella Niagara and Canisius High School.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1951 to 1953 and later a member of Post 49, AMVETS.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society and a Eucharistic minister at St. Benedict Catholic Church. He was the recipient of the St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

Mr. Schaefer was an active volunteer at Altamont House, a transitional residence for veterans that provides counseling and temporary shelter.

His hobbies included N-gauge trains, playing cards, music, crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

He was the widower of Mary Joyce Schaefer.

Survivors include three daughters, Dianne Gordon, Virginia Horvath and Mary Lynn; four sons, Brian, Gerald, Alan and Steven; and a brother, Walter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Paul F. Schaefer

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Carol Pepe

December 13, 2012

MaryLynn & Carol and the entire Schaefer family, I am so very sorry for your loss of a wonderful man. The picture shows so much of who he was. I know your heart is heavy right now, as it should be, but I do hope that memories will help you get through this as the years pass on. I am sorry I could not be there for you. You are all in my prays and a special prayer for dad has he walks with mom now and smiles down on all of you.

Chris Givner

December 12, 2012

Dear Ginny,
Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of deep grief. May the good Lord wrap you in his love and solace!
Sincerely, Chris & Jim Givner

Kristen Harlach

December 11, 2012

To the entire Schaefer family, it has been so long since I have seen most of you, but I would like to let you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers, as I loved Uncle Paul, he was my grandfathers best friend, and such an integral part of my childhood! He always made me smile, as his lit up the room! i miss him dearly, however, I know that angels are taking care of him and Aunt Joyce, and they are watching over all of us. Have a blessed holiday. Love, Kristen Harlach (daughter of Danny Harlach)

Peter Hahn

December 11, 2012

I personally know Paul as a friend and fellow NYSEG employee. Paul was a good family man and dedicated Christain. I believe he has a special place in Heaven. I went to many Bison games with him. We especially enjoyed the pregame picnics. I will dearly miss him and the stories he told. Paul loved his family.

Susan Woodburn

December 11, 2012

Thinking of you and all of your wonderful family during this time of loss. You all hold such a special place in our hearts.
All Our Love,
Hank, Susan, Kristen, Lauren and Paden.

Danielle DeWeil

December 11, 2012

Praying for all the family during this time of loss. I pray God's grace will sustain you as you celebrate the life of someone so dear but also as you let him go. I am blessed to be friends with his granddaughter Molly. She has shared so many stories of her beloved grandfather, Papa Schaef. It is endearing to know the last words she knows he said was, GO TIGERS, with a smile on his face. I know he is so proud of his Molly and can now watch over her from above.

December 11, 2012

I am proud to have known Paul as a friend. I will miss him. Bernie AMVETS Post #49

Lynn and Roby

December 11, 2012

Although we don't know Paul or any other family members, we are friends with Molly. We think the world of her and know that she has a wonderful, loving close family. Our hearts go out to the family and know you are in our prayers. From Molly we learned what a wonderful man Paul, her grandfather, was. We are blessed to know her and want you to know we are thinking of you this day. Blessings to all of you.

Paul Gath

December 11, 2012

My wife and I ran an electrical contracting business in the Arcade area. Paul was one of our suppliers and consultants. He stopped by our home many times when in the area. His stories, jokes and friendship was always something we looked forward to. Linda and I will always remember him with fondness and love.
You're going to be missed friend.

December 11, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I've known Paul for over 30 years when he first came to NYSEG Lockport. We always had good times telling jokes to each other and others. He could get away with telling some jokes that I would get in trouble telling. I'm sorry he had to suffer lately, but he kept his humor. He will be missed by many. I'm sorry I couldn't meet you, but health issues prevented it. Again you and Paul are in our prayers. John Voss