Walter M. “Wally” Schaefer

Walter M. “Wally” Schaefer, 77, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 708 Rightmeyer Street, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Elk Haven.

He was born December 2, 1940, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph “Bud” and June Horne Schaefer. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1958.  Wally was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company and bus driver for the St. Marys Area School District.

On November 1, 1963, in St. Marys, Wally was married to Mary Lee Preston, who survives of St. Marys. He is also survived by a daughter, Shawna Pistner and her husband Robby of St. Marys; two sons, Timothy Schaefer and his wife Kelly of Elizabeth, CO and Jason Schaefer and his wife Linda of California; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Schaefer and his wife Rita of West Jefferson, NC and James Schaefer of Fort Meyers, FL; many nieces and nephews; and by his longtime companion, Gloria Lodes of St. Marys, as well as her children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jo, in infancy; and by two brothers, Patrick Schaefer, and in childhood, Richard Schaefer.

Wally was a veteran of the United Stated Marine Corps. He enjoyed being with the kids on his school bus and had worked with the former St. Marys Knothole Baseball League.  Wally will be remembered for his keen sense of humor.

A Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Jeff Noble, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday morning from 10:30 until 11:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501-1920.

Lynn Schaefer May 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Tell my dad hi for me, Uncle Wally.

Mark Wendel May 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Shawna and Robbie:

Sorry for your loss. Deepest Sympathy and Prayers go out to you and your family. Your dear friends, Cheeks and Aaron

Steph Vega Stitzell May 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Thinking of the Schaefer family today and of my time in St. Marys, so many, many years ago. Loved all of you guys and your mom and dad–we had so much fun at the park, the dances and your house.

Were we ever really that young???

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