David J. Schaefer
David J. Schaefer, 50, of Reeseville, passed away on Monday morning, May 28, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Jorge Miramontes officiating. Burial will be at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery in Watertown at a later date. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to Rock River Rescue, the American Cancer Society or Rainbow Hospice.
David John Schaefer was born on Dec. 13, 1961, in Watertown, the son of Robert and Barbara (Klecker) Schaefer. Dave attended school in Watertown and was a 1980 graduate of Watertown High School. On July 31, 1982, he married the former Shari Schauer at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown. Dave was in partnership with his brother Jerry, owning and operating Schaefer Soft Water in Watertown and Waupun. Dave was a lifelong member of St. Henry Catholic Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Watertown, the Rock River Rescue and the Watertown Archery Club. Dave loved to restore automobiles. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and archery.
Dave is survived by his wife Shari, of Reeseville; his parents of Watertown; three children Eric (Sara) Schaefer, Kyle (fiance Ashley Riedl) Schaefer of Watertown, and Nicole Schaefer of Martinez, Calif.; Dave’s brothers and sisters Steven (Jacquie) Schaefer of Madison, Linda Schaefer of Richmond, Calif., Kathy (Dennis) O’Malley of Evanston, Ill., Tom Schaefer of Madison, Jerry (Shelia) Schaefer of Dousman; his father-in-law, Donald Schauer of Watertown; his three sisters-in-law, Pam Schaefer of Oak Creek, Lisa (Ken) Riggs of Watertown, Vickie (Dan) Kemmerling of Reeseville; a brother-in-law Peter Schauer of Watertown; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by a brother Philip, his mother-in-law Mary (Sterwald) Schauer, his maternal and paternal grandparents and a good friend Clarence Latsch.
Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.