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John F. Schaefer

John F. Schaefer, 69, Two Harbors, died Tuesday July 1, 2014 at Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors.

He was born on Dec. 15, 1944 to John and Dolores (Schneider) Schaefer in Chicago, Ill. John grew up in West Chicago, Ill. and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1962. He attended Lewis College and became Certified in Management from University of Illinois. He worked as a payroll manager for GTE for over 30 years until retiring in 1991. John served as a volunteer fireman in Marywood, Ill. He married Marilyn Mazurek in 1984 and they moved to Two Harbors in 1991. John worked at Gander Mountain in Duluth, in the fishing department for over 10 years, developing many close friendships. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and his biggest interest was fishing, both fly and inland.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his best friend and wife, Marilyn of Two Harbors; sons, John (Cheryl) and Christopher both of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Sue Krisch of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Brendan, Jonathon, and Lily; niece, Sandy; and nephews, Mike and Tim.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial on Monday, July 7 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Two Harbors. To sign the online register book please visit