John Schaefer

John J. Schaefer

Saturday, December 14th, 1946 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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John J. Schaefer, 73, a longtime Port Ewen resident, died Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus following a battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

He was born in Hartford, CT, on December 14th, 1946, a son of the late John and Kathryn (Quick) Schaefer.

John was employed as a Senior Systems Test Engineer with IBM for over 30 years, in both Kingston and then Poughkeepsie. Following IBM, he was employed with Valley Courier Kingston for 22 years.

A graduate of Rondout Valley High School, class of '65', John was raised in High Falls, NY. During his younger years, he loved drag racing, especially in his "396". John was community service-minded having been a member of the High Falls Fire Dept, where at one time he served as Chief in the 70's and served on the Town of Esopus Water Board in the late 80's.

He was a fan of baseball, especially of the NY Yankees, and also NASCAR and enjoyed bowling. He was a quiet man, who enjoyed old television programs, including John Wayne movies and various sitcoms.

John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth J. "Betti" (Nagy) Schaefer, children, William E. (Cindy) Handschuh of Ohio, Robert "Bobby" (Tracy) Handschuh of Cottekill and Samantha L. (Christopher) Howland of Kingston, a sister, Eve "Cookie" (Joe) Bianco of Rosendale, seven grandchildren, Keegan Howland, John, Mackenzie, Emily, Ashley, Chrissy and Greg Handschuh, and 4 great-grandchildren. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Cremation held at Wiltwyck Crematory. Inurnment followed by a graveside service will be private.

The family will receive friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Face coverings are required and social distancing will limit visitor capacity in the funeral home.

In lieu of fresh flowers, the family suggests indoor plants for loved ones to take home and nurture in memory of John.
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    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY 12487
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Don Sayut

Posted at 09:28am
To the entire Schaefer Family, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, may he Rest In Peace.
Don and Mary Sayut

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Posted at 09:35am
Betti Jo, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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sigi kuehn

Posted at 09:43am
Betti Jo, We were so saddened to learn of John's passing. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for strength and peace in these difficult times. Love you! Mike and SIgi

Jeff and Lynn Kuehn

Posted at 10:38pm
With deepest sympathy, Betty Jo and family!
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Posted at 08:12am
Sincere condolences to the Schaefer Family.
Rest In Peace John as you join Family in Heaven and are no longer suffering.

Melinda and Janson Williams

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