Julius Henry Schaefer
Julius Henry "Jule" Schaefer, 83, of Belleville, Ill., born Jan. 7, 1928, in Belleville, Ill., passed away on Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Dammert Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill.
Jule, the youngest of 11 children, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved his family devoutly, and his family will miss him dearly.
Jule attended Cathedral High School, Belleville, Ill., where he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. He played baseball for the St. Louis Browns minor league team. In 1949, he married the love of his life, Audrey Fickinger, and they have been partners for 62 years while sharing life's many experiences. During retirement, they enjoyed playing golf at Yorktown in Belleville, Ill., bowling in the Senior League at Bel-Air, traveling on bus tours, and visiting the casinos.
Jule was very involved with the Belleville Khoury League as a manager, coach, board member, and president for many years. He was instrumental in constructing the current Khoury League building on East Monroe Street in Belleville, Ill. Because of his efforts, along with those of many other devoted volunteers over the years, thousands of boys and girls have enjoyed playing baseball and softball in Belleville. He was recognized by Mr. George Khoury, founder of the Khoury Leagues, for his timeless contributions.
Jule was a proud member of the Teamsters, working more than 40 years as a truck driver in Belleville and the Greater St. Louis area. He continued his admiration for the Teamsters by being involved with the Teamsters Local 50 Retirement Club. As president of this group the last four years, he coordinated meetings, dinners, trips to Branson, Mo., and other activities. Jule was a faithful Teamster for 65 years.
In his later years, he was a dedicated member of the Belleville Senior Citizen Club, attending regular meetings, being involved with club activities, and taking road trips with fellow seniors. He especially enjoyed designating himself "head bartender."
Jule was also a member of Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge 1221 for many years. He enjoyed working the fish fries, attending the dances, and other Moose activities. He attended St. Luke's Parish for many years and, in later years, St. Teresa's parish. He volunteered as an usher, as well as performing other duties as needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. and Eva M., nee Merklin, Schaefer; four brothers, Joseph J. Schaefer, Charles M. Schaefer, Brother Leo R. Schaefer, and Aloysious Schaefer; and three sisters, Eva Begole, Louise Falbe, and Helen Schaefer.
Surviving are his wife, Audrey M. Schaefer; two sons and a daughter, Ronald (Marge) Schaefer of Belleville, Ill., Jo Ann (Dale) Weiss of Troy, Ill., and James (Kathy) Schaefer of Belleville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Seth) Niemeier, Stacey (Tim)Lester, Christopher (Shelley) Schaefer, Scott Schaefer, and Angela Schaefer; four great-grandchildren, Kyle, Tyler, and Aaron Niemeier, and Jordan Lester; a sister, Eleanora Arnold of Belleville, Ill.; two brothers, Clete Schaefer of Tucson, Ariz., and Norm Schaefer of Belleville, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all the staff at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community for their compassion and professional care provided during this difficult time.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, to the American Cancer Society , or to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Shrine Apartment Community Chapel with Father Edward Schaefer officiating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.