Suzi Schaefer

Suzi Schaefer helped hundreds of children as they grew up, serving as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Port Washington.

As a volunteer, she helped in the classrooms, typed for the teachers and served as a Girl Scout leader.

Mrs. Schaefer’s working life was centered in offices, where she primarily did clerical work.

She began her career at Modern Equipment in Port Washington, then moved to Energenics in Cedarburg and Shady Ladies lamp shades in Cedarburg. She ended her career at Milestones in Milwaukee, a day care business run by her sister, retiring about 2011.

Mrs. Schaefer died of cancer Monday, May 20, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. She was 73.

“She was very vibrant,” her husband Jerry said. “She was pretty smart, clever. She had a good sense of humor and wit.”

Mrs. Schaefer was born on March 15, 1946, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Jack and Isabel Mayer Larus.

She grew up in Port Washington, where she went to classes at St. Mary’s Catholic School, then moved to Mequon and graduated from Homestead High School.

While watching her mother bowl at Bley’s Bowling in downtown Port, she met Jerry Schaefer, of Port Washington who was also bowling at the time.

“The rest is history,” he said.

The couple married at St. James Catholic Church in Mequon on Jan. 25, 1969, and settled in Port Washington.

Mrs. Schaefer was a stay-at-home mother who did typing from home while her children were young, then later returned to the workforce.

She enjoyed crafting, especially scrapbooking and making cards, researching her family’s genealogy, bowling and playing cards.

At any time, she was game for a couple hands of sheepshead, family members said.

Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her husband Jerry of Port Washington; children Beth (John) Geffers of Oshkosh and Steve (Jessica) of Richfield; and grandchildren Sydney, Isaac, Christian and Elise Geffers and Felix Schaefer.

She is further survived by her sisters BJ Larus of Wauwatosa, Jackie Conway of Mequon and Joey (Dan) McCormick of Bayfield County.

Mrs. Schaefer was preceded in death by her brother-in-law Mike Conway.

A funeral service was to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Poole Funeral Home and Crematory in Port Washington.

Visitation was to be from 4:30 p.m. Wednesday until the service.

Interment was to be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lawlis Family Hospice are suggested.

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