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IN MEMORY OF Harold Joseph Schafer

July 10, 2013

Harold Joseph Schafer 
Harold Joseph Schafer
Funeral services were held at St. Annís Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating.†
1924 - Harold Joseph Schafer - 2013

Harold Schafer was born on August 7, 1924 on a farm in Nobles County, Minnesota to William and Margaret Vanderbergh Schafer.†He grew up on the family and attended St. Gabrielís School in Fulda, Minnesota.†On June 24, 1951 he and Bernice Johnson were married in Mankato, Minnesota.†Following their marriage they farmed north of Slayton and raised their three children. Harold worked for two years with other parents to get the first trainable class for the disabled in the Slayton School.† After more then 45 years on the farm they moved to Slayton, Minnesota.†Harold continued to farm until 2006 when he retired.†In 2012 Harold became a resident of the Golden Living Center-Slayton and passed away there on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the age of 88.† He was a member of St. Annís Church in Slayton.†He also was a member of the Knightís of Columbus and served on the Murray County Museum Board for several years.†Farming was his life but he had a powerful commitment to his family with his gentleness and tender love that he showed them everyday.††

Survivors include his wife Bernice Schafer, Slayton, MN; three children: Douglas Schafer and Eloise Sarloos, Worthington, MN, Shelley and Phil Sweetman, Currie, MN and Sue and John Peters, Apple Valley, MN; six grandchildren: Shannon and Ryan Landmeier, Stacie Sweetman and Christopher Ankrum, Jake Sweetman, Joe Peters, Maggie Peters and Shane Sweetman; seven great-grandchildren; one sister Arleen Blair and her husband Ronald, Sacramento, CA and many nieces and nephews.†He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Elaine Koehn and Dolores Zens and two brothers: Leon and Robert Schafer.†

Funeral services were held at St. Annís Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating.†The organist was Judy Andrews.†The song leader wes Connie McNab.†The pallbearers were Shannon Landmeier, Stacie Sweetman, Jake Sweetman, Joe Peters, Maggie Peters, Shane Sweetman and Jeff Zens.†Interment is at Lake Sarah Baptist Cemetery rural Slayton, MN.†Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.†To send condolences visit

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