Edward William Schaefer, 65, Harvard, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 7, 1951, to Robert and Marilyn (Taken) Schaefer, in Chicago.
On Sept. 24, 1976, he married Sarah Donahue at St. Mary Church, Woodstock.
When Edward was 16 years old, he moved to Harvard with his family to build Plum Tree Golf Course with his father. He was a member of International Operating Engineers Local 150 for 49 years. He enjoyed building homes, trips to Mexico and Fort Myers Fla., with friends and family, boat rides on Lake Geneva and family road trips to Gulf Shores for many years. He was very adventurous, and loved finding new places to explore.
Edward taught his girls how to work on cars and do home improvements. He enjoyed taking his family camping and taught them to ride horses. He loved spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah “Sally”; three daughters, Katherine and Jennifer Schaefer and Amy (Charlie) Vicari; three grandchildren; Colin, Allyson and Charlie; two sisters, Bonnie (Ray) Shields and Joan Curio; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Roger Curio.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorials can be made to JourneyCare Hospice Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
Arrangements were made by Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.