Michael “Mike” Owen Schafer, age 78, of Pewamo, dedicated, honest, and most loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend went home to the Lord on May 19, 2021.
Mike was born on November 12, 1942, the son of William and Esther (Wirth) Schafer. He was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pewamo, the Knights of Columbus #8071 and a leader of Boy Scouts of America for many years. Mike retired from Wohlert Corporation in Lansing after 40 years. He loved his community and neighborhood and had a sweet tooth for tootsie rolls sharing his secret stash with any small child he encountered, always receiving a smile in return.
Preceding Mike in death are his parents; sisters, Cornelia Keilen, Julie Atkins, and Alice (Roy) Spitzley; brother, Alvin Schafer; in-laws, Joseph Lenneman, Ruth Keyton, Kaye (Douglas) Kahl, Kristine (Robert) Haberhern, and Linda Wilson.
Surviving Mike is his loving wife of 54 years, Janice (LaDue) Schafer; children, Sara Lynne Schafer of Fowler, Steve (Michelle) Schafer of Saranac, William (Brenda) Schafer of Pewamo, and Amy (Jack) Potratz of Palo; fur children, Molly and Lucy; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; Aunt, Agnes Wirth; sister, Julianne Lenneman; brothers, Paul (Ruth) Schafer and Charles (Sue) Schafer; in-laws, Doreen Schafer, James Keilen, MaryJo and Dean McVeigh, Debbie and Mark Stolze, Lori VanCamp, James Keyton; and many special nieces and nephews and their spouses.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Darrel Kempf at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pewamo. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 31, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge Street, Portland.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Educational Trust Fund, in memory of Michael. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.
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