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Obituary: Mary D. Schaefer

Mary D. Schaefer, of Brookville, a summer resident of Sag Harbor for more than 50 years, died at Glen Cove Hospital following a short illness on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was 93.

Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1920, she was the daughter of Melbourne and Mary (Considine) Lucas. The family relocated to Oceanside, Long Island, in 1926. Mrs. Schaefer was the second in her family to graduate from Oceanside High School, a high school that her offspring attend to this day.

During World War II, Mrs. Schaefer worked in retail in Hempstead. She married John E. Schaefer on her 25th birthday, Oct. 14, 1945. They spent their first few years of married life living in Rockville Center before moving to Brookville in the 1960s. There, Mrs. Schaefer was a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schaefer was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, gardening, her Golden Retrievers and Collies.

She is survived by her sons, James K. Schaefer, of Brookville;  Robert L. Schaefer of Rockville Center; and John E. Schaefer of East Quogue; and daughter Mary E. Stabenfelt of Larkspur, CA. She is also survived by four siblings, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband who died on April 13, 2013.

A funeral service was held at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Brookville on Dec. 17, 2013. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville.