Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road


John T. SCHAEFER, age 90. Beloved husband of Mae (nee Meyer). Dearest father of Linda Studer (Tom), Kathleen Ehasz (deceased), Patrick, Michael, Susan, John, James (Mary), and Tracy Davignon (Barry). Dear grandfather of 19, great grandfather of 14.  WWII US Army Veteran 101st Airborne.

VISITATION AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA (between Ridge and Snow), Monday, October 29 from 3-8 p.m., and Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.   Funeral Service, Tuesday, October 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment, Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery,  Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. 

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Messages of Condolence

  1. The absence of grandpa’s physical presence will be truly missed. Reminiscing about our younger days, I remember a man with a strong voice who could call out your name and make you feel like you were the only one in the room. He has always been kind and good for a laugh or two. He loved his back scratches and I am glad that during my last visit, before our move, I was still able to give him my usual back scratch. My love and prayers go out to John, Jim, Pat, Mike, Tracy, Susan and Linda for the loss of their father, to my grandmother Mae who now needs to make sense of a life without her closest companion and to my cousins and everyone else that are touched by the loss of his physical presence. The fond memories of him will linger in our hearts and minds and knowing that he has found freedom and is reunited with all past loved ones helps to bring solace during this time of grief.

  2. Dear Linda and family. We are so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you all. ~ Jim and Elise

  3. Dear Michael and Family.

    You are all in our prayers as you go through this loss of your father.
    We feel lucky to have heard the many stories you shared with us about your Dad. He was blessed with a large loving family.
    We are here for you in the days to come.
    All our Love, your Family and Friends at Petitti Garden Center…Strongsville

  4. Michael, this message is for you……we love you so much as our friend and wish you the peace and love as you remember all your memories with your Dad. Even though we did not know him personally, your stories brought him to life for us!
    Love & BH’s from both of us

  5. On behalf of the 101st Airborne Division Association – I offer heartfelt and respectful condolences to the children, family and friends of this Great American and Patriot – John T. Schaefer. A proud member of the 101st Airborne – The Screaming Eagles during WWII, fighting for the American way of life and liberating the oppressed citizens of several European countries who remain eternally grateful till this day. John is the type of person we can all look up to, emulate and pattern our lives after. His dedication to country, family, community and friends is humbling. His is an example to all for a life well lived. Men like John will never be forgottten, and will always be remembered. Thank you for your service to this Great Nation of ours. Blue Skies and Soft Landings my friend. You have my unparalelled respect and admiration.

    Rich Riley and Family
    Strongsville, Ohio

  6. Mae, Linda and family: you have all our sympathies at this sad time. I only met John once in Oct 2010 in Indiana for the 101st Reunion but had heard many stories about John and all the other boys’ from my parents Bud and Louise Lauer of Waterloo IA.

  7. Surely called before the beginning of the ages, blessed in so many ways here on earth. I thank our Lord for the witness of watching this man moved from the Father to His Son, Christ, where Jesus has not lost one!
    John, there is no back door nor side door but only one door and we can all take great comfort in knowing you found that Door!
    For me, I guess I could sum it up this way, if I could be just half the man you were…
    Thank you for your family, your experiences, your wisdom… They will not and are not lost on my ears!
    Rest in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ!

  8. To the family of John Schaefer, my deepest sympathies in your loss. I am confident that somewhere during their travels my father, Nelson R Kopacka who also served the 101st Airborne during WWII and the Division Association in the 50’s/60’s , had an opportunity to meet, and perhaps will meet again in’ that house not made with hands eternal in the heavens’. May the blessings of heaven be with you and yours during this time of grief.

    ~A son that will forever remember the service of the ‘Greatest Generation’

  9. saddened to hear about jacks passing. he and i and my brother terry spent many happy days inn our formative years playing together and competing in sports and just plain having fun.
    jack was a great husband, father, christian and soldier and a fine example for one and all.

    love and deepest sympathy on your loss.

    tom mckernan

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