Catherine M. Schaefer, 86, St. Meinrad

Catherine SchaeferCatherine M. Schaefer, 86, of St. Meinrad, died Friday (August 11). She was born in Covington, Kentucky, October 9, 1930, to Richard and Laura (Volz) Armstrong. She married Melvin Schaefer August 21, 1954, at St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He died July 22, 1985.

Catherine retired from Spencer Industries. She was a member of St. Meinrad American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 366 and St. Meinrad Catholic Church.

She is survived by six sons, Roger Schaefer and wife Peggy, Dale, and David Schaefer and wife Faith, George Schaefer and wife Lisa, Scott Schaefer, Evan Schaefer and wife Marsha, and Barry Schaefer and wife Amy, all of St. Meinrad; two daughters, Laural Gehlhausen and husband Randy, Ferdinand, and Anita Inoegerl and husband Dennis, Huntingburg; one sister, Irene (Jim) Seitz and husband Jim,  Jasper; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Lela Schaefer, who died in infancy, and two sisters, Mildred Meyer and Betty Jenkins.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. (CDT) Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Meinrad Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Church or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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