Ralph Schaefer, 78

Ralph Schaefer, 78, of Hartford, passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Ralph was born July 27, 1932, in Hartford to Adam and Alice (nee Gitzinger) Schaefer. He was united in marriage to Armella Spaeth on Sept. 25, 1954, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

Ralph farmed near Hartford for 31 years until 1988. He then worked various jobs until his retirement in 2006. Ralph was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church

He is survived by his wife, Armella; his daughters, Joyce (Peter) Martin, Karen (Gary) Sutcliffe, Eileen Cuellar and Mary Schaefer; grandchildren, Nicole, Philip, Michael, Julie, Jennifer and Katie; his brother, Jerome Schaefer; his sisters-in-law, Theresa Hron, Bernadette Spaeth and Vivian (James) Lisko. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; son in-law, LeRoy Cuellar in 1989; sister, Ruth (David) Klink; and his parents-in-law, Frank and Anna Spaeth.

Mass of Christian burial for Ralph will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4886 Highway 175, St. Lawrence, with the Rev. Joseph Dominic officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of Mass. Interment at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Shimon Funeral Home assisted the family.