Irene M. Schaefer, 87
Aug. 1, 1929 — Jan. 23, 2017

Irene M. Schaefer, 87 Irene M. Schaefer (nee Szews, formerly Miller), 87, of Colgate, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Irene was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Elderon to Max and Regina (nee Bender) Szews. She was united in marriage to Gunther G. Miller who preceded her in death in 1972. She was united in marriage to Bernard C. Schaefer on Sept. 7, 1974, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, where she was a long time member. Irene enjoyed gardening and crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Irene is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Bernard “Bernie”; loving children, Barbara Hock of Richfield, Leanne (Kevin) Cina of Iron Ridge, Bruce (Karen) Miller of New Berlin, and Sheryl (Walter) Helleis of DeForest; eight cherished grandchildren; dear siblings, Ronald (Janice) Szews and Joyce Zenz; and dear siblings-in-law, Jean, Mary Jane, Gertie, and Henrietta Szews, Jerome (Thelma), Donald (Kathy), Gerald (Vicky), and Harold Schaefer and Marion (Don) Payant. She is further survived by many other loved relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ernest, Lawrence, James and Rupert Szews; sister, Lorraine Schwab; and several siblings-in-law.

To honor Irene’s wishes, private services for her family were held.

Inurnment in Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.

In memory of Irene, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association (3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674) or to the charity of one’s choice are appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at