NORFOLK — Services for Joseph Schaecher, 96, of Norfolk will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the church under direction of Home for Funerals.
He died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Faith Regional Health Services.
Joseph A. Schaecher was born July 7, 1914, at home in the rural St. Bernard-Lindsay area. Joe was the husband of Eleanor (Ottis) Schaecher. They lived a love story of married life for 72 years.
He is survived by his children, Gene and Nancy Schaecher, Caldwell, Idaho, Dennis Dusel son-in-law, Madison, Germaine and Lyle Krueger, Norfolk, Alvin and Joyce Schaecher, Tilden, Melvin and Nancy Schaecher, Battle Creek, Margie Schaecher daughter-in-law, Humphrey, Sam and Rose Schaecher, Meadow Grove, Roy and Renee Schaecher, Lincoln, Betty and Ric Berkley, Altamonte Springs, Fla., Nancy and Mike Knight, Spencer, Iowa, Mary and Don Knee, Battle Creek, Joan and Gary Brandl, Norfolk, Gary and Chris Schaecher, Norfolk, Linda and Bob Ternus, Humphrey, Karen Koehn, Quincy, Ill.; 42 grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren, 12 stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ormie Lubischer, Humphrey, and Millie Herbert, Moline, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, many relatives and a wide host of friends.
He was a member of the Bound For Glory Choir, Golden Hearts, Knights of Columbus and Rosary Crusade. He had been a member of a choir all his adult life. He was a farmer all of his life, especially since eighth grade, in the St. Ben area and south of Battle Creek, retiring in 1988. He worked for the ASCS in Platte County. Hobbies especially since retirement were quilting and embroidering, praying the rosary and reading. Most important were faith, family, friends.
He was preceded in death by five children, Jeanette Dusel, Charles Schaecher and Joseph, Anthony, Ann in infancy; grandchildren Chris Schaecher, Lorrie and Lawrence Schaecher in infancy and infant Ternus; also four great-grandchildren in infancy.
Also preceding him were his brothers and sisters, Ray, Collette Behrens, Marcella Gray, Cyril, Jerome, Frank, Eileen Jones, Clara DeMarlie and Rosella Dasso and son-in-law Melvin Wiese.
He was a great teller of his family history. He enjoyed his family tremendously.