Schafer, Alex “Sonny”, Saginaw Township, Michigan

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Toni and Trish House in Auburn. Age 78 years. The son of the late Alexander and Catherine (Meyer) Schafer, Alex was born on October 12, 1934 in Saginaw, Michigan. Alex married Joanne Doepker, his loving wife of 56 years, on December 28, 1957. She survives. Alex, Joanne and his parents were the former owners of Old Heidelberg Inn in Sebewaing. Alex served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. He enjoyed canoe racing, snowmobiling, and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. For the last 15 years, he and Joanne spent their winters in Florida and loved spending his time on the beach and enjoying all Florida had to offer. Surviving besides his wife Joanne are two daughters, Lori and Steven Sella, Unionville; Brenda Schafer, Sebewaing; four grandchildren, Ryan (Tabatha) Sella, Nicole Sella, Jordan Heckroth and Tyler Heckroth; three great-grandchildren, Laikyn, Alexander and Benton; a sister, Betty Guenther, Sebewaing. Alex was preceded in death by a son and a daughter, Gary Schafer and Leanne Schafer, also a brother-in-law, Duane Guenther. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. James Carlson will officiate with interment to follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 12:00-6:00 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. The family will share memories at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Toni and Trish House or Grace Hospice.