Alfred H. “Al” Schaefer, 100, of New Munich, passed away peacefully April 26, 2022, at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 29 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Alfred Henry Schaefer was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Grove Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Henry and Theresia (Sand) Schaefer. Al graduated from country school and attended high school in New Munich. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Wiechmann May 29, 1945, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. The couple took over the family farm south of New Munich in 1946 until 1978 when they moved to town. In 1962, Al became a salesman at Occo Feeds. He moved up the ladder to district manger and then to division manager where he was top in the division for a number of years. In 1981, Al started working for Form-A-Feed as district manager for 25 years. He also started selling Dekalb seed products in 1962.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and St. Joseph’s Men’s Society. Al loved playing sports, especially softball and bowling. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling. 

Survivors include his children, Dianne Feddema of Waite Park, Pat Frieler of Sauk Centre, Ken (Lois) Schaefer of New Munich, Roger (Rosie) Schaefer of Sauk Centre, Chuck (Jan) Schaefer of Melrose, and Judy (Steve) Keller of St. Cloud; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Al was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Schaefer on April 17, 2018; parents; son Stan “Haskell” Schaefer Sept. 18, 2020; and sons-in-law Ralph Feddema and LeRoy Frieler.

Serving as casket bearers were Keith Feddema, Brian Schaefer, Scott Schaefer, Joshua Schaefer, Kurt Frieler, Chad Schaefer, Michael Frieler and Tyler Keller. Cross bearer was Tracey Thielen and scripture bearer was Michelle Kremers. Readers were Kari Ann O’Keefe, Nicole Lauer, Heather Schaefer and Ashley Keller. Gift bearers were Tammy Squires, Kelly Coulter and Kristi Soule.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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