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Theodore "Ted" Schafer

Frankfort, Illinois

Theodore E. “Ted” Schafer, M.D. Age 89. Frankfort resident formerly of Olympia Fields and Chicago’s Southside/Little Flower Parish. Attended St Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH graduating from Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, OH. Graduate of University of Notre Dame Class of 1954 and Received his Doctorate from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1958. United States Navy Veteran and longtime Reservist. Founding Partner of the former Suburban Heights Medical Center in Chicago Heights. Husband for 57 years of the late Catherine T. “Kay” Schafer. Father of John (Allison) Schafer, Michael Schafer, Mary Beth (Randall) Richardson and Therese (Christopher Lewers) Schafer. Grandfather of Jennifer, Eric (Erica), Ryan, Matthew, Zachary, Jason, Caitlin, Kelly, Riley, Justin (fiancé Jessica) and Dylan. Great grandfather of Cayden. Son of the late Bernice nee McAllister and Carl Schafer. Brother in-law of Ann (Jack) Moody. Uncle of Julie, Mary Pat, Kelly, Jacqueline and Kathleen. Friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Thursday June 24, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Friday 10:15 am from funeral home to Infant Jesus of Prague Church, 1131 Douglas, Flossmoor. Mass 11:00 AM. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ted’s name to Catholic Charities LOSS Program, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654 or would be appreciated by the Schafer family. Info 708-481-9230 and


  • joe darguzas

    on 06/22/21

    Have not seen Ted around IJP for a while, but with the covids;  haven't seen many folks.  Didn't know he had relocated to Frankfort.
    One of my joys of being a Communion Minister was sharing the Lord with Ted.  In later years, he was kind of slumped forward, but would always straightened right up with the biggest smile on his face when I approached him.  A beautiful way to share Grace.  
    I remember seeing Ted in his pink TuTu at Curtain Call.  BUT,  the story, as I remember Ted telling it was he revived a person having a heart attack - who immediately relapsed when he saw a big guy in a pink TuTu hanging over him.  Kay would laugh and disclaim all knowledge.  
    They both brought a lot of Blessings to the Community.  Thank God for their Spirits. 

  • Sister Agnes Abb

    on 06/23/21

    My deepest sympathy to you. Dr. Schafer took care of me as a patient for serveral years.  He was very kind, understanding and patient.  

    I will keep him along with his family in my prayers

    With love prayers and sympathy 

    Sr. Agnes Ann Pisel

    Marian Catholic High School

    now at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, IL



  • Margi and Skip Hafer

    on 06/24/21

    We had the pleasure of living in Hunt Club Estates with Kay and Ted.  They brightened the community and made us smile.

    Ted told us he was very proud of delivering over 1000 babies in his career, some thing very special.  May he enjoy a continued

    eternity with the Lord and his beautiful Irish bride Kay.

    Margi and Skip



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