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William Edward “Bill” Schaefer, 75, of Freeland, MI, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, from intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.
Bill was born in Bay City, MI, to the late Hugo and Mary Jo Schaefer, on October 20, 1942, attended St. Brigid School and graduated from Midland High School. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
After graduation Bill worked for Dow Chemical as a mechanical engineer for 41 years, starting in the Styron 433 Building complex and then was involved in the design and construction of the Heat-Resistant Polymer 944 building. At the 433 Building he also worked on a wide variety of engineering projects. He finished his career at Dow working on projects for the New Ventures group, Pharmaceutical group, Specialty Monomers, and the Waste Treatment area.
Bill was an active member of St. Brigid Catholic Church. He was involved in Bible Study for 25 years, was a lector for 30 years, was in charge of Coffee & Donuts for many years, and worked with the youth group at Loons games concessions.
While still working at Dow, Bill enjoyed volunteering at Midland Center for the Arts and worked on new home construction for Saginaw Habitat for Humanity. After retirement, Bill was actively involved for 8 years with Emmaus House of Saginaw where he did handyman repair work on 13 houses and had a pivotal role in rehabbing 14 houses donated by Rodarte Builders giving some of the women of Emmaus House a once in a lifetime opportunity to own their own home. In 2012, Bill was named Saginawian of the Year for his work at Emmaus House and Habitat for Humanity. In recent years Bill did handyman work with the Mustard Seed Shelter in Saginaw.
Bill also volunteered 7 years at MidMichigan Health driving the courtesy van, and later at the Towsley Reception Desk helping people find their way to the hospital complex.
He also spent a week each year in early February volunteering at the Women’s Professional Tennis Tournament in Midland.
Bill is survived by his sister Barbara A. Schaefer (Mayfield Heights, OH), his brothers Richard S. Schaefer (Kathy) of Lansing, MI, Stephen T. Schaefer (North Olmsted, OH), and nieces Anne (Alex) Beirlant, Emily Schaefer, Mary (Michael) Giles, and Ellen Schaefer.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Midland. Fr. Andy Booms will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 30 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home and on Thursday morning for one hour prior to the funeral service at St. Brigid Church. Burial will be at Old Calvary Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Mustard Seed Shelter, 1325 Cherry St, Saginaw, MI 48601. The family of Bill Schaefer wishes to thank Great Lakes Caring for their compassionate hospice care.