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Gertrude M. Schaefer
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Misericordia Homes 6300 North Ridge Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60660-1099 or Blue cap 1962 Broadway Blue Island, Illinois 60406

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“Aunt Gert and Uncle Jerry were at our wedding in 1984 where Uncle Jerry sang. I saw Aunt Gert numerous times and she was just the sweetest, most...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Stark - Oceanside, CA

“Aunt Gert always had a kind word for everyone. I loved her dearly. Do to distance the last time I saw her was about 7 years ago. I will always...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Jim Mongiat - Atlanta, GA

“Gertrude was a wonderful, cheerful, loving women who will be missed. We are praying for her and all the Schaefer family. Thank you for remembering...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Sister Paulette, RSM - Chicago, IL

“I recall the great times we had at family gatherings at Aunt Gert's throughout the 1950s. Her home was always filled with with the smells of the...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Allan Hollinger - Tacoma, WA

“Aunt Gert shared my birthday...December 27th. Each time we saw each other, we acknowleged that small but fun common bond. I often reminisce of...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Steve Arnold - Grayslake, IL

“Wow, what a selfless person Gert was. "Aunt" Gert, as myself and my famile affectionately called her, was such a steadfast and caring woman who...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Tim Arnold - Pleasant Prairie, WI

“My earliest memory of "Aunt Gert" was staying with her when my mom was in the Hospital having my younger twin brothers, Bobby and Brian. One morning...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jay Reilly - Omaha, NE - Godson


Gertrude Marie Schaefer nee Fredricksen, 96, of the Smith Village of Chicago, died Wednesday, March 21st. Surviving Gert are her sister Marian Smith of California and her brother-in-law Paul Erickson of Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. Gert was preceded in death by her husband Gerard Schaefer and her siblings William Fredricksen (Mildred), Herbert Fredricksen (Ruth), Margaret Williams (Ray), Dorothy Erickson, and Lois Hollinger (Ken).

Mrs. Schaefer volunteered at St. Benedict School in Blue Island for over 30 years, both in the school office and in charge of the milk program. She was a member of the St. Benedict's Prayer Circle for 18 years and was President of St. Benedict's Women's Club for two terms. Gert was "Woman of the Year" for Southside Catholic Women's Club in the 1990's. Gert worked for two years as receptionist for Washington & Jane Smith Home, now named Smith Village, in Chicago where she resided. For four years she was president of the Resident Council at Smith Village. Family and friends will miss her friendliness and cheery smile.