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Thomas  N. Schafer

Obituary for Thomas N. Schafer

July 28, 1950 - April 30, 2020
Parma, Ohio | Age 69

Cherished Husband, Beloved Father, Dear Brother, Loving Son


Thomas N. Schafer, age 69 of Parma, formerly of Akron and Norwalk, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Ames Family Hospice House after a lengthy and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Thomas is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Dawn (nee Palmateer); loving children, Rachel Vanek (Jason) of North Ridgeville and Matthew of Parma; and, dear siblings, Delores Charville (Tom) of Monroeville, OH, Tim Schafer of Hilliard, OH, Mary Ann Schafer (Jim Wright) of Sandusky, OH, and Roseann Hainline (Dave) of Norwalk, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Edna (nee Adelman). Thomas graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science with an additional Electronic Technology degree from the University of Akron. As a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, he worked for TV and radio stations over the years, including WOIO/WUAB, WCLQ, and WMMS. Thomas had a passion for Rock 'n Roll music, computers and electronics, gardening, baking, and family genealogy. He was especially dedicated to his family and helping others. Thomas was an active parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Parma. A PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. A graveside service will follow at 2:30pm at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family and friends may call at The Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 10:00am-12:00pm with Social Distancing. 440-842-7800

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