Obituary of Walter Joseph Schauer
Walter Joseph Schauer, age 101, formerly of Hazel Crest and Joliet, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Brookdale of Orland Park.
Born February 16, 1919 in Chicago, he was the son of Joseph and Anna (Kapoun) Schauer. He was a graduate of Farragut High School, Chicago, Class of 1937, and attended Northwestern University. During World War II, he proudly served his country with the United States Army attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in France, Belgium, and Germany following the D Day invasion.
He married the love of his life, Eileen J. (Murphy) Schauer, and they enjoyed 67 years of marriage prior to her passing on March 10, 2010. His parents; one brother, Henry (Stephny) Schauer; his wife’s parents, James E. “Spud: Murphy and Ellen “Nellie” (Carney) Murphy; a sister-in-law, Joanne (Robert) Nellis; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Norma) Murphy also preceded him in death.
Walter retired as the Purchasing Director for Roseland Community Hospital in 1986.
Walter was a student of the World and found all new information interesting.
He was an avid news junkie, always insisting on staying informed about current events. His goal in 2020 was to live long enough to vote for Joe Biden.
His secret for a long life…..“keep breathing”.
Surviving are his devoted children, Susan E. (John) Joens of Orland Park, IL, Patricia A. Schauer of DeLand, FL, William J. Schauer of Janesville, WI, Michael J. (Donna) Schauer of Port Orange, FL, Dennis W. (Naomi) Schauer of Munster, IN, and Terri (Daniel) Rourke of Scottsdale, AZ; his grandchildren, Peggy (Jim) Harlan of Frankfort, IL, Michael (Irene) Joens of Slinger, WI, Susan (Uland) Thomas of Schererville, IN, Ellen (John) Laverty of Chicago, IL, Cosima Schauer of Lakewood, CO, Dyonne Mason of St. Cloud, FL. Deanna Schauer of St. Cloud, FL, Danielle Schauer of Palm Bay, FL, Dominique Schauer of Normal, IL, Royale Schauer of Conyers, GA, Darius (Elizabeth) Schauer of Ft. Benning, GA, Helen Hardy of Chicago, IL, Jennifer (Tony) Elizondo of Chicago, IL, Diana (Brendan) Kallander of Bel Air, MD, and Daniel (Nicole) Rourke of Mokena, IL; Sarah (Steve) Meilinger of Texas, Jason Davis of Franklin Park, IL, Laura Davis of Florida, 25 Great-Grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Walter Schauer will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, (at Essington Road), Joliet. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Army.
For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com
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