Obits: Urban W. Schefers

Urban Schefers, age 95 of Norwood Young America, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Church Of The Ascension (323 Reform Street N.) in Norwood Young America with Fr. Paul Ardolf as celebrant. Visitation held at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Urban W. Schefers was born the son of Henry and Gertrude (Berscheid) Schefers on March 27, 1917 in Albany. After graduating from Albany High School in 1935, Urban joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. He enlisted into the United States Navy on March 26, 1942 where he served as a baker until his Honorable Discharge on Oct. 5, 1945 in Sampson, New York. Urban worked for Home Dairy in Newark, New York until Nov. 5, 1947 when he enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army he continued his training in food service and baking. Urban had served until receiving his Honorable Discharge in November of 1951 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Urban was united in marriage with Dorothy Barry in New York in May of 1943. This union was blessed with four children; Urban Jr., Linda, Debra and Christine.

After his career in the military, Urban became a baker for the state of New York in a correctional facility for juveniles. He had also become an instructor in the facility teaching classes in the rehabilitation program on baking skills. Urban retired in 1973 and moved back to Minnesota and made residence in Park Rapids. After suffering the death of his wife Dorothy on April 16, 1987 Urban moved to the Norwood Young America area to be closer to his daughter Christine’s family. Urban had been a resident of Peace Villa for 12 years and The Harbor for the past three years. Urban enjoyed playing cards, fishing and woodworking. He was a huge sports fan and was always interested in how the Twins and Vikings were doing. Urban loved to attend his grandchildren’s games and school activities. He will be remembered for his strong Christian faith and his love for all of his family.

Urban is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Schefers, son Urban W. Schefers Jr., parents Henry and Gertrude Schefers,  six brothers and four sisters.

Urban is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Vincent Cantwell of Freemont, Calif., Debra Artino of Bloomington, Ind., Christine and Tim George of Norwood Young America; grandchildren and their spouses Matthew, Lori, Gina, Maya, Benjamin and Misty, Shannon and Jeremy, Susan and Adam, Theresa, Adam, Tracy, Elizabeth, Kimberly; great grandchildren Sebastian, Isabelle, Lillian, Hunter, Ella, Rayna, Madison, Brynley; as well as other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia (www.johnsonfh.com).

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