Word has been received here of the death of Mary T. Schaefer, a resident of the Northampton summer colony in Sag Harbor for over 50 years, on Dec. 15 at Glen Cove Hospital. Death was attributed to respiratory failure after a brief illness. Mrs. Schaefer was 93.
Born in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn on Oct. 14, 1920, to Melbourne Lucas and the former Mary Considine, Mrs. Schaefer grew up in the “Borough of Churches” until she was 6, when she and a sister were hit by a car as they were walking. Though both recovered, her parents decided to move their nine children to a more bucolic setting.
They chose the town of Oceanside. Mrs. Schaefer attended St. Christopher’s School in Baldwin before becoming one of the first students in the then-new Oceanside School No. 5. Her family said she took great pride throughout her life in having graduated from Oceanside High School.
During World War II, she worked in retail in Hempstead. When the war ended she married John E. Schaefer, who had just returned from overseas service. The ceremony took place on the bride’s 25th birthday.
The couple lived first in Rockville Centre before moving to Brookville in 1965, where Mrs. Schaefer became a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Funeral services were held at the church on Dec. 17, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
In 1960, the Schaefers bought a house on Mill Road in Noyac, where they became summer fixtures. Both were founding members of the Noyac Golf Club.
Mrs. Schaefer loved dogs, her family said, particularly golden retrievers and collies. She tended a much-admired cutting garden, and also enjoyed the beaches at Northampton and Noyac. The couple spent winter months in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.
She is survived by three sons, John E. Schaefer Jr. of East Quogue, Robert L. Schaefer of Rockville Centre, and James K. Schaefer of Brookville, and a daughter, Mary E. Stabenfelt of Larkspur, Calif. She also leaves two brothers, John Lucas of Oceanside and James Lucas of Babylon, and two sisters, Patricia McCoy of Lynbrook and Helen Duffy of Port Jefferson. Twelve grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren survive as well. Her husband died eight months ago.
The family has suggested memorial donations for Long Island Lutheran High School, 131 Brookville Road, Brookville 11545.