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James J. Schaefer, 90, Of White Plains, Baseball Coach

James J. Schaefer
James J. Schaefer Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - James J. Schaefer of White Plains died Jan. 29. He was 90.

Schaefer was born March 3, 1923, in Rochester. He attended St. Thomas of Aquinas High School. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. where he served as a pilot, flying B17 and B24 aircrafts, with the 485th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in Italy. After the war he graduated from the University of Rochester in 1949, and attended St. Johns School of Law. In 1990, he retired after 38 years from the Allstate Insurance Company.

Schaefer coached Our Lady of Sorrows Church boys and girls recreational teams. As a committee member for the White Plains Department of Recreation and Parks Youth Sports he voted to include all youths in sports activities. He served as chairman for both the Recreation Department’s Youth Baseball Executive Committee and City Touchdown Club. He coached Haviland Manor youth baseball team. He was a past president of the Haviland Manor Neighborhood Association. He volunteered at St. Agnes Hospital and the White Plains Hospital. He also volunteered at the election polls as an inspector in Districts 1 and 14.

Schaefer is survived by his children, Mari of Wayne, Pa., James of San Diego, Hugh (Anne) of Arlington, Va., Michael of White Plains, Cecilia (Glenn) Berger of Ridgefield, Conn., and Patrick (Amy) of Huntington; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma (nee Sheeran); and grandson, Christian.

Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 31 from  2 to  4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc. , 491 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 W. Stevens Ave., Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Schaefer's name to either the Archbishop Stepinac or White Plains High School Athletic Departments.

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