Suzi Schaefer, age 73, of Laura Lane in Port Washington, WI died May 20, 2019 at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon, Wisconsin.

She was born March 15, 1946 in Hutchinson, KS to Jack and Isabel Mayer Larus. She grew up in Port Washington, WI, later moving to Mequon, WI where she graduated from Homestead High School. Suzi married Jerry Schaefer of Port Washington on January 25, 1969 at St. James Catholic Church in Mequon, WI. Together they lived in Port Washington, raising their family.

Suzi did clerical work at Modern Equipment in Port Washington, WI, then at Energenics in Cedarburg, WI, and later at Shady Ladies in Cedarburg. She retired as office manager for Milestones in Milwaukee, WI. When her kids were young, Suzi volunteered at St. Mary’s School in various capacities, including typing for the teachers, being a Girl Scout leader, and helping in the classroom. In her spare time she enjoyed crafting, researching her family genealogy, and spending time with family. At one time she was an avid bowler, and at any time she was game for a couple hands of Sheepshead. Her sense of humor and sharp wit were her trademarks.

She is survived by her husband Jerry of Port Washington, children Beth (John) Geffers of Oshkosh, WI and Steve (Jessica) Schaefer of Richfield, WI and grandchildren Sydney, Isaac, Christian, and Elise Geffers and Felix Schaefer. She is further survived by sisters BJ Larus of Wauwatosa, Jackie (the late Mike) Conway of Mequon and Joey (Dan) McCormick of Bayfield County, WI, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 6:30PM, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Family will receive relatives and friends from 4:30-6:30PM Wednesday prior to services. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

Memorials to Horizon’s Lawlis Family Hospice, 13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53097 appreciated.

Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.



  1. The Harrell and Larus Family of South Georgia are deeply saddened by the passing of Suzi. 3 generations of our family have communicated with her about the Larus family geneology. Donald Larus passed away several years ago. His wife, my mother-in-law, is 92 now and is living in our home with us in Naylor, Georgia. My wife Dianne was a Larus. My daughter Dana Ellis communicated frequently with Suzi about the geneology. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.

  2. Jerry, you have our deepest sympathy. We had good times bowling and playing cards with you and Suzi. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you.

    Joe and Pat Millonzi

  3. Dear Schaefer Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind in your children and grandchildren.

  4. Jerry & family..
    We were so shocked and saddened to hear that Suzi passed. We always enjoyed the Sheepshead games with both of you. May all those good memories help you through this difficult time.

  5. Jerry, Beth and Steve, so sorry for your loss. Words are never adequate enough to express our feelings, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Larry & June Caro

  6. Jerry: So very sorry. We loved Suzi and do remember those games of Sheepshead – even though Diane could never remember the rules.

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