James Schaefer - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 1, 1955 - February 6, 2015

James E. "Jim" Schaefer, age 59, formerly of Richfield, MN. Passed away at home in Shoreview on Feb. 6, 2015. Preceded in death by father, Earl. Survived by mother, Joan; sons, Dan and Tony and their mother, Annette Adelmann; brother, Ken (Mary); sister, Anne (Scott) Seaberg along with nephews, niece, many cousins and friends. Jim grew up in Richfield and was a long time parishioner of Assumption Church. He was a graduate of St. Thomas Academy, University of St. Thomas and William Mitchell College of Law. He was employed by Thomas Reuters.

Memorials preferred to the University of St. Thomas.


  1. Scott McVay says:

    I walked past Jim’s cube at work this morning as I do every workday and still popped my head over the wall. It felt like a very physical absence today. I’m really going to miss him. We’ve worked together a very long time, and he was always a friendly presence, a friendly face, and a friendly word. – Scott

  2. Jeff Compo says:

    I would like to extend my deepest condolences to family and friends of Jim. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. As a co-worker, Jim was a pleasure to work with. I will always remember him for his wit and kindness. He will be missed. With deepest sympathy,

    Jeff Compo

  3. Pam and Joe Lux says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and please know our prayers are with your whole family, especially Dan and Tony. Jim was always so friendly and interested in everyone and their activities; and such as strong community member. He will be missed.

  4. Larry Fryklund says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Jimn for 46 years since we were Freshmen at St. Thomas Academy. He was always a very nice person to speak with and be around. And super smart. A few years ago we crossed paths again, and he was one of a couple of classmates that helped me to come to work for Thomson Reuters. I would see and speak with him briefly a few times every week and we would compare notes on our respective jobs in the company. I will miss seeing and speaking with Jim, and offer you my heartfelt condolonces on your loss. Jim was a really great guy, and I will miss him. Deepest sympathy to your family at this time.
    Larry Fryklund – St. Thomas Academy, and College of St. Thomas classmate.

  5. john wendt says:

    Please accept our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences. Jim was truly a scholar and gentleman and a true friend of St. Thomas. He always gave so much and even that much more. He will be missed.

  6. Tracy Gradford says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Jim for several years. It was a joy and honor to work with such a kind person. He was always willing to help out and share his wisdom. I don’t think I ever heard him say “no” to anyone. He is truly going to be missed. I will always hear his very cheerful “Hello Tracy Gradford” when he answered my calls or poked his head over my cube and said “What are you still doing here!”. I’d ask him the same thing. He was the kind of guy everyone should have the pleasure of working with. I will cherish his memory. I pray that your memories of Jim will bring you comfort at this time.

  7. Lee Shelton says:

    I enjoyed my time working and having lunch with Jim at Thomson Reuters. He made a lasting impression. As a notary, he was also a great help to my wife and I when we were completing our adoption paperwork. We were very grateful.

  8. Brian Williams says:

    I was informed just this morning of Jim’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I met Jim last fall – we were classmates in a class at Saint Thomas we both were taking. We sat next to each other for the entire semester. Jim was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met – very down to earth, obviously very smart, and I enjoyed being his classmate. Again, my condolences.

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