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John "Jack" Schlaefer Obituary

John "Jack" C. Schlaefer

September 14, 1941 - February 7, 2018
Born in Wausau
Resided in Wausau, Wisconsin


John C. “Jack” Schlaefer, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, surrounded by his family at home after a long illness.

He was born on September 14, 1941, in Wausau, the son of John B. and Helen A. Schlaefer.

He and Sandy Markotic were married December 13, 1997, in Three Lakes where they lived for 20 years, she survives. They recently moved back to Wausau to be closer to family.

He raised five children with Joanne Schlaefer, she survives. Also surviving are his children and grandchildren. Susan (Todd) Fischer, Wausau, and their children Erin, T. Benjamin, Amanda, Johanna; MaryJo (Jeff) Johnson, Wausau, and her children Samantha, Chayden; Diane (Jeff) Johnson, Cuenca, Ecuador; John D. Schlaefer, Knowlton, and his children Jacob, John Ethan: Greg (Tonya) Schlaefer, Maple Grove, MN, and their children Megan, Caraline, Joey, Isabel. He is also survived by one sister Karen Mielke, Wausau.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James “Jim” Schlaefer.

Jack enjoyed life—meeting new people and having conversations along the way! Some of his favorite activities throughout his life were curling, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, traveling, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. In recent years most important to Jack was attending his grandchildren’s activities and supporting them as a proud Papa Jack could!

He was a retired partner of Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson LLP. Throughout his life he was involved in many community activities, which stemmed from his belief that Central and Northern Wisconsin were great places to live, including the Data Processing Management Association, the Rothschild-Weston-Schofield Ducks Unlimited, Wausau Area Catholic Schools, and the Wausau Curling Club. In his retirement he continued to serve his community on the board of the Edith Reiter Senior Center serving many years as President, treasurer of the Christian Food Pantry and an active member of the Lions Club in Three Lakes, WI.

In retirement he also enjoyed the time he was able to spend on mission trips in New Orleans and St. Lucia.

Jack’s Celebration of Life will be at the Bible Truth Chapel, 1600 N. 1st Ave., Wausau, on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Dave officiating. Private burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be at the chapel from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Reiter Senior Center, P.O. Box 161, Three Lakes, WI 54562

Peterson Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at




Bible Truth Chapel
1600 1st Ave.
Wausau, WI USA 54401
Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bible Truth Chapel
1600 N. 1st Ave.
Wausau, WI USA 54401
Sunday, February 18, 2018
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM