Schaefer Funeral Plans Set; Aides, Officials, Citizens Offer Tributes

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – Robert Lang
Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Baltimore Mayor, Maryland Governor and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who died Monday night after a long illness at the age of 89.

Schaefer’s body will lie in repose at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, next Monday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Later that day, there will be a procession through some of Schaefer’s favorite spots in Baltimore City including the Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Schaefer’s body will then be brought to City Hall in Baltimore, where it will lie in state from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday the 25th, and then from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

Schaefer’s funeral service will take place next Wednesday, April 27, at Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore.

The service is set for 11 a.m. 

A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland says Schaefer was a member of the church, and served on its vestry. Old St. Paul’s is the closest Episcopal church to City Hall, where Schaefer was on the City Council and served as mayor.

The rector, the Rev. Mark Stanley, will officiate at the funeral.

The church seats about 850 people. There will be overflow viewing at a site next door.

He will be buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens next to his long time companion Hilda Mae Snoops, who served as state hostess when Schaefer was governor.  She died in 1999.

The funeral is not taking place until next week due in part to Schaefer’s wishes.

Longtime aides say Schaefer had requested an open casket which takes time to prepare.  State law also requires that lying in repose occur on a weekday.

Additionally, the church is booked for Holy Week.

Aide Remembers Schaefer’s Final Hours

One day after his death, former aides, current officials and ordinary citizens are paying tribute to William Donald Schaefer.

Mark Wasserman, who was a deputy mayor for Schaefer at City Hall, and then served as his chief of staff in his first term as governor told WBAL News about an emotional conference call with Schaefer hours before he died Monday.

Wasserman said that Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Schaefer’s long time aide put the phone to Schaefer’s ear so that each person could say something to Schaefer.

“You could hear the governor’s labored breathing, and in a very quiet thoughtful way each person took a moment and said this very emotional good-bye,” Wasserman said.

He noted that Maryland’s Adjutant General James Adkins, who is helping to plan the funeral ceremony, was also part of the call, and after everyone spoke to Schaefer his aide picked up his trumpet and played “Maryland My Maryland.”

“I assure you it brought everyone to tears, and it will be a moment that will stay with everyone who was on that phone call forever.”

O’Malley, Rawlings-Blake Others Remember Schaefer

Governor  Martin O’Malley says Schaefer was a person who was “impatient with slowness in government” but who always had time for the people he served.

O’Malley told WBAL News that Schaefer taught him that the mayor does need to be responsive to things like potholes and piles of trash.

‘A street light being out, an alley that’s dirty. Things that inspectors should see and don’t see.  I the mayor isn’t doing that  then the rest of the organization doesn’t bother to do it. On the other hand, if the mayor has the attitude that you should do it, and do it now, and if I can see it, then you should be able to do it, then that makes the whole organziation lean forward,” O’Malley said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared a moment of silence across Baltimore at 9 a.m. Tuesday and state and city flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of the two-term governor and four-term mayor.

Kristin Collier left a bunch of yellow roses at the foot of a statue of Schaefer overlooking the Inner Harbor from the Harborplace & The Gallery on Tuesday morning.

At City Hall, Chris Williams, communications director for Rawlings-Blake’s office of neighborhoods, says Schaefer was one of the city’s most colorful and beloved characters and will be missed.

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