Schaefer to Lie in Repose in Annapolis, Baltimore; Funeral Planned April 27

From Baltimore Sun staff and wire services

12:24 PM EDT, April 19, 2011

In death, Maryland’s “do-it-now” politician, William Donald Schaefer, will have to wait more than a week for his funeral.

Michael Golden, Schaefer’s longtime spokesman, said the former governor and Baltimore mayor will lie in state at the State House in Annapolis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Golden said Schaefer will then be taken on a final “tour” of Baltimore before lying in state at City Hall on Monday evening and April 26.

Services will be held April 27, at Old St. Paul’s Church downtown, with interment to follow at Dulaney Valley Gardens, according to Golden. He said additional details will be announced Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland says Schaefer was a member of Old St. Paul’s, and served on its vestry. The rector, the Rev. Mark Stanley, will officiate at the 11 a.m. funeral.

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

Several factors pushed the funeral plans back. Former aides said Schaefer requested an open casket, which takes time to prepare, and state law requires that lying in repose happen on a weekday.

Additionally, Old St. Paul’s Church was booked this week with Holy Week services.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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