Ronald Schaefer, 77, of Gardiner, New York died Tuesday February 8, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. His earthly life marathon has ended.
Born May 20, 1944, in Queens, New York he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Violet (Schaper) Schaefer.
Ronald was an artist and art conservator who studied painting at the Art Students League, Woodstock School of Art, and frame making with Robert Kulicke. He worked as an oil painting conservator serving museums, galleries and private collections. Prior to conservation training, Ron worked in the engineering field doing technical drafting, design and as-built engineering. He was a Third Degree Freemason and among his varied interests he was an avid pool player, animal whisperer and antique car enthusiast.
Ron painted primarily in oil. His subject matter ranged from Americana architecture, barns, bridges, local landscapes, scenes of Italy, Ireland and France to large industrial steel mills and intimate still life.
Representation of his work has included art galleries in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York City. He has had many gallery shows, two museum exhibitions and his work is included in numerous corporate and private collections. Most recently his work was displayed at his very own Tuthilltown Art Gallery.
Above all he loved his family and lived life to the fullest.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Patricia Schaefer; his son, Rembrandt Schaefer; his daughter, Renee Schaefer-Salamone and her husband, Joseph; his grandsons, Caden Salamone and Theo Salamone; his special nephew, Cooper Kasin; his brother and family, Joseph F. Schaefer Jr.; his sister-in-law, Margaret Brown Kasin, sister-in-law Mary Ellen McMullen ( John ), sister-in-law Regina Pasco ( Gary ), brother-in-law Peter Brown ( Trudy ), their families; and many extended family members and friends.
Friends may call on Tuesday February 15, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home, 162 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, New York 12561.
A Memorial Art Show is to be held at a later date, as yet to be decided.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Ronald’s name be made to the Gardiner Fire & Rescue Department, 2349 US-44 Gardiner, New York 12525 or Tunnel to Towers Foundation ( T2T.org )