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“Opa” of Cottage Grove lost his six year battle with emphysema on March 1 at the age of 74.


William was born in Keil, Wisconsin. He graduated from Keil High School. He graduated from Lakeland College in Plymouth, Wisconsinwith a chemistry degree after serving four years in the United States Air Force. He loved camping with his family in Howard Lake.


 He was preceded in death by his dearly loved middle daughter, Pamy and his parents Meta & Arthur Schafer.


William is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Elsbeth "Beth"; daughter Patsy and husband Brett Kovacs; son Patrick and wife Kara Tipple; and the four grandchildren he was so proud of Corey, Whitney, BreAnna and Cole! also survived by dear niece Rose Sena and her husband John of Albuquerque. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and he will be greatly missed.


Visitation 1-2pm with a  Memorial Service at 2 PM Thursday at the KOK FUNERAL HOME, 7676 80th St. Cottage Grove. A special thank you to family, friends and the HealthEast Hospice Care team who made Opa's final weeks with us comfortable.


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Kok Funeral Homes
1201 Portland Avenue Saint Paul Park, MN 55071
Tel. (651) 459-2875
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