In memory of
Angelica Helen Schaefer
In memory of
Angelica Helen Schaefer
Angelica Helen Schaefer, 91 Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Saturday, February 20 in Staten Island. Angelica, affectionately known as Angel by family and friends, was born on July 19, 1929 and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was the daughter of Peter and Katherine Paidoussis. Her parents were Greek immigrants who owned and operated a restaurant, The Dandy Shop, located at 1908 Broadway in Manhattan. Angelica grew up working in her family's restaurant with her parents, two brothers, grandmother and great uncle. She always told her grandchildren stories from the restaurant and about the many customers she came to know over the years. Even at 91 years old she could remember the usual orders of people who frequently came into the restaurant. Angel also told stories about famous individuals who were regular customers, including James Dean, Mae West, Bela Lugosi, Carlos Ramirez and Rocky Graziano. She prided herself on never having to write down an order in all the years she worked at The Dandy Shop. Angelica graduated from Julia Richman High School early and with honors in January 1947. She met her best friend and the love of her life, the late Edward Schaefer, on Saint Patrick's Day in 1951 at The Dandy Shop. Ed asked Angel if she would like to go out with him and returned a few days later with dinner reservations and theater tickets. They were married on January 20, 1952 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan. Ed and Angel resided on the Upper West Side before moving to Staten Island in 1954 to start their family. They purchased their first home in Grant City and then, together with Angel's parents, built a two family home on the property next door where they raised their children and grandchildren. Angel traveled to the island of Chios with her children to visit her many aunts, uncles and cousins in Greece. She fondly remembered these trips and spoke about the experience often. Angel was very proud of her Greek heritage and loved telling her family which words come from the Greek language. During Ed's 30+ year career in the FDNY, Angel volunteered at his firehouse, preparing many meals for the guys. In appreciation of her service, the firemen at Engine 9, Ladder 6 in Chinatown gifted her with a golden firefighter's helmet necklace that she cherished and wore every day. One of Angel's favorite places was the summer home she and her husband built in Westbrookville, NY, which her grandchildren call "the house in the woods." Angel spent every summer there with Ed, their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Angel cherished her extremely close relationship with her grandsons Scott and Craig who she often referred to as "the boys." She loved playing cards, particularly Rummy and Casino, with her grandson and son-in-law. Two of her other favorite pastimes were reading and watching Jeopardy. She also loved telling her children and grandchildren stories about her life. These stories will be treasured by her family forever. Angel was predeceased by her husband, Edward Schaefer, daughter-in-law, Karen "Coco" Schaefer and son, Peter Schaefer. She is survived by her loving and dedicated daughters, Marion Kalmikoff (Howard) and Katherine Kelly (Mark), grandchildren, Rabbi Scott and Craig Kalmikoff, James, Robert and Sarah Schaefer, Kaitlyn Meserve (Richard), and Mark Kelly, and great-granddaughter, Riley Meserve who affectionately called Angel "Yiayia." She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Angel's family loves her with all their hearts and will miss her immensely. Friends & family are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 - 4:00 pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Hanley Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 10:30 am at the funeral home followed by interment at Ocean View Cemetery. Angel's grandson, Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff, will officiate.
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Staten Island, NY 10306
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In memory of
Angelica Helen Schaefer
Angelica Helen Schaefer, 91 Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Saturday, February 20 in Staten Island. Angelica, affectionately known as Angel by family and friends, was born on July 19, 1929 and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was the daughter of Peter and Katherine Paidoussis. Her parents were Greek immigrants who owned and operated a restaurant, The Dandy Shop, located at 1908 Broadway in Manhattan. Angelica grew up working in her family's restaurant with her parents, two brothers, grandmother and great uncle. She always told her grandchildren stories from the restaurant and about the many customers she came to know over the years. Even at 91 years old she could remember the usual orders of people who frequently came into the restaurant. Angel also told stories about famous individuals who were regular customers, including James Dean, Mae West, Bela Lugosi, Carlos Ramirez and Rocky Graziano. She prided herself on never having to write down an order in all the years she worked at The Dandy Shop. Angelica graduated from Julia Richman High School early and with honors in January 1947. She met her best friend and the love of her life, the late Edward Schaefer, on Saint Patrick's Day in 1951 at The Dandy Shop. Ed asked Angel if she would like to go out with him and returned a few days later with dinner reservations and theater tickets. They were married on January 20, 1952 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Manhattan. Ed and Angel resided on the Upper West Side before moving to Staten Island in 1954 to start their family. They purchased their first home in Grant City and then, together with Angel's parents, built a two family home on the property next door where they raised their children and grandchildren. Angel traveled to the island of Chios with her children to visit her many aunts, uncles and cousins in Greece. She fondly remembered these trips and spoke about the experience often. Angel was very proud of her Greek heritage and loved telling her family which words come from the Greek language. During Ed's 30+ year career in the FDNY, Angel volunteered at his firehouse, preparing many meals for the guys. In appreciation of her service, the firemen at Engine 9, Ladder 6 in Chinatown gifted her with a golden firefighter's helmet necklace that she cherished and wore every day. One of Angel's favorite places was the summer home she and her husband built in Westbrookville, NY, which her grandchildren call "the house in the woods." Angel spent every summer there with Ed, their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Angel cherished her extremely close relationship with her grandsons Scott and Craig who she often referred to as "the boys." She loved playing cards, particularly Rummy and Casino, with her grandson and son-in-law. Two of her other favorite pastimes were reading and watching Jeopardy. She also loved telling her children and grandchildren stories about her life. These stories will be treasured by her family forever. Angel was predeceased by her husband, Edward Schaefer, daughter-in-law, Karen "Coco" Schaefer and son, Peter Schaefer. She is survived by her loving and dedicated daughters, Marion Kalmikoff (Howard) and Katherine Kelly (Mark), grandchildren, Rabbi Scott and Craig Kalmikoff, James, Robert and Sarah Schaefer, Kaitlyn Meserve (Richard), and Mark Kelly, and great-granddaughter, Riley Meserve who affectionately called Angel "Yiayia." She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Angel's family loves her with all their hearts and will miss her immensely. Friends & family are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 - 4:00 pm & 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Hanley Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 10:30 am at the funeral home followed by interment at Ocean View Cemetery. Angel's grandson, Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff, will officiate.
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60 New Dorp Ln
Staten Island, NY 10306
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