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Tom Schefter

TOM SCHEFTER
Mount Vernon


Tom Schefter, 62, of
Mount Vernon, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.
Family members include his best friend and spouse, Virginia of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Camille Schefter (James Frederick) of Los Angeles, Alexandra Schefter (Zachary Bergman) of St. Paul, Minn., and Lauren Schefter (Drew LaQua) of Seattle; parents, Joseph and Carol Schefter; siblings, Edward Schefter and Karen Taylor of California; many in-laws; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends across the country.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and uncles, George and Herbie Rstom.
Thomas Joseph Schefter was born July 30, 1956, in Mankato, Minn., to Joseph and Carol (Rstom) Schefter. He graduated from Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y. He received bachelor's degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University. Tom met Virginia Bouchard at SUNY and they married on Sept. 27, 1980. With nothing but love, they moved across the country through California, Washington and Colorado. They eventually settled in Iowa to raise their family. Tom recently retired after 29 years as senior vice president of asset management for Aegon USA Realty Advisors.
Tom woke each day at 4:30 and was always busy. He was interested in everything, could fix anything, and felt a beauty in working with his hands. He loved antiques and folk art. He was a collector and all-around treasure hunter. He had particular affinities for boats, motorcycles and cars. Be it climbing mountains, running marathons or making tables, when Tom made a goal it was always accomplished with resolve and the utmost care. Tom cherished and was most dedicated to his family. There was nothing that pleased him more than sharing a meal with family and friends. Tom was humble, compassionate and generous and would make friends with anyone. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the 8:30 a.m. daily Mass will be offered for Tom at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mount Vernon. An open gathering for family and friends will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon, with a memorial service and sharing of memories to begin at 5 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to Tom's family to be given to Doctors Without Borders for their selfless care given to those in need across the globe.
Please share your support and memories with Tom's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.