Joseph G. Schaffner, Jr.

joseph schaffner, jr.
Survivors include Joseph's wife Anne E. Schaffner; children Rachael & Joey Schaffner; sister Judith (Richard) Ulrich; three brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law & their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Capital Area Chapter, 5845 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 800, Alexandria, VA 22303 or 703-960-1100.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. Joe’s words and smile helped me walk the halls of Hopkins on many a day. I pray that his smile along with my wife’s are shining bright as they look upon us today. I hope to pay my respects this upcoming week, All our love, Vertu Blessathur, Chip, Andy & Matt DiComo

  2. We were all blessed by Uncle Joe’s strength, courage, and unconditional love. We wish we could be with you all on Friday to share in Uncle Joe’s celebration of life. Although so far away, we will be with you in spirit. Love, Ali, Brad, Brody & Grayson

  3. Most of us have a few best friends in this life. Joe was one of mine. I will miss him so much, even though we didn’t see other much in recent years because of distance. What a great man Joe was! If there were more Joe Schaffners in the world, it would truly be a world of love and peace. My deepest condolences go to Anne and Rachael and Joey. You know that your Dad and husband is at peace and smiling now. He will always love you.

  4. Liebe Trauerfamilie Nach langer Krankheit und hartem Ringen um Leben und Tod ist Joseph G. Schaffner, Jr. nun erloest. Ist es nicht eine Erleichterung? Der Verlust eines Gatten und Vaters ist aber zweifellos sehr schmerzlich. Wir entbieten, im Namen auch von allen Verwandten von Petey aus der Schweiz, unsere aufrichtige Anteilnahme. Mit stillen Gruessen. Anneliese Weber-Zingrich Hans-Ulrich Kneubuehler Erwin, Mirjam und Claudia Weber Rita und Ulrich Zingrich Brigitte, Paul, Martin, Thomas + Stefan Laternser

  5. Dear Ann, Kathy and I are deeply saddened to hear about Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Ray and Kathy Blood

  6. Annie, Rachael and Joey, You know our prayers will continue for you all, as they have all along. Kenny, Pam, Chelsea and Kari

  7. Dear Schaffner Family, I wanted to express how sorry I was over the loss of Joey’s dad (I’m a friend of Joey’s from school). I won’t be able to make the services due to family obligations, but I’ve heard such great things about Mr. Schaffner and I wanted to be there to support Joey. If there’s anything I can do for the family, please let me know–I’m living in the Arlington area for the summer, and I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts.

  8. Dear Annie, My heart goes out to you. I am at a loss for words. You and Joey and Rachel are in my thoughts and prayers each day.

  9. Dear Anne and family, my prayers are with you at this time of sadness at the loss of your Joe. Stay encouraged and know that you have a wonderful inner strength that is to be admired with all you have endured. God’s continued blessings to you and yours, Gale from DER.

  10. Joe was a wonderful man to work for, and more importantly, to know. Betty and I have you and your family in our thoughts at this time of your great loss.

  11. Anne, you and Joe, and the way that you accepted the unacceptable, will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Anne, Rachael & Joey – It is never easy when life throws a curve ball at you like the one that was thrown at Joe many months ago. But for the grace of God, there go I. God love Joe, have mercy on him and keep him close to His heart. We pray to God to help all of you at this time of your loss of Joe. Love you, Paul, Alex and Melissa Maloof

  13. To Annie, Rachael and Joey: “The Lord is my shepherd” psalm 23 opens with a joyous statement. Now it closes with the equally positive affiration, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”! May God comfort you during this time of great sorrow. An expression of deep sympathy from

  14. We have wonderful memories of a wonderful man. He was a great guy always, and phenomenally inspirational in the way he handled his illness. The whole Schaffner family has been a beautiful inspiration- the way you’ve stayed and prayed together. We will miss Joe. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  15. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Joe was a wonderful colleague and friend who will be missed terribly. You are in my prayers.

  16. Anne, Rachael,Joey– My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved husband and father. I knew Joe professionally as one of the very best, as a good friend, and as a fellow B&O enthusiast. What I did not know or realize (until the experience of the past 18 months) was the true depth of the man–from the incredible and remarkable contributions you all made as human beings in sharing your suffering with us, educating and enlightening us, and making us all the better for it. May he rest in peace. –Carlos

  17. Anne, I send you lots of love and hugs in this very difficult time. Deborah (from our days in the Barker lab)

  18. “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. “ Kahlil Gibran Our thoughts are with you Annie. We’ll be here when you need us.

  19. annie, i imagine your emotions vacillate from relief knowing that joe’s suffering is over, grateful for all the time you had together, and mourning the loss of the love of your life. you are in my thoughts and prayers. darlene

  20. Dear Anne– I will always remember the close association that Joe and I had for so many years. I consider myself fortunate to have known him and worked so closely with him. I will especially remember my recent visit in your home and the wonderful conversation we had about the days Joe and I had together. It was a highlight for me. I will also remember the good root beer you served! I will be thinking about you and your family during these difficult days and stand ready to do anything for you that I can. Fondly, Julian Nall

  21. Dear Annie, Joe has been a wonderful husband to you and a wonderful friend. I know your memories of him will comfort you, God will comfort you too. I am thinking of you. Love, Lenny

  22. Annie, Dar has kept some of us in the loop a bit, and I am so sorry you have had to go through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie

  23. Dear Anne,Rachael and Joey, Please know that each of you is in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. Rachael,my memories of your dad,so proud of you,so much love for you,so happy for you in all your endeavors will last me a lifetime. He was everything a Dad should be. Anne,I know Joe to have been your perfect soul mate and how difficult this must be for you. Please know that Terry and I will help in any way needed. God has a special place for Joe,of that I am certain. With deepest sympathy, Mark Bernardino

  24. Dear Annie & Rachel, The years since you and Joe were here at the University seem so recent, Annie. It is surprising how time passes, but the good memories and thoughts remain fresh. Hold on to them; they are life’s treasures – they are our cherished ledgers filled with the blessings shared with those we love, respect, and admire. You two are part of mine, and my heart goes out to you.

  25. Dear Rachael, Joey and Mrs. Schaffner, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Mr. Schaffner lives in each of your hearts and know that, as husband, father and friend, he continues to breathe his spirit into your lives.

  26. Dear Anne, Rachael and Joey, John and I are grieved by the loss of Joe. He was a wonderful person, a great friend and a fine example of courage to us. We have many many fond memories of him and you, including visits to Cabin John Park when the Blehar and Schaffner children were little. John will miss his frequent conversations with his good friend Joe about science, cosmology and the world. We will miss him very much. Our hearts go out to you.

  27. Anita and I are very sad to learn of your loss. We know that the road has been long and tough, and there is very little that can be said. We only hope that you’ll find the strength to survive this tragedy and that time will bring you a bright future.

  28. Joe brought great credit upon himself, his family, his agency and his country. I remember him as a great American and colleague. He conducted his affairs in upright and even fashion. I was honored to serve and learn with him. May God bless and preserve his family as beacons of his character and the best values and traditions of our nation.

  29. Dear Rachael, I’m thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May these few words express sincere sympathy to you and your family. My heart goes out to you all, Katie Gordon

  30. Annie, Rachel and Joe, Our thouhts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  31. Dear Anne, I am so sorry for your profound loss. I remember our last meeting in wonderful New Mexico and how much has changed since then and how difficult the last few years must have been for you in so many ways. Your faith and family will sustain you but the road ahead will be challenging I know. I wish I lived closer so I could be of some help. Since Karen told me of the seriousness of your husband’s illness, I have thought of you everyday. I will write soon as I now have your address. Your cousin, Jeanette

  32. Dear Annie, We offer you our deepest condolences on Joe’s death. We know your inner strength and reliance on the Lord’s help will assist you through this difficult time. Joe must have been very proud of you and your family for your love and devotion to him. Fondly, Ralph and Mary

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