Wake:Friday, July 15, from 4:00 to 7:45PM in the Collins Funeral Home.Service:Friday July 15, at 7:45PM in the Collins Funeral Home.

Jean Hans Schaer


May 17, 1930 ~ July 15, 2015

Jean Hans Schaer, 85, of Norwalk, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 15th.

Born in Zaugenried, Bern, Switzerland, May 17, 1930, he was the son of the late Otto and Rosa Buetikofer Schaer. Mr. Schaer immigrated to the U. S. in 1961, and has been a Norwalk resident since 1963. A machinist and decolleteur by training, he worked for Bechler SA of Moutier, Switzerland for 25 years. He later founded his own company, Hannes Precision in Norwalk.

Proud of his Swiss heritage, Mr. Schaer was a member of the Swiss American Association of Connecticut and The Baere Club of New York. A lover of music, he enjoyed being a member of the Norwalk Community Chorale.

Survivors include two sons; Raymond Schaer and his wife Beverly, of West Redding, Bernard Schaer and his wife Cynthia, of Silvermine, five grandchildren; Henry and William Schaer, Rachael, Ava and Nathaniel Schaer, and longtime companion Marianne Paprotna of Old Greenwich. He was the former husband of Beatrice Schaer of Stratford.

Friends may call Friday, July 17th, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, from 4:00 to 7:45 P.M. At 7:45 P. M., there will be a prayer service.

  1. I extend my condolences to Raymond and Bernard and their families, and all of the other family members and friends who mourn the passing of Jean. It is my hope that loving memories of Jean will provide comfort to all that loved him during this difficult time.

    July 16, 2015
    Helen Jetter; Reliable Care, LLC -
  • I started working at Sheldon Precision in 1977 and had many business memories over the years. We used to call Jean, Hannes, and for a long time I never knew that was not his first name. He was a real nice man and raised two great sons.

    I was sorry to hear of his passing.

    Janice Blake

    July 22, 2015
    Janice Blake -
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