Eleanor Montville Schaefer
June 27, 1926 – February 25, 2017
Eleanor Montville Schaefer of Short Hills, NJ died on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ following a short illness. Funeral arrangements are planned for March 4, 2017 in Greenfield, MA.
Mrs. Schaefer was born in Worcester, MA and graduated from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, DC in 1949. Starting out as a photography model, she then worked as a promotion executive at Time Inc.’s LIFE and Sports Illustrated magazines. She was the first woman staffer on “Project X” which eventually became Sports Illustrated and worked there from 1953 until 1959. She concluded her publishing career at Conde Nast’s Glamour magazine in 1960. She had a variety of memberships, including Vice President of the League of Women Voters from 1971-1977, President of the Trinity College Alumni Association from 1959-1960 and was a member of Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ.
In 1961, she married C. James Schaefer III and they resided in New York City and Chatham Township before settling in Short Hills, NJ in 1978. Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her deeply loving husband, C. James Schaefer III, her son, C. James Schaefer IV, and her daughter in-law, Elisabeth Hatab Schaefer among many in her extended family and friends who had been touched by her love and friendship.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Saturday 3/4 at 10am at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal Street, Greenfield with the Rev. Timothy Campoli officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield, MA.
Calling hours will be held Friday evening from 5-7pm at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills, NJ 07078.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.