Bradley P. Schlafer
October 6, 1967 - September 23, 2014
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 9/27, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service
Appleton Highland Memorial Park
3131 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI
Wednesday 9/24
The Core
222 W. Franklin Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Sunday 9/28, 2:00 pm
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952

Our all-knowing Lord and Savior called Brad home to heaven on Tuesday evening, September 23, 2014 at the Appleton Medical Center, at the age of 46. Brad was born October 6, 1967, the son of Phillip and Barbara (Kester) Schlafer of Appleton. He was a 1986 graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School and a…

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Jeanie Downing left a message on October 16, 2014:

We were totally shocked today when we received the letter telling us of Brads passing. We started out meeting with Brad for business reasons and became friends. He will be greatly missed! Our sincere sympathy to all of his family. May God watch over all of you. He mentioned all of you in our meetings as we got to know him over the years.

Jeanie Downing left a message on October 16, 2014:

We were totally shocked today when we received the letter telling us of Brads passing. We started out meeting with Brad for business reasons and became friends. He will be greatly missed! Our sincere sympathy to all of his family. May God watch over all of you. He mentioned all of you in our meetings as we got to know him over the years.

Tom & Judy Oberweiser left a message on October 7, 2014:

Our family sends our sympathy to yours. Our sons played baseball with Brad & we remember his smile.
Cherish the memories....

The Oberweiser Family

Van Mueller left a message on September 28, 2014:

Van Mueller
I want to extend my sorrow for your great loss. I do not even begin to understand the tremendous grief the family must be experiencing. I had many interactions with Brad over the years and watched how he grew into an insurance professional who only thought about serving his clients. He always exemplified being a good husband, father, son , insurance agent and friend.
We will all miss him terribly. I will remember him fondly.

Van Mueller left a message on September 28, 2014:

Van Mueller
I want to extend my sorrow for your great loss. I do not even begin to understand the tremendous grief the family must be experiencing. I had many interactions with Brad over the years and watched how he grew into an insurance professional who only thought about serving his clients. He always exemplified being a good husband, father, son , insurance agent and friend.
We will all miss him terribly. I will remember him fondly.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Dar Dutcher left a message on September 28, 2014:

Dear Tara, I was saddened to read the passing of Brad. God only takes the good ones . . . this time he took a great one. Love and prayers from your ol' friend and housekeeping buddy "Dar"

Dar Dutcher left a message on September 28, 2014:

Dear Tara, I was saddened to read the passing of Brad. God only takes the good ones . . . this time he took a great one. Love and prayers from your ol' friend and housekeeping buddy "Dar"

Ann Felauer left a message on September 27, 2014:

To the Schlafer Family, losing a family member unexpectedly, whether it be father, brother, or son, is indescribable, and my heart goes out to you. Having a connection with Brad and Andy from high school and knowing that my nephew is friends with Abby I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the family. I ran into Brad often at church and he always had a smile and greeting. He touched the lives of many and I am very sorry for your loss.

Ann Felauer left a message on September 27, 2014:

To the Schlafer Family, losing a family member unexpectedly, whether it be father, brother, or son, is indescribable, and my heart goes out to you. Having a connection with Brad and Andy from high school and knowing that my nephew is friends with Abby I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the family. I ran into Brad often at church and he always had a smile and greeting. He touched the lives of many and I am very sorry for your loss.

Cheryl (King) Kaczmarek left a message on September 27, 2014:

Dear Tara & Family; Mr & Mrs Schlafer & Family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Brad, and couldn't help but recall 2 vivid memories I have of him. The first one was when he was a little freckled face boy at Mt. Olive Lutheran Grade School. I think he was in first grade with my little sister. He ran over to pick up and comfort a crying classmate who had taken a nasty spill on the playground. He was telling the little boy he was going to be ok. The other image was the last time I saw him several years ago. He had his arms around Abby comforting her at Tara's mother's funeral.

It is obvious he was a very compassionate and tenderhearted man who lived his faith every day and loved his family dearly. He cared deeply for others and showed it in the way he cared for his family, counseled his clients, supported Christian education, and championed the Lutheran Vanguard Band. He was devoted to Tara, and I know he will continue to watch over her from heaven as he has always done.

Our hearts go out to you all during this sad time.

Cheryl (King) & Larry Kaczmarek

"Through the dark days and long, what powers will make us strong?

Wherein does courage lie, since all we love must someday die?

When sorrow binds our hands, helpless even the strong man stands.

One master only grief bows to-- and that's Belief.

Faith that we'll someday know, why God has willed it so!" Edgar Guest

Cheryl (King) Kaczmarek left a message on September 27, 2014:

Dear Tara & Family; Mr & Mrs Schlafer & Family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Brad, and couldn't help but recall 2 vivid memories I have of him. The first one was when he was a little freckled face boy at Mt. Olive Lutheran Grade School. I think he was in first grade with my little sister. He ran over to pick up and comfort a crying classmate who had taken a nasty spill on the playground. He was telling the little boy he was going to be ok. The other image was the last time I saw him several years ago. He had his arms around Abby comforting her at Tara's mother's funeral.

It is obvious he was a very compassionate and tenderhearted man who lived his faith every day and loved his family dearly. He cared deeply for others and showed it in the way he cared for his family, counseled his clients, supported Christian education, and championed the Lutheran Vanguard Band. He was devoted to Tara, and I know he will continue to watch over her from heaven as he has always done.

Our hearts go out to you all during this sad time.

Cheryl (King) & Larry Kaczmarek

"Through the dark days and long, what powers will make us strong?

Wherein does courage lie, since all we love must someday die?

When sorrow binds our hands, helpless even the strong man stands.

One master only grief bows to-- and that's Belief.

Faith that we'll someday know, why God has willed it so!" Edgar Guest

Gloria and David Pagel left a message on September 27, 2014:

Tara and family,Dave and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy. We are praying for your comfort that the Lord can give you through His almighty love and guidance.

Gloria and David Pagel left a message on September 27, 2014:

Tara and family,Dave and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy. We are praying for your comfort that the Lord can give you through His almighty love and guidance.

Yvonne Kehl left a message on September 27, 2014:

Everyday in everyway Brad was a gentleman and friend to everyone he met.

Yvonne Kehl left a message on September 27, 2014:

Everyday in everyway Brad was a gentleman and friend to everyone he met.

Tammy Loeck left a message on September 26, 2014:

Family and friends of Brad- from the book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn comes a comforting saying- " Our parting is not the end of our relationship, only an interruption" may God be with us all until we meet again in heaven with Brad and our fellow believers! Praying for peace and comfort only our Savior can give as we share memories of Brad.

Terry Nolan left a message on September 26, 2014:

I\'m saddened. Brad was a great guy. Special condolences to his family. His NAIFA family and friends will miss him.

John Budin left a message on September 26, 2014:

The Budin Family from Sparta is praying for your family. We enjoyed knowing Brad through our time together with AAL. We were very sad to hear of his passing.

John Budin left a message on September 26, 2014:

The Budin Family from Sparta is praying for your family. We enjoyed knowing Brad through our time together with AAL. We were very sad to hear of his passing.

Heather (Haban) Sevier left a message on September 26, 2014:

So sorry to hear of Brad's sudden passing. He brought comfort and security to my mom and dad through his work here on earth. May your family know that he is now in the care and comfort of our Lord.
My deepest sympathy.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Hermi Krueger left a message on September 26, 2014:

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Schlafer family for your loss of Brad. We knew Brad in grade school when he was friends with our son, David Nason. He was a very friendly and nice boy and I know if my David had passed I would be just as heartbroken as your family is. Brad has left his mark with so many people as a child of God who followed our Savior. He has been called to his eternal home where you will all see him again - that is our hope as Christians, and your faith will give you peace as you walk in this sad valley.

Tammy Loeck left a message on September 26, 2014:

Family and friends of Brad- from the book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn comes a comforting saying- " Our parting is not the end of our relationship, only an interruption" may God be with us all until we meet again in heaven with Brad and our fellow believers! Praying for peace and comfort only our Savior can give as we share memories of Brad.

Terry Nolan left a message on September 26, 2014:

I\'m saddened. Brad was a great guy. Special condolences to his family. His NAIFA family and friends will miss him.

Shelly Perks (Trittin) left a message on September 26, 2014:

I was shocked to hear the news of Brad's sudden passing. He will be missed. I worked with Brad many years ago at AAL Capital Management and he was such a joy to be around. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time. God's blessings to Brad and the Schlafer Family.

Shelly Perks (Trittin) left a message on September 26, 2014:

I was shocked to hear the news of Brad's sudden passing. He will be missed. I worked with Brad many years ago at AAL Capital Management and he was such a joy to be around. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time. God's blessings to Brad and the Schlafer Family.

Heather (Haban) Sevier left a message on September 26, 2014:

So sorry to hear of Brad's sudden passing. He brought comfort and security to my mom and dad through his work here on earth. May your family know that he is now in the care and comfort of our Lord.
My deepest sympathy.

Rob Finley left a message on September 26, 2014:

Brad was a great Christian friend, a trusted and high integrity advisor, and a man of the utmost respect. I know his faith was great and he is with our Lord and Savior. I will still miss him greatly. Prayers have been said and will continue to be said for a long time for the family.

Rob Finley left a message on September 26, 2014:

Brad was a great Christian friend, a trusted and high integrity advisor, and a man of the utmost respect. I know his faith was great and he is with our Lord and Savior. I will still miss him greatly. Prayers have been said and will continue to be said for a long time for the family.

Michelle Wichman left a message on September 26, 2014:

Deepest condolences to Brad's family. God bless and give you peace.

Michelle Wichman left a message on September 26, 2014:

Deepest condolences to Brad's family. God bless and give you peace.

Hermi Krueger left a message on September 26, 2014:

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Schlafer family for your loss of Brad. We knew Brad in grade school when he was friends with our son, David Nason. He was a very friendly and nice boy and I know if my David had passed I would be just as heartbroken as your family is. Brad has left his mark with so many people as a child of God who followed our Savior. He has been called to his eternal home where you will all see him again - that is our hope as Christians, and your faith will give you peace as you walk in this sad valley.

Julie left a message on September 25, 2014:

Deeply sorry to hear of Brad's sudden passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to all the family. It was a joy growing up with the Schlaefer family. Though Andy and I were the bothersome youngsters, Brad was such a kind soul. He will be deeply missed. He is with our Savior for all time. Praying for strength and healing for all of you.
Julie & Paul Mattek

Jon Brohn left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad was my NWC classmate and bandmate. I will always remember his smile and laugh! Praying for you Tara and your entire family. Looking forward to a joy-filled reunion in heaven!
“And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” (Psalm 17:15 NIV84).

Mary Stammer George left a message on September 25, 2014:

My deepest condolences Jon & family. May the happy memories of your loved one assist you thru these difficult days.

Mary Stammer George left a message on September 25, 2014:

My deepest condolences Jon & family. May the happy memories of your loved one assist you thru these difficult days.

Margo Colvin left a message on September 25, 2014:

I knew Brad through LILI and NAIFA community. I am shocked about his recent passing. He was a very nice man and passionate about helping people. He will be missed. Margo

Nancy Rezmer left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad was my first insurance instructor. He sure knew how to make a dry course fascinating with intriguing insurance stories to help us remember how to pass the license exams. Some of the tales were better than mystery books. ;-)

My husband Marty and brother-in-law Harry feel blessed that they were able to spend a little bit of time with Brad & Tara on Tuesday. Tara, they really meant it when they said to Brad "If there is anything we can do, please let us know." We are all here for the Schlafer family.

Grace Hennig left a message on September 25, 2014:

Dear Tara and Family,
Shocked and saddened to hear of Brad's (your dad's) sudden passing. He was such a friendly and caring man, and he helped raise a wonderful daughter.

God be with you all, his family, during this difficult time. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Love, The Hennigs

Grace Hennig left a message on September 25, 2014:

Dear Tara and Family,
Shocked and saddened to hear of Brad's (your dad's) sudden passing. He was such a friendly and caring man, and he helped raise a wonderful daughter.

God be with you all, his family, during this difficult time. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Love, The Hennigs

Carrie Laskowski left a message on September 25, 2014:

From Sunday School all the way through high school, Brad was a kind, caring, sweet person. I remember when he gave all of us girls May Day baskets he had made. May God comfort Barb and Phil, Andy, Anna, Tara and the children--all of Brad's family and friends. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks during this difficult time.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Carrie Laskowski left a message on September 25, 2014:

From Sunday School all the way through high school, Brad was a kind, caring, sweet person. I remember when he gave all of us girls May Day baskets he had made. May God comfort Barb and Phil, Andy, Anna, Tara and the children--all of Brad's family and friends. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks during this difficult time.

John Roebke left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad was the most gregarious member of our high school class by far. I thank God that he gave Brad to us and look forward to setting his smiling face again, because Jesus lived his life for us all.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. - Romans 14:8

John Roebke left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad was the most gregarious member of our high school class by far. I thank God that he gave Brad to us and look forward to setting his smiling face again, because Jesus lived his life for us all.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. - Romans 14:8

Paul C. Stratman left a message on September 25, 2014:

Many wonderful memories of Brad from dorm life and music making. Unfortunately, I will be on my way back from a church anniversary and unable to attend the funeral. We face our loss with confidence in the Lord's gracious promises, "I am the resurrection and the life," and "Where I am, there you will be also."

Julie left a message on September 25, 2014:

Deeply sorry to hear of Brad's sudden passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to all the family. It was a joy growing up with the Schlaefer family. Though Andy and I were the bothersome youngsters, Brad was such a kind soul. He will be deeply missed. He is with our Savior for all time. Praying for strength and healing for all of you.
Julie & Paul Mattek

Margo Colvin left a message on September 25, 2014:

I knew Brad through LILI and NAIFA community. I am shocked about his recent passing. He was a very nice man and passionate about helping people. He will be missed. Margo

Rob Reis left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad and I had a short but nice visit last Friday as he attended the Naifa Meeting at Brett Favre's. Although small in physical stature, he was a giant in the way he gave of himself. His clients and this industry were so lucky to have him! I am very saddened at his passing. A real loss for so many.

Curt Wells left a message on September 25, 2014:

I've known Brad for over 11 years through NAIFA. A great, great asset to our industry, NAIFA and the countless others he served in more ways than anyone can list. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He will surely be missed by many. God Bless.

Curt Wells left a message on September 25, 2014:

I've known Brad for over 11 years through NAIFA. A great, great asset to our industry, NAIFA and the countless others he served in more ways than anyone can list. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He will surely be missed by many. God Bless.

Jim Silbernagel left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad will be missed. I met Brad through Naifa and spent several hours with him Saturday really getting to know him. The more I got to know him the more my respect grew. He shared his love of family and the sacrifices he made for a good education. They mirrored the sacrifices he made for Naifa. He always put others first and always shared a positive outlook. I am so happy and blessed to have been able to spend so much time with Brad this past month. My prayers are with all of you.

Jim Silbernagel left a message on September 25, 2014:

Brad will be missed. I met Brad through Naifa and spent several hours with him Saturday really getting to know him. The more I got to know him the more my respect grew. He shared his love of family and the sacrifices he made for a good education. They mirrored the sacrifices he made for Naifa. He always put others first and always shared a positive outlook. I am so happy and blessed to have been able to spend so much time with Brad this past month. My prayers are with all of you.

jeremy Uecker left a message on September 25, 2014:

So Very sorry to hear about this. It was a great pleasure knowing and getting to work with this man through FVL Middle School Band and whatnot. He will be missed.

jeremy Uecker left a message on September 25, 2014:

So Very sorry to hear about this. It was a great pleasure knowing and getting to work with this man through FVL Middle School Band and whatnot. He will be missed.

Bradley Ruh left a message on September 25, 2014:

Met him at a few NAIFA events...even after only meeting this guy a few times, he really seemed to stick in my mind as a great person for our industry and a leader in his community. May God bless those he left behind, and the work he did for all those he touched. My Condolences.

Bradley Ruh left a message on September 25, 2014:

Met him at a few NAIFA events...even after only meeting this guy a few times, he really seemed to stick in my mind as a great person for our industry and a leader in his community. May God bless those he left behind, and the work he did for all those he touched. My Condolences.

Mary Kay Schwarz left a message on September 25, 2014:

Sorry to hear of the passing of Bradley. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family. Brad took care of my IRA Financial affairs. I also have known the family for some time. God Bless You.

Mary Kay Schwarz left a message on September 25, 2014:

Sorry to hear of the passing of Bradley. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family. Brad took care of my IRA Financial affairs. I also have known the family for some time. God Bless You.

Kelly Rowland left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad was such a respected business professional in our community. He was a long time BNI member, which is where I met Brad, and will never forget the impact he had on those who knew him best. Brad truly lived Givers Gain and he will be missed. Rest in peace, Brad.

Debbie K left a message on September 24, 2014:

I am so sorry for your loss - I went to FVL with Brad. He was a very caring individual.

Debbie K left a message on September 24, 2014:

I am so sorry for your loss - I went to FVL with Brad. He was a very caring individual.

The Leiker's left a message on September 24, 2014:

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying you find comfort knowing we are all the fruit of Gods garden and He picks us at exactly the right time. May Gods word, family and friends also comfort you.

Patty and Randy Leiker

The Leiker's left a message on September 24, 2014:

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying you find comfort knowing we are all the fruit of Gods garden and He picks us at exactly the right time. May Gods word, family and friends also comfort you.

Patty and Randy Leiker

Joan Merwin left a message on September 24, 2014:

We will deeply miss Brad at Network Health he was a great man and such a joy to work with. Our deepest sympathies to his family, we all will cherish our time with him.

Harry Dorman left a message on September 24, 2014:

There are no words, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. Brad fought the good fight. He is a lamb of Jesus' flock. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Harry Dorman left a message on September 24, 2014:

There are no words, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. Brad fought the good fight. He is a lamb of Jesus' flock. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Michael T. Smith left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad was an AWESOME guy. Family, faith, friends, his occupation, NAIFA were the important things in his life. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Michael T. Smith left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad was an AWESOME guy. Family, faith, friends, his occupation, NAIFA were the important things in his life. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Rory Kaddatz left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad you will dearly be missed by your friends, family, Vanguard family coworkers and just acquaintances in general. We all are at ease knowing your with our Savior. We all Thank you for the mark you made on our lives whether it was as a Vanguard parent, a friend at church passing on advice or some of the many other great things you have done. Til we meet again my friend
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Tara, John, Josh Abie our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Rory, Karen and True

Wes Schmandt left a message on September 24, 2014:

I was saddened to have heard the news this morning. Brad was a good friend from Northwestern and LVW. It is comforting to know that he believed that Jesus is his savior and that he is now celebrating his new life in heaven. God does keep all of his promises. To the Schlafer family...you are all added to our families prayers. We pray that the Holy Spirit sends comfort in your sudden loss. John 11:25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Wes Schmandt left a message on September 24, 2014:

I was saddened to have heard the news this morning. Brad was a good friend from Northwestern and LVW. It is comforting to know that he believed that Jesus is his savior and that he is now celebrating his new life in heaven. God does keep all of his promises. To the Schlafer family...you are all added to our families prayers. We pray that the Holy Spirit sends comfort in your sudden loss. John 11:25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Angie Guyette left a message on September 24, 2014:

So Sorry to hear of Brad's passing. May the Lord hold you all in his arms. Our prayers are with you and your families.

Angie Guyette left a message on September 24, 2014:

So Sorry to hear of Brad's passing. May the Lord hold you all in his arms. Our prayers are with you and your families.

Timothy Hannagan left a message on September 24, 2014:

Tara, Jon, Josh and Abbie- such a loss!
It's so hard to believe that this wonderful man is gone. Brad was an exceptional person, balanced and fair to all that he met.
His wonderful personality will be missed

Timothy Hannagan left a message on September 24, 2014:

Tara, Jon, Josh and Abbie- such a loss!
It's so hard to believe that this wonderful man is gone. Brad was an exceptional person, balanced and fair to all that he met.
His wonderful personality will be missed

Rory Kaddatz left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad you will dearly be missed by your friends, family, Vanguard family coworkers and just acquaintances in general. We all are at ease knowing your with our Savior. We all Thank you for the mark you made on our lives whether it was as a Vanguard parent, a friend at church passing on advice or some of the many other great things you have done. Til we meet again my friend
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Tara, John, Josh Abie our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Rory, Karen and True

Kelly Rowland left a message on September 24, 2014:

Brad was such a respected business professional in our community. He was a long time BNI member, which is where I met Brad, and will never forget the impact he had on those who knew him best. Brad truly lived Givers Gain and he will be missed. Rest in peace, Brad.

Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
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