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Funeral Service For Former Maryland Governor Schaefer

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Kweisi Mfume had a very contentious relationship with Schaefer at first. As a Baltimore Council member, Mfume frequently clashed with the strong-willed mayor.

Slowly that changed, with Mfume saying they had their first civil conversation in seven years in 1986, when Schaefer was preparing to be governor, and Mfume was heading to Congress.

"And we both agreed that if didn't work, at least no one would ever see us meeting there, could ever think that we were friends," Mfume said.

Mfume visited Schaefer often in his declining years, trying to reach him by phone the night before he died.

Longtime aide Lainey Lebow-Sachs was with Schaefer when he passed away. She recounted how as mayor, Schaefer would personally visit those who wrote him letters critical of his job performance.

"Later as governor, he had to rely on the power of pen, which could get him into trouble," Lebow-Sachs said, "like the one that began with, 'Dear Mrs. Blank, I hope you're feeling better after your lobotomy.' And that was mild."

Schaefer was buried in a mausoluem in Timonium.


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