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Gerald J. Schaefer


Gerald J. Schaefer draws from his extensive 26 year career experience in managing people and his personal experience with loss, to guide others through grief with the completion of his book, The Widower’s Toolbox.   His seasoned career in large capital project management for a Fortune 18 consumer products company and a major power utility company, gives him the skills and knowledge to coach people through difficult times to be at their best.  He has led all phases of multi-million dollar projects from authoring executive summaries and technical literature through construction and start up management of large and diverse work teams.  Gerald is a degreed Chemical Engineer from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has also written another self-help book entitled Professional Home Construction Management which teaches the readers how they can save thousands of dollars by acting as their own general contractor when building a custom home.

Gerald is certified by the American Society of Quality at the highest level in quality management philosophies and tools and owned a consulting business in improving business metrics performance.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Association, Fearless Freelances Writers Guild, Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society, active in the Boy Scouts of America, and lives with his two sons in Green Bay, WI.

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Tom Bekkers - MSW, ACSW


Tom Bekkers - MSW, APSW, has over 20 years experience in professional counseling relating to patients and family members faced with the challenges of a variety of health situations, lifestyle adjustment issues, death and grief.  He has been employed at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI since 1989 in a variety of clinical social work environments.  He became a licensed psychotherapist/Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW) in his continued commitment towards healing – most notably in the hospital’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Since 1990, he has facilitated the “Understanding Grief” group for those who have lost a loved one. He has also facilitated the “Taking Time” Cancer Support Group since 1990, for patients and family members attempting to cope with the many challenges associated with cancer.  Tom received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Marquette University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Tom’s education and extensive clinical experience have provided him with the insight needed to guide men in their life’s journey after losing their spouse. His expertise in The Widower’s Toolbox: Repair Your Life After Losing Your Spouse will enhance the reader’s understanding of healing of their own grief.

He is married to his wife, Patty and they live with their 2 daughters in Denmark, Wisconsin. Tom enjoys camping, gardening and being involved in a number of church activities.            

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