Barbara Schaff, 94, of Bowman, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman. Mass of Christian Burial was on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church. Fr. Paul Eberle celebrated the Mass with burial to follow in the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Bowman. There was a Rosary and Vigil Service on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at the St. Charles Catholic Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Barbara was born to Rapheal and Rose (Hegel) Daum who immigrated to the U.S. from (Odessa) Ukraine, Russia. They arrived in Dickinson, by train from New York on March 10, 1908. They lived near New England for 19 years, where Barbara, the 13th of 16 children, was born on Sept. 30, 1922. In 1927, at the age of five, her family moved to Edgar, Mont. where they worked sugar beets in the Fromberg, Silesia, and Edgar area. When Barbara was eight years old, her father passed away.
A few years later, her mother remarried and they moved back to the New England area, along with the younger children in the family. Barbara met Tony Schaff from Bowman and they were married on June 17, 1942. They made their home in Bowman and were blessed with eight children: Dennis, Bob, Terry, Jerry (who passed away as an infant, shortly after birth), John, Connie, Bruce, and Patty. Barbara, in addition to caring for her family, cleaned homes, chickens and pheasants for people, babysat for others, worked at the New Park Hotel and 4U Motel, and at St. Luke’s Hospital from where she retired at age 65, in 1987. In her younger years, she gardened and made many canned goods. She kept us well fed with her garden and her many versions of German meals. Almost every week, she made fresh cinnamon & caramel rolls, pies or kuchen; and always tried to keep cookies in the canister. Mom loved to sing and dance, had a beautiful voice, and would often sing while she was cooking or working. Mom taught herself to crochet and spent many evenings making crocheted items, including doilies, potholders, and afghans (one or more for all of her children and for some of her grandchildren). She also attended her children’s activities and many sporting events. She loved being outside and was often seen raking all of her leaves in the fall. Upon retiring, Mom was able to travel with her children to various places around the US, but her most memorable and fascinating trip was to Rome, Italy, gifted to her by her oldest grandson, Thomas. Also, during her retirement years, she enjoyed gardening with her neighbor, visiting with friends, taking long walks, and when she wasn’t doing one of those activities, she was watching TV, playing solitaire, and most often, putting puzzles together. Mom didn’t need much to be happy. She lived a Christian life, loved her family, and was content with the smaller things in life. In her younger years, Mom was a Cub Scout Den Mother, volunteered at the nursing home. She has always been a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and/or Circle. Mom lived in her home in Bowman until October of 2010. At age 88, she moved to Pleasant Manor for three years. From there, she moved into the Southwest Long Term Care in October of 2013 at age 91, where she spent the remainder of her years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony (in December, 1986), her parents, all of her 15 brothers and sisters, an infant son, Jerry, and her grandsons, Thomas and Todd. Loved ones remaining are her children, Dennis (Donna) Schaff, Scranton; Bob (Deanna) Schaff, Casper, Wyoming; Terry (Penny) Schaff, Englewood, Colo.; John (Patti)Schaff, Centennial, Colo.; Connie (Sherman) Riedlinger, Williston; Bruce (Gelene) Schaff, Denver, Colo.; and Patty Schaff, LaJunta, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Tanya, Thane, Monte, Dean, Jennifer, Kathi, Andy, Ashli, Alexi, and Kayla; 13 great grandchildren, three great step-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and one great-great step-grandchild. The family would like to thank the staff at the Southwest Long Term Care for taking good care of Mom during her final years. When asked how she was doing, Mom always replied, “I’m fine! They take good care of me.”