Maggie M. Schaaf, 88, of Bowman, ND, passed away on November 13, 2018 at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Wake Service on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the St. Charles Catholic Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Magdalena “Maggie” (Heiser) Schaaf was born on March 26th, 1930 in Fryburg, North Dakota to Frank and Lena Heiser. She attended, and also graduated, from Fryburg High School. Maggie was a person who enjoyed the outdoors and she spent many hours “roaming” the badlands with her siblings. This continued until a young sailor caught her eye. Maggie and Clem Schaaf were married on May 17th, 1949 in Belfield, North Dakota. After getting married, Maggie and Clem moved to their farm in Bowman, North Dakota. Farming became their lives. Over the years they had six children; Rodney, Robert, Betty, Richard, Marie (who died at birth) and Randy. At the time of Clem’s passing in July of 2015, they had been married for 66 years. “Family” was always the #1 priority in Maggie’s life. At the time of her passing, Maggie was a proud Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great Great-Grandmother. As a young person, Maggie was a very accomplished artist. Her “charcoal drawings” of rodeo scenes were absolutely amazing. As she went through life, she became a “jack of all trades”. She was a fantastic mom and a very efficient “farm hand”. She could always be counted on to help with farm chores while towing along a kid, or numerous kids! One of Maggie’s favorite things in life, aside from her family, was her love for “playing cards”! In her younger days, she was always willing to participate in the neighborhood Pinochle parties that were held on a regular basis. There was an unwritten rule in the Schaaf house – “If you come to visit, you should expect to play cards”! In her later years, you could count on Maggie always “attempting to beat Clem at Uno and/or Skip-Bo”. She would not take kindly to losing a game of cards. It was common to hear her suggest that her opponents “must have looked at her cards”. That was always followed by a laugh and head-shake! The Grand-kids always had stories to tell about “playing cards with Gramma and Grampa”! After Clem’s passing, Maggie remained on the farm for as long as she was physically able to. She loved nothing better than sitting on her front deck, observing nature and listening to the sound of the wind! She could tell you about every single bird and/or animal that was within her eye-sight! Unfortunately, her health began failing and she needed to move to the Southwest Healthcare Facility in Bowman. This was where she lived-out the last days of her life. Speaking on behalf of my siblings, our favorite times and memories always revolved around “coming home to Bowman for a visit”. Mom (and dad) may not be there anymore but they’ll always be there in our hearts! Rest in peace, Mom. Your love has “gifted” us the lives we’ve enjoyed for so long. Your family loves you and thanks you!! Lastly, I am certain that the “Uno and Skip-Bo” games have already begun in Heaven.
Maggie is survived by her children Rodney (Maggie) and Robert of Bowman, Betty (Larry) of Gillette, WY, Richard (Jan) of Mandan, and Randy (Lisa) of Mead, CO, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Maggie is also survived by her sisters Eva Howard, Emma Steinmetz, Rose Heiser, and her brothers Robert (Pat) Heiser and Frank (Leona) Heiser
She was preceded in death by her parents (Frank and Lena), her husband Clem, daughter Marie, and her sisters Marion Machnicki and Viola Schaff. The Schaaf family would like to thank all those who helped to care for Mom during her final journey.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.