Mandan News

Obituaries June 13, 2014

Florence Schaaf
D O photo croppedFlorence H. Schaaf, 89, Mandan, died June 8, 2014, at Sanford of Collins in Mandan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Florence was born on April 7, 1925, to Peter and Florence (Erhardt) Markel at Judson. As a young woman, she moved with her family to a farm near the Crown Butte area, and later moved to the St. Anthony rural area. Florence, being one of the older children, she took on the many responsibilities of family life on the farm.

She, and Jack R. Schaaf, were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1945, at St. Anthony. After their marriage, they lived on the family farm where they farmed with Jack’s parents. Then in 1952, she and Jack moved to Mandan where they lived until the present.

Florence learned at an early age the task of creating a home for her family. She enjoyed social events with friends and family. Always a highpoint were extended family gatherings, which included many German recipes. She appreciated nature, spending many hours in her garden and canning the produce for meals. She was fond of old-time music and especially dancing to the polkas waltz’s and playing cards. Several trips, whether by air, train or auto, to Seattle and Tacoma to visit family were an adventure she loved. This woman of kindness and hospitality, sprinkled with a sense of humor and a strong faith, will be cherished by all who knew her She will continue to be a special memory to her family.

Blessed to have shared her life are her husband, Jack; daughters, Rosemary Beer, Sue (Ken) Zander; Sons, Ben L., Ron (Vicky), Jack (Maralyn), Tom Carol all of Mandan; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; brothers, Constantine (Liz), Steve (Kay), sisters-in-law Clara and Louise Markel all of Mandan.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ann Hamann, Katherine(Ed) and Minnie (Leonard) Bullinger, brothers, Ignatius, Pete (Maggie), John (Grace), Joe (Maggie), Clemens.
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Betty Starck
D O Photo obituaryBetty Starck, 77, New Salem, died from injuries sustained in a single car automobile accident on June 4, 2014.

A funeral service was held on June 9, at Peace Lutheran Church, New Salem, with the Rev. Joshua Eddy officiating. Burial was at Peace Cemetery.

Betty Lorraine Kuehn was born Jan. 27, 1937, to Carl and Martha (Harmel) Kuehn in Richardton. She and her four siblings grew up in Hebron. In the fall of 1944, the family moved to a ranch west of Washburn, along the Missouri River. There, her father raised Herford cattle in a large feedlot operation.

She attended a small country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Riverdale High School in 1956. She was confirmed in the Berka Country Church, where her family attended. Upon graduation, Betty served as a missionary for the Lutheran Church. Following her work for the church, she attended Minot College where she received a teaching degree. She was started her teaching career in Halliday, at the Twin Buttes School.

In 1962, she continued her teaching journey by moving to New Salem where she met the love of her life, Lynn Starck. They were married on June 25, 1964, at Peace Church. Betty continued to teach until 1968, when Darin, their first son, was born. In 1971, they welcomed a second son, Mark. Once Mark graduated, she continued her work with children by being a nanny in their rural neighborhood, 19 miles southeast of New Salem, where she lived until her death. She was an active member of Peace Church and their Women’s Guild. She was an avid gardener, but the true light of her life was her two boys, her grandchildren, and great granddaughter.

Blessed to share almost 50 years was her husband, Lynn Starck, New Salem; two sons, Darin (Donna) Starck, Mandan and Mark (Robin) Starck, Bismarck; four grandchildren, Brad (Katelyn) Starck, Tioga, Nicole (Seb) Jacobs, Solen, and Haley and Wyatt Starck, Bismarck; one great granddaughter, Bailey Jacobs; one sister, Beverly (Byron) Zingg, McClusky; sister-in-laws, Eloise Kuehn, Minn., Diane (Dan) Abraham, Colo., Lavonne Starck, Colo., and Betty Fett, Fargo; many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Esther Kuehn; two brothers, Melvin and Donald; one sister, Elaine; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Kuehn.

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