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“Marilyn was a kind and gentle person. So sorry to hear about her death. Thinking of you and your family. ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Brenda Kraft - Mobridge, SD

“I still fondly remember riding horses out at your place in Linton when we were kids. We didn't know how to ride well but you gently suggested how to...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Malsam - Bay Shore, NY

“Trina I am very sad to hear about your mother's death. You do not know me. But my family and her family were neighbors on the farm. So we saw...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Angie Silbernagel bushy - FL

“Trina I am very sad to hear about your mother's death. You do not know me. But my family and her family were neighbors on the farm. So we saw...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Angie Silbernagel bushy - FL

“Ervin, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Marilyn. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and all the family. May the wonderful...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Anita Thomas - Missoula, MT

“Sorry to hear about the death of Marilyn. Our prayer to Ervin and family. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Tim & Charlotte Kvale - Lemmon, SD

“We are sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing while we are in Portugal/Spain. We certainly would attend her mass and burial if able to, but we won't be...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Tim and Doreen Bumb - Mandan, ND

“May the peace of God be with you and your families at this time of sorrow. Marilyn was such a kind and gentle spirit. What a wonderful lady,...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Renee Shelstad (Hlebichuk) - MN

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your mother. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Chris Cleveland - Wilton, ND

“Ervin, Cody, Trina and boys, We were saddened this morning to read of Marilyn's passing. Many fond memories will remain with us. We think of...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Bob and Jan Quickstad - Whitewood, SD

“My heart aches for you all, but it is Shari Pazie said "She has gone before us." We will see Marilyn again. I can remember running into her and...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Myra Niederman Borchert - Carson, ND

“Marlyn was our kids teacher and the word sweet fits her so well as does patient, caring and loving. She was a member of our church in Morristown too...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Dan and gloria Maher - Morristown, SD

“We are saddened to hear the news that you have lost Marilyn but she has only gone ahead of us to greet us when it is our turn to experience eternal...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Don & Shari Pazie - Morristown, SD

“Ervin, Cody and Trina, I have a lot of memories of your mom, especially as she would prepare supper when we would come over to visit. She always...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Tanya (Miller) White - Rapid City, SD

“Marilyn (Mrs. Schaaf) was my 1st Grade teacher in the one room school house in Morristown. Always remember her smile. Never a day did she not have...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Branden Maher - Suffolk, VA

“My heart goes out to Marilyn's family. Her dedication to education and children was great. Mrs. Schaff was my 1st & 2nd grade teacher in Morristown...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Shawn (Heinitz) Mistelski - ND

“Ervin, Cody and Trina and family So sorry for your loss. Marilyn was such a sweet and kind person and I have so many wonderful memories of her as a...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Julie (Pazie) Donner - Yankton, SD

“such a special person Ill always remember our horsesales and how special every horse was to her and all the LOVE she had for family and freinds...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Judy Maher @ Ed Maher - SD

“I remember when Mrs. Schaaf taught me. She strongly encouraged me to be the best I could be. I went to school with Trina and Ervin was my bus...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Nichole - Sioux Falls, SD

“It brings tears to my eyes hearing everyones memories of her. About her always smiling and being a patient, caring, compassionate lady. Even when she...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Trina - Belfield, ND - Mother

“Dear Schaaf Family: We are so sorry to hear of Marilyn's death. She was such a kind person and our children (students in McIntosh school) thought...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Roger & Joan Bauer - McIntosh, SD

“Ervin and family, We are sorry to hear about you are in our thoughts and prayers. Fred and Karen ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Karen Beer - Lemmon, SD - friend

“Sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. To Ervin & family, as hard as it is to lose Marilyn, may you have peace knowing she is in a better place. I knew...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Jayne Huber - McIntosh, SD

“I have very fond memories of Marilyn from school days when Trina and Laura were in the same class. She was always pleasant, kind and so very nice to...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: gary and Eleanor Merkel - watauga, SD


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Marilyn Schaaf, age 68 of Elgin, formerly of Morristown, passed away on Saturday evening, February 9, 2013 at the Marian Manor Healthcare Center in Glen Ullin, ND.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn will be held at 10:00am CST on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glen Ullin, ND. Fr. Jeff Zwack and Fr Charles Zins will officiate with burial in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery at Glen Ullin.
The Family will be present at the visitaton on Friday evening from 5:30pm CST 7:00pm CST at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glen Ullin. The Rosary/Wake Service will begin at 7:00PM CST.


Serving as casketbearers are Dan Materi, Jackie Materi Sipols, Shawnna Jorae, Josh Higgins, Antonia Goetz, and Sherry Schumacher. All friends and family are considered Honorary Bearers.


A memorial has been established.

Marilyn Rose Materi was born in Linton, North Dakota on July 10, 1944 to Leo and Melonia "Mollie" (Malsom) Materi and grew up on their family farm located west of Linton. Later, she graduated from Linton High School and received a teaching degree from Mary College. After attending college, Marilyn met the love of her life and later married Ervin Schaaf on November 16, 1973.

Marilyn loved children and showed her love by dedicating her career to teaching in elementary education. She taught at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Mandan, ND until Ervin and Marilyn moved to a ranch located a few miles south of Morristown, SD in 1974 where they farmed and raised horses. During the years in South Dakota, Marilyn taught at the Morristown school until it closed. Then Marilyn taught first grade and special needs children at McIntosh, SD where she retired in 2004. Ervin and Marilyn moved to a small ranch near Elgin, ND in the summer of 2007.

Marilyn had special gifts of gardening, baking and cooking. Her kitchen was often filled with the aroma of home cooked German meals. Free time was spent with friends, family or western activities with her horses where Marilyn especially loved to attend horse sales, trail rides, rodeos or horse shows.

Marilyn was called to heaven on February 9, 2013.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Ervin Schaaf of 39 years; son, Cody (Keri Hauser) of Mandan, ND; daughter, Trina (DJ Lapp) of Belfield, ND; one greatly adored granddaughter, Cadence; her brother, Leroy (Karlene) Materi, Linton, ND; one sister, Mickey (Don) Higgins, Black Hawk, SD; brother-in-law, Phil Miller, Huntsville, TX; step-sons, Tim Schaaf, Scott (Michele) Schaaf, Jeff Schaaf, Mark Schaaf, all of Mandan,ND; step-daughters, Connie (Brian) Kitzan, Hebron, ND; Catherine (Wally) Franklund, Northville, MN; Corrine (Joe) Chapinski, Deadwood, SD; seven step-grandchildren, Kelsey, Jarrett, Jayden, Jasmine, Jeremy, Victor, and Casey, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathy Miller.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.funeralhomesofcaring.com.