Christ C. Schaff, 87, of Mandan, passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Bismarck on Jan. 18, 2019.
Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 23 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Christ was born May 27, 1931, to Christ and Antonia Schaff in Bismarck. He was raised on a farm near Solen and graduated high school from the Assumption Abbey in Richardton in 1951.
Christ then began work at Cloverdale Foods in Mandan, where he met his wife, Elenora. Christ and Elenora were married on June 17, 1952, in Flasher. He continued to work at Cloverdale until 1976. Christ worked at Cass Clay in Mandan until 1988, when he retired at the age of 57.
Christ and Elenora lived in Mandan all their married lives. He was well known in the area for his accordion music and his band, The Collins Avenue Kings. He had his band for 35 years and could be seen playing at weddings and local establishments.
After retiring, Christ and Elenora loved to go out dancing. He also loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and many friends. Over the years, they were involved with various social groups.
Christ and Elenora became snowbirds in 1993, and wintered at Happy Trails Resort in Surprise, Ariz. When they returned in the spring, they would spend their summer months camping with family and friends near Lake Sakakawea.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Elenora, Mandan; daughter, Bernetta (Jim), Glendive, Mont.; sons, Rick (Jane), Elk River, Minn., Arnie (Connie), Greeley, Colo., and Gene (Renee), Maple Grove, Minn.; sister, Katherine Combs, Bismarck; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Christ is preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Irene Schafer, Flasher; siblings, Frank, Steve, Helen, Pete, Margaret, Peggy, Ida and Philip; and an infant daughter.
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