Magdaline Schafer, 94, Mandan, passed away Jan. 14, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at Miller Pointe, Mandan.
Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Josh Waltz as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Maggie was born May 25, 1924, to Christ and Clementine (Barnhardt) Geiger in Crown Butte. Maggie was raised on her family farm in Oliver County. Growing up as a farm girl instilled a work ethic in Maggie that was to be admired. She was educated in a little country school near Crown Butte. She met John H. Schafer, the love of her life, after moving to Mandan as a young woman. They were married Nov. 11, 1946.
Maggie worked at Cloverdale Foods on Main Street in Mandan, then at Bill's Super Valu in the meat department until her retirement.
She enjoyed being around family and friends, especially entertaining and preparing food for family events. Her German potato salad and prized meatballs were recipes most asked for as well as her knoephla soup. She will be remembered by many as they dry dishes with the dishtowels she so lovingly embroidered and gave as gifts. Gardening, crocheting and crafting of many kinds kept her busy, and a good game of pinochle or gin rummy with her sisters and brothers was played weekly.
Maggie was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters and St. Joseph Catholic Church. She had a deep faith and we rejoice with her as she enters the gates of heaven.
She will be deeply missed by all, especially her by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Maggie is survived by two sons, Larry (Connie) Schafer and Dennis (Jolene) Schafer, and one daughter, Karen (Don) Nuss, all of Mandan; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Fran) Geiger; sister, Justine Fleck, Tacoma, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Cecilia Geiger and Ellen Schafer; brother-in-law, Clem (Betty) Schafer; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; three brothers, Frank, Matt and Jerome; three sisters, Beada, Rose and Ann.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guest book and share memories with Maggie’s family.