Carl Schaan, age 92, of Minot, and formerly of Balta and Rugby, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Trinity Homes of Minot.
Carl was born Jan. 9, 1922, in the rural Balta home of his parents, Valentine and Rosa (Schiele) Schaan, where he was reared and received his education. At an early age, he learned to handle a team of horses by himself and was always proud of that time. Following his schooling, Carl worked and farmed with his father. He was united in marriage to Lois Monger on June 3, 1944. The couple made their home, farmed and reared their children on their farm near Balta. He greatly enjoyed the fieldwork, making hay, tending the cattle and took great pride in keeping the machinery in excellent repair, the crops and tack. Although Carl and Lois left the farm in August 1981 and moved to Rugby, he continued to farm many more years. In March 2011, the couple moved to Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Minot.
He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #4136, the John F. Kennedy #0786 Assembly of the 4th Degree, the Harvey and Rugby Eagles Aeries, the Balta Wildlife Club and was active in the communities he lived in. While living in the Balta area, the couple were members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Carl loved to play cards, enjoyed dancing for as long as he could, wintering in Arizona for many years and traveling and sightseeing with Lois.
Carl is survived by: his wife of nearly 70 years, Lois; two sons, Richard (Cindy) of Rugby and Wayne (Ellie) of Minot; three daughters, Carol Anderson of Minot, Ruth (Wayne) Thiel of Rugby and Cindy (Mike) Rubin of Rochester, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Martha (Daryl) Schlichenmayer of Las Vegas, Nev., Christine Bertsch and Helen Klein, both of Fargo, and Bernie (John) Duchscher of Rugby; sister-in-law, Lugard Schaan of Las Vegas; brothers-in-law, Edward Senger of Harvey and Alan Morrisey of Phoenix, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: one son, James; two grandsons; twin great-granddaughters; a son-in-law, Curt Anderson; four brothers, Phillip, Frank, Leo and John; two sisters, Julia Senger and Dorothy Morrisey; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, celebrant, and Msgr. Joseph Senger, concelebrant.
Visitation will be held today, Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church.
Rosary and vigil prayers will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday in the funeral home.
Organist: Glenda Mack and vocal leader/cantor: Robert Graber.
Honor Guard: The John F. Kennedy #0786 Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus
Casket bearers: Grandsons, Jon, Tom and Tim Anderson, Carl J., Levi, Ryan and Richard A. Schaan, Scott, Bryan and Mark Thiel and John Rubin.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).