Obituary: Matilda Opal Schaff

Matilda Opal Schaff, passed away Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center. She had just celebrated her 95th birthday, February 17. [image: Inline image 1] Born in 1921 in Havelock, North Dakota, she was the twelfth of sixteen children born to Raphael and Rose (Hegal) Daum who had immigrated to the US from Ukraine, Russia. At the age of six the farming family moved to Edgar, MT where they worked sugar beets in the Fromberg, Silicia and Edgar area. In 1939, Matilda married Victor George Schaff in Bowman, ND. They moved to Laurel, MT in 1944 and to Thermopolis, WY in 1946. Matilda, in addition to caring for her family, cleaned homes, worked at Mills Cleaners & Laundry and worked at the Senior Citizens in the kitchen.. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and was active on the Council of Catholic Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, parents, daughter, Peggy Shaffer, and grandson, Kyle. Loved ones remaining are her daughters, Bernadine (Bob) Blacketer, Thermopolis, and Carole (Lee) Martinez, Kaycee, WY; ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, seven great, great grandchildren, and sister, Barbara of Bowman, ND. A private Memorial will be Friday, March 4 at St. Francis Church with Father Hugo Blotsky, O.S.B. officiating. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery. A Parish Vigil will be Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Church, P.O. Box 272 or Sr. Citizens Center, 206 Sr.Ave., Thermopolis, 82443. #springcity #news