Elizabeth Rosella (Merck) Schaan, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died at age 89, due to complications with cancer, peacefully at her home in Langdon, N.D., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, surrounded by her family, and longtime husband, Vincent M. Schaan.
Elizabeth "Betty" was born on July 12, 1923, south of Karlsruhe, N.D., to Felix and Mary (Meyer) Merck. Her siblings included Johanna (Merck) Sattler, Catherine (Merck) Duchscherer, John Merck, Mary (Merck) Jose, Regina (Merck) Kahoutek, Joseph, Alex, Bill and Leo Merck.
Betty and Vincent M. Schaan were married on May 21, 1945, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Balta, N.D. They lived the majority of their married lives there, where Vincent owned the grocery store and Betty primarily worked as a teacher's aide at Balta High School. Betty's passions were her family, music, especially listening to her kids sing in various weddings and events, her faith, her garden, and her friends. Betty was quick to laugh, loved a good story and always had the right words to cheer up her husband and her kids and several grandkids. In retirement, Betty followed the lives of her kids and grandkids, and loved a good game of Bingo while socializing with friends.
In the latter portion of their life together, Vince and Betty moved to Langdon but they never forgot their friends and the home they had made in Balta.
Betty is survived by: her husband, Vincent M. Schaan, of Langdon; children, Roland Schaan, Richard C. and Sandy (Peterson) Schaan, of Langdon, Romaine Schaan, of Rolla, N.D., Reynold M. Schaan and Debra (Plesuk) Schaan, of Fargo, N.D., Charlotte (Brandt) Schaan and David Brandt, of Rugby, N.D., Randall Schaan, of Langdon, Robert Schaan, of Langdon, Vincent L. Schaan and Darcy (Eslinger) Schaan, Grafton, ND; Kenneth J. Schaan and ManaRae (Mayer) Schaan, of Oakdale, Minn.; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by: her daughter, Collette; siblings, Johanna (Merck) Sattler; Catherine (Merck) Duschscherer; John Merck; Mary (Merck) Jose; and Alex Merck.
Funeral: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church of Langdon.
Interment: Wednesday, Sept. 19, at noon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery of Balta.
Rosary: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church of Langdon.
Prayer service: 7 p.m. Monday, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church of Langdon.
(Brooks Funeral Home, Langdon)