Mark Albert Schaaf

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nov. 22, 1914 - Sept. 19, 2007

Mark Albert Schaaf died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 92 years old.

Mark was born on Nov. 22, 1914, at Columbus, to Albert Jacob and Rose (Vanderheiden) Schaaf. He graduated from Kearney High School in 1933. He continued his education at Alexian Brothers in Chicago, Ill., graduating with a registered nurse anesthetist degree.

Mark entered the U.S. Navy on Nov. 2, 1942. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 7, 1952, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He continued to serve in the Reserves. .

Mark met Freda Sarah Hutchings while he was stationed in England. They were married on Feb. 6, 1950, in McCook. To this union four children were born. They lived in McCook until 1967, at which time they moved to Gallup, N.M. Mark was employed as a nurse anesthetist for many years. He retired in 1987. After Freda's death in 1993, Mark returned to McCook one year later.

Mark was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Fourth Degree Knight's of Columbus. His church, family and friends were very important to him and he loved socializing with people. He loved going to his farm and spending time with his many animals and gardening.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Albert and Rose Schaaf; one brother, Myron Schaaf; and two sisters, Angela Budig and Thelma Meyer.

Survivors include his two sons, John Schaaf and wife, Suzanne, of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Michael Schaaf of Gallup, N.M.; two daughters, Hendrika and husband, Richard Winn of Albuquerque, N.M., and Sarah Schaaf of McCook; two sisters, Rita Woods of Kearney and Mary Forgue of McCook; four grandchildren, Elizabeth (James) Baumgardner, Michelle (Troy) Fulgham, David Schaaf and Angelica (Kevin) Rayl; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation is today until 5 p.m. and Friday until time of rosary. Friends may go online at to extend condolences.

Rosary will be Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Gary Brethour officiating.

A private family inurnment will be Monday at Calvary Cemetery.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.