Marguerite A. Schmaltz, 89

Mass of Christian Burial for Marguerite A. Schmaltz, 89, of Hettinger, ND was Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger.


Mass of Christian Burial for Marguerite A. Schmaltz, 89, of Hettinger, ND was Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger.  Fr. Stephen Folorunso officiated and burial followed at the Hettinger Cemetery.  Visitations was from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday morning at the Catholic Church.  A Rosary/Vigil will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Tuesday evening.

Marguerite passed from this life of Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger with her family at her side.  She is gone now from this world physically but her love and spirit will remain within the hearts of her family.

Marguerite was born Oc. 12, 1927 in Hettinger to Ernest M. Tatro and Eva G. Clark Tatro in her grandmothers house.  She was the last of 4 children and the only girl, the apple of her Fathers eye.  She attended Hettinger Public School and learned the importance of hard work due to the death of her father.  She worked for a barber’s wife ironing shirts and cleaning; as a waitress at the City Café before school, during the lunch hour, and back to the café after school until she went to work at the Strand Theatre selling tickets until 9 p.m. at which time she went home to do her homework. She also knew how to have fun and loved to dance so much that she rarely missed a barn dance.

At the age of 17 she married the love of her life, Martin Schmaltz on June 28, 1945 and they were blessed with five children. Although she was not Catholic or German, she won her father-in-law’s heart because even though she was a city girl, she quickly learned how to operate all the farm equipment.

For the next 32 years, side by side, they farmed, ranched, and did custom corn cutting.  She worked as hard as a man and still could come in and cook up a storm and go back out to the field working until late at night. She was known for her cooking and ability to whip up a meal like a feast on short notice and invite anyone to join them.

Marguerite remained on the farm after Martin’s death in April 1977, still doing all the bookwork and working in the field.  She never took time for herself until 1986 when she moved off the farmstead and into Hettinger, at which time she took up the hobbies of golf and bowling. It was at this time that she met her special friend George Green who she enjoyed traveling and playing hours of Cribbage and King’s Corner with. They had a special bond until his death in January 2016.

Even after moving to town, she could not give up the love of driving a tractor; and so could be seen mowing her lawn on her John Deere mower, watering her grass and enjoying the country view outside her kitchen window up until she turned 88 years old. Shortly before her 89th birthday, she moved into the Assisted Living in Hettinger where she quickly won the hearts of her caregivers.

Marguerite taught her grandchildren how to bowl, golf, cook, and play cards (which they always won at). She loved taking time to attend as many of her grandchildren’s events as possible such as Grandparent’s Day, music and athletic events, of which she was their biggest fan.  Marguerite ‘s legacy lives on by her teaching her family the importance of hard work, valuing your family, and giving of yourself without expecting anything in return. She believed strongly in not expecting something for nothing and where there was a will there was a way.

Marguerite leaves behind four children:  Anita (Ron) Lindquist,  Bismarck, ND;  Michael (Patricia) Schmaltz, Hettinger, ND;  DeAnn (Dennis) Steckler, Menoken, ND  and Cheryl (Mark) Schmidt, Bismarck, ND;  a son-in-law Charley (Jane) Reisenauer, Hettinger, ND.  Thirteen grandchildren; Scott (Natalie) Reisenauer, Brent Reisenauer, Justin(Ali) Reisenauer, Joshua(DelRae) Reisenauer, Tyler (Ashley) Reisenauer, Ashley Nelson, Darren (Randi) Schmaltz, Jared (Nicole) Schmaltz, Alisha (Jared) Eggebo, Breann Schmaltz, Aaron (Kristyn) Steckler, Jennifer Rose Steckler, MiKayla  and Austin Schmidt.  Ten great grandchildren; Brian and Daniel Reisenauer, Kate Reisenauer, Ethan and Aleiya Reisenauer, CharliRae Reisenauer, Emmett Schmaltz, Milo Schmaltz, Kynslee and Kyson Steckler.  One brother-in-law Wendlin Schmaltz, cousins Gladys Bodah and India Graves, numerous nieces and nephews, and her special friend and coffee partner Shirley Smolnikar.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Martin, her daughter Cathleen Reisenauer, her parents Ernest and Eva Tatro, three brothers Donald (Rose) Tatro, LeRoy (Alice) Tatro, Harry (Marty) Tatro,  many brother and sister-in-laws, several nieces and nephews, and her dear friend George Green.

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