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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Tuesday March 18th, 2014
3:00pm - 5:30pm

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St. George Catholic Church
Wednesday March 19th, 2014

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Margene A. Schaefer

Fr. Randy Phillips
Organist ~ Georgianne Pravecek
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Servant's Song"
Margene’s Granddaughters
Dennis Kronaizl
Margene’s Grandchildren
and Daycare Kids
Connor Chambers
Brayden Schaefer
Mark Hento
Jon Hento
Chad Herrboldt
Kraig Kronaizl
Margene Ann Novak was born on January 10, 1947, to Louis & Evangeline Novak. She graduated from Scotland High School in 1965. That same year she met the love of her life, Nilus Schaefer, while attending Mount Marty College in Yankton. They were married on December 27, 1966, and had 3 children: Todd (1968), Tracy (1970) and David (1975). They lived in Omaha, NE, and Keokuk, IA, before returning to Scotland to raise their family.
Margene’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her greatest legacy is the many lives she touched as a daycare provider for 35-plus years. She became a second mother, grandmother, teacher, friend, and caregiver to countless people who still kept in touch with her.
Margene’s favorite pastimes include gardening, sewing and quilting, reading, and trying new recipes for special celebrations and get-togethers. She also loved camping with Nilus, friends and family, every weekend from May through September. Margene and Nilus loved to travel, and tried to go on one big trip every year. They especially enjoyed going on cruises and bus tours.
Margene was preceded in death by her parents, Evangeline and Louis Novak. She is survived by her husband, Nilus Schaefer of Scotland, SD; her sister, Agnes (LeRoy) Winckler of Spray, OR; three children: Todd (Kayleen) Schaefer of Saginaw, TX, Tracy (Wes) Chambers of Yankton, SD, and David (Lisa) Schaefer of Dell Rapids, SD; nine grandchildren: Savannah, Connor, Audrey, Brayden, Emily, Isabella, Emma, Caitlyn and Lauren; and many nieces and nephews.
Gifts in Margene’s memory may be given to the American Cancer Society to benefit leukemia patients.

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God Bless you and your family at the time of your loss. I didn't know Margene and her family that well, but went to school with sister Agnes, now married to my cousin Leroy. I pray God will wrap you in His arms and comfort you all. Take comfort in knowing she is now walking with our Lord, Jesus in heaven.

Arnold &Dorothy(Deutscher) Ploen Mar 20 2014 8:10 PM

Lisa and Dave and the rest of Margene's family. I'm sorry this condolence is a bit late, but I have been thinking of you all these past difficult days. It is so hard to let go of someone who is so vibrant and full of life that is taken from us in such a manner so hard and so soon. I hope you and your family are comforted in knowing how much she was loved and how many lives she touched and that is some small comfort during this very difficult time.

Nicole Seefeldt Mar 20 2014 8:02 PM

Nilus, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray for God's peace and blessings in this difficult time.

Larry L Oliver, DC Mar 19 2014 11:00 PM

Dear Schaefer Family, I offer my condolences on the loss of your mom, wife, grandma, caregiver and everything else she was to those around her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. -Chuck

Chuck Richter, Jr. Mar 19 2014 6:32 PM

Nil us and family, I was just telling a story of our elementary days to my kids...We made colored fans at school, with crayon and then went door to door down the street to sell them and make a nickel to spend on a candy bar. She was a dear friend, and my heart and prayers are with you.

Mary Ellen Mayer Mar 18 2014 10:52 PM

Nilus & family, we extend our most sincere sympathies. We had just heard about Margene's illness just recently. We have prayed for her, and are now praying for your strength and God's comfort. I have listed you all on the prayer board with the Sisters at Sacred Heart Monastery. I'm sorry that we are unable to attend services, but know that we are with you in spirit and prayer. Ken (son of Frank H. & Tillie Varilek)

Ken & Jeanne Varilek Mar 18 2014 9:10 PM

Nilus and family, We extend to you our sympathy on Margene's passing. May God's love surround you as you adjust to life without her.

LeRoy and Mary Brandt Mar 18 2014 7:09 PM

Nilus, I am or sorry for your loss. I just saw now of Margene's passing. I did not realize she had been ill since we had moved. I still have the embroidered kitchen towels she made me while you were still at KPI. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marcy Brown Mar 18 2014 11:40 AM

Even though I only knew Margene for a short time while I taught at Scotland High School, I was impressed with the love and devotion she had for her day care children. She treated them like grandchildren and they adored her!!! Even though our hearts are breaking, we can gain comfort knowing that she is painfree and in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. You and your families will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Roberta Stoebner Mar 17 2014 6:43 PM

Oh how I prayed for Margene to get better but I guess God has a different plan for her. She must be needed in heaven to take care of all the kids up there....at least she is pain free. We will miss her terribly and Nilus, Todd, Tracy & David & families, please let us know if there is anything we can do. Her time was too short here but she touched a LOT of lives while she was here. Margene was very loved. We will always remember her! She was a 2nd Mom for my 2 boys and a very special friend to me! No one cooked like Margene. She always had a new recipe. And all the sewing she LOVED to do! God Bless all of you!

Shirley K. Herrboldt Mar 17 2014 12:37 PM