Margaret "Marge" Schlaffman

Margaret "Marge" Schlaffman


February 26, 1942 - September 27, 2022


Margaret (Marge) Schlaffman, 80, of Mitchell, SD, died peacefully Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at the home where she lived nearly all her life. A Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Friday, September 30, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at the Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Margaret Ann (Marge) Schlaffman was born February 26, 1942, in Lake Andes, South Dakota to Sylvester and Martha (Jaeger) Moneke. She moved to Mitchell at an early age and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1960. She was an active lifelong member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she rarely missed daily mass, bible study or the rosary. Marge graduated from Presentation School of Nursing in 1963 and worked for many years at St. Joseph’s Hospital (now Avera Queen of Peace).

Marge touched many lives. She was known for her long walks and as an excellent seamstress who made countless quilts and napkins for friends and family. She loved jigsaw puzzles – and everyone she met became an important piece of the vibrant puzzle of her life. She will be best remembered as a loving caregiver for all (and for her cinnamon rolls).

Marge was a loving wife to Gary Schlaffman for 56 years and mother to Ann Schlaffman, Mark Schlaffman, and Susan (Justin) Ebert. She was a doting grandmother to Jilian, Jackson, Jacob, and Jordon Ebert and Patrick and Eliza McHale, and a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was an avid sports fan, particularly if her grandchildren were playing. She rarely missed a game.

Marge is survived by her siblings, John (Cathy) Moneke, Eugene “Gene” (Mary) Moneke, Marian “Sue” (Richard Dennis) McNeary, and Gerald “Jerry” (Susie) Moneke.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Elsie and Art Schlaffman, brother-in-law James Schlaffman and sister-in-law Beverly Neuheisel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Holy Family Catholic Church or John Paul II Elementary School.


Thursday, September 29, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, September 30, 2022
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Yvonne Tobin MacCormack on October 2, 2022
I will remember Marge as a person of deep faith and the ability to make other people feel good. She used her many talents to make the world a better place.
Yvonne Tobin MacCormack
Posted by Debra Carlson on September 30, 2022
So very sorry to hear of Marge’s passing I will pray for strength and courage in the days ahead🫶🏻
Posted by Kathy Haack on September 30, 2022
Sincere condolences to the entire Schlaffman family in the loss of Margaret. She was a wonderful friend and a great lady. May God hold each of you in His loving arms during this time of sorrow.
Posted by Angela Harvey on September 30, 2022
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. She was an amazing woman with the sweetest heart/soul, she will be greatly missed.
Posted by Cheryl (Chris) Jones on September 30, 2022
No words can ease your sorrow and pain of loss, but I pray that the hugs, prayers, and many acts of kindness you are receiving may help in some small measure. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.
Posted by Cheryl (Chris) Jones on September 30, 2022
No words can ease your sorrow and pain of loss, but I pray that the hugs, prayers, and many acts of kindness you are receiving may help in some small measure. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.
Posted by Jim Peppmuller on September 29, 2022
So sorry for your loss Gary and family. I knew Marge by my affiliation with her brother Gene whom I graduated with in 1962. Came over to the farm when Gene and I were growing up and played Basketball upstairs in the barn. The Nicest family God ever put on this planet--Never saw any Moneke that didn't smile a lot-God Bless all of you!
Posted by Tony Geist on September 29, 2022
So sorry for your loss Gary and Family
Posted by S Mary Jaeger PBVM on September 29, 2022
Marge and I are first cousins, her Mother and my Dad are brother and sister. I am so blessed to have been privileged walk with her and her/my family during her time at Avera McKennan. I call this a sacred journey with God leading us all the way. I am so sorry for her loss and pray for continued strength and peace for Gary, Ann, Mark and Susan. Your tender care of her during her days of illness and passing are treasures and an example of love I will cherish for the rest of my life. Mary
Posted by Tom & Margaret Holland on September 29, 2022
Mark and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. She was a good and faith filled person and her reward must be great in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Sharon Unzicker Graber on September 29, 2022
To all of Marge’s family, I have no words that are adequate for all of you. She was my dear dear friend and I loved her. My prayers and love.
Posted by Jane Heezen on September 29, 2022
I still have, and will never forget a letter Marge sent to my head nurse when I was a brand new LPN & had admitted her aunt to St. Joe's in 1979. She took the time to express her appreciation for what she thought was outstanding care. It meant so much to me. She was one to take the time, make the effort, and lead by example. I was grateful for the opportunity I had to meet her. Godspeed Marge!
Posted by Dennis and Janice Welch on September 29, 2022
So sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Schlaffman family.
Posted by Carol Carstens on September 29, 2022
I'm so sorry to learn about Marge. When the kids rode the school bus they were the last ones to get off. So Marge met me at the highway. If I could, sometimes I'd let the kids get off first. Marge would thank me with some goodie she had made. What a wonderful ladie!!!
Posted by Julie Naylor on September 28, 2022
I'm so sorry hearing of the passing of Marge, my condolences go out to Gary and the family
Posted by Melissa (VanDuzer) Edeburn on September 28, 2022
Many of my happiest elementary school memories include Marge. As one of our "room moms", Marge never missed classroom celebration. She could be counted on to arrive at the classroom door with a big smile and a festive treat. (I was especially fond of her cupcakes!) Thanks for sharing your mom with us, Mark, Suzie, and Ann. She was a gem!
Posted by Gary & Julie Kunkel on September 28, 2022
Sincere sympathy to all the family. Marge was always with a smile & she will surely be missed.
Posted by Mary Payton Gishencord on September 28, 2022
My condolences to her family and friends. I’m sure your hearts ache with her loss. I remember her kindness and her help through Geometry!
Posted by Mark and Janelle McMahon on September 28, 2022
Heart felt sympathy to Gary and the Schlaffman family.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by The Lubbat Family on September 28, 2022
Our deepest condolences. Marge was a wonderful person .
Posted by Laurie Chenoweth on September 28, 2022
I first met Marge through my Grandma Bennett. Marge and Granny worked together at the hospital. Granny thought the world of Marge ❤️ Marge was a great lady. I am happy I got to know her. I am so sorry 😢 Thinking of you all ❤️
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on September 28, 2022
Not all that long ago, we had an occasion to have gotten together three times, and on each she stayed a couple hours. The last of which she brought me a John Deere kleenex holder and a set of napkins. I will so cherish them,but so much more will be those three visits. I wish I could remember when I first met her, but it would have been in the early 70s. Her smile never changed, her demeanor always so pleasant and her faith never wavered. Well done good and faithful servant. Now rest in the arms of the lord. He has always been your rock.
Posted by Renee LeBrun on September 28, 2022
We will miss seeing Marge at Mass every week as well as all of the grandkids activities. She was loved by all! Hugs to you all.
Posted by Patricia Carey on September 28, 2022
Sorry for your loss. Marge was a very kind woman. She will be miss !
Posted by Elwin Hohn on September 28, 2022
My deepest sympathy to the Schlaffman family
Posted by Dennis and Barbara Boyle on September 28, 2022
Marge has been our friend since first grade at Norte Dame. She will be sorely missed. Our condolences to her family.
Posted by Patrick McHale on September 28, 2022
Although the life Marge lived has ended, the shining example of the life she lived remains. Also, her love for family and friends has no end.
Posted by Pat Sudbeck on September 28, 2022
I admired Marge for her commitment to her patients and families during her nursing career at Avera. She was a true example of the Sister's Ministry of service. I admired her as a friend and always felt loved in her presence. I do know she will be missed by family and friends May she rest in the arms of the Lord and may you feel her presence every day!
Posted by Ron and Cherie Scheich on September 28, 2022
Our hearts are sadden for the loss of such a great friend. Keep all the memories close to your heart they are now your treasures. We will miss you Marge but know you are with Him, 🙏
Posted by Gary and Kay Shafer on September 28, 2022
We send our Sympathy to the Marge Schlaffman family. May all the Memories of life with her bring you Peace & Comfort all these days. Working with Marge at our Holy Family Altar Society was a pleasure, Marge could make any work project inspirational.

May she enjoy the rewards of heaven she so deserves.
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on September 28, 2022
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Myrna Adams on September 28, 2022
A true and genuine soul. From the time I met her she made me feel like family. She gave the warmest hugs and I will miss her very much. Knowing she is spreading more warm hugs and caring smiles with her Lord is a peaceful feeling. My deepest sympathies to Gary and family. 💓
Posted by Roberta and Tom McEntee on September 27, 2022
Marge made Tom a delicious cherry pie every year for his birthday. You were a great friend to both of us.
Posted by Tammy Frost on September 27, 2022
So sorry to hear about Marge’s passing. What a special person she was! From her infectious smile to her caring heart she was truly an amazing lady. Gary and kids, saying good bye isn’t easy but know she will always be looking over you. Love you all!
Posted by Karen Sullivan League on September 27, 2022
My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary and his family. They truly lost an angel. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Nancy Lindon on September 27, 2022
Will miss her greeting every morning at Daily mass. A lovely person.
Posted by Tom Riddle on September 27, 2022
So sorry to hear this,prayers and thoughts to Gary and Family
Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on September 27, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Loved working with Marge , lots of good memories. Just a lovely person.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on September 27, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. Marge will be missed by many. She had a strong faith and believed in helping others. She will be missed by many. May God wrap His arms around her and bring her home.
Posted by Rhonda Broski on September 27, 2022
I am so sorry to hear about Marge’s passing. Every time we saw each other she always stopped to chat. She was always so proud of her family. Blessings to your family and remember all of the great memories.
Posted by Barb Goldammer on September 27, 2022
Marge was a wonderful lady. She and I met in Mrs. Skinner’s FACS class. Otherwise known as Home Economics. She was an awesome sewing angel, she will be greatly missed!
Posted by Sue tubbs on September 27, 2022
I will cherish every napkin,tablecloth etc made by her. Marges love for Jesus Christ was amazing and never without a smile and i know HE greeted her with open arms. God bless you Marge, and i bet your smile is brighter than ever.
Posted by Mary Unzicker Nolt on September 27, 2022
Was she ever without a smile?! My condolences to all the family, am sure she’s already in Paradise ❤️
Posted by Joe Unzicker on September 27, 2022
So sorry to hear about Margaret.
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