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Clemens Joseph “Clem” Schmaltz

Nov 21, 2020

Sept. 28, 1931-Nov. 12, 2020

Clemens Joseph “Clem”

Schmaltz, age 89 of Rug-

by, North Dakota entered

into eternal rest on Thurs-

day, November 12, 2020

at the Heart of America

Care Center in Rugby. He

was born to Joseph and

Caroline (Gross) Schmaltz

on September 28, 1931 at

the Good Samaritan Hos-

pital in Rugby.

Clem was raised on the

family farm home of his

parents, southwest of

Rugby and received his

education in the Rugby

Schools. During high

school Clem was active in

football until one day his

father asked him if he was

going to play football or

farm. This began his life-

long pursuit of his pas-

sion, farming. Back then,

farming not only consist-

ed of growing the crops,

but also milking cows,

raising chickens and pigs.

On October 18, 1955, he

was united in marriage to

the love of his life, Marian

Helen Tuchscherer at the

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby. Fol-

lowing their marriage, the

couple made their home

on the Schmaltz family

farm where they farmed

and raised their blessed

family of nine children.

As the family grew and

parted the farm, the cou-

ple has been blessed with

36 grandchildren and 35


which are loved dearly

and without boasting he

was so immensely proud

of their accomplishments

in life. He was a very gen-

erous person with his

time and talents and was

always eager to help

someone out in their

need. He could tell

stories like none other

and was an avid conversa-

tionalist. When you were

with Clem, there was nev-

er a dull moment to be

had. As busy as farming

is, if you stopped by, he

and Marian would always

sit you down for a conver-

sation, coffee, and some

baked goods. He was a

long-time member of the

Tuscarora Township

Board, the Turnbridge

Elevator Board, the

Knights of Columbus and

Our Lady of Mount Car-

mel Catholic Church in

Balta and a current

member of Little Flower

Catholic Church, Rugby.

His Catholic faith was

especially important to

him and he also was

proud of his Germans

from Russia heritage.

Clem and Marian retired

from the farm in Sep-

tember of 2000 and

moved to Rugby. Espe-

cially important to him

was his weekly drive to

the farm so see what the

“boys” were doing and to

check the crops.

Clem is survived by his

wife of 65 years, Marian;

his children, Jeanne

(LeRoy) Burckhard,

Surrey; Joe (Mary), Rug-

by; Rita (Ronnie) Brossart,

Leeds; Colette (Jody) Bles-

sum, Danville, CA; Mar-

lene (Kevin) Schulte,

Jamestown; Duane (Hol-

ly), Chino, CA; Don and

Darold (Tara), both of

Rugby; 36 grandchildren;

35 great-grandchildren; a

brother, Joe J. (Loretta),

Minot; many nieces,

nephews, other relatives

and a host of friends. He

was preceded in death by

his parents; daughter,

Carol Shively; grandson,

Matthew Brossart; broth-

er, Jim Schmaltz; sisters,

Mary Thompson, Cathy

Teigen and Carol Jacob-

son; nieces, Cindy Volk

and Kathy Kresel;

nephew, Michael


Memorial Mass of

Christian Burial will be

held at 11:00 a.m. Satur-

day, November 21st at the

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Franklin

Miller, Celebrant. To

view the livestream of the

service, you can find the

link to this in his obituary

found on the



Visitation was from

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday

with a rosary & vigil ser-

vice starting at 7 p.m. all

in the Anderson Funeral

Home, Rugby. There will

be no reviewal in the

church on Saturday.

Vocalists & Guitarists:

Richard Bischoff, Leonard

Keplin & Kellan Schmaltz

Liturgical Readers: Joe

& Duane Schmaltz

Eulogist: Colette Bles-


The Honorary Urn Bear-

ers: Grandchildren &


The Urn Bearers: Chris-

ty Donahue, Luke Bros-

sart, Justin Vetsch, Kelsey

Schmaltz, Brandon

Schmaltz, Kyle Shively &

Tyler Schmaltz

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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