Romaine Schaan

romaine schaan
The family of Romaine Anthony Schaan announces his passing on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the age of 70, after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. Romaine was born on August 15, 1948 in Rugby, ND to Vincent and Elizabeth (Merck) Schaan. He attended school in Richardton, ND at Assumption Abbey High School, before returning to Balta, ND and graduating in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1966, serving in Okinawa, during the Vietnam Era. He was discharged in 1969. He later attended and graduated from Minot State University in 1987 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. Romaine had many jobs over his life, including social work and teaching in New Jersey, and custodial work in North Dakota. His last few years he took great pride in volunteering for Meals on Wheels and Bethany Retirement Living. He was an active member of AA in Fargo and attended St. Francis Catholic Church in Moorhead, MN. Romaine had many struggles in this life; however, he kept his witty, dry sense of humor and always had a joke ready. He had the biggest heart and he was a giver. He always remembered his many nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays and milestones. He was known for playing the guitar and writing his own songs, including a song for his brother’s wedding. Growing up he competed in wrestling, track, and football during his years at Assumption Abbey High School. He remained an avid sports fan, with a special love for the New York Yankees and the Green Bay Packers. Romaine had many friendships over his lifetime. He especially enjoyed these friendships with his AA group and looked forward to their dinners on Tuesday evenings. Romaine is survived by his brothers and sister: Roland of Langdon, Richard (Sandy) of Langdon, Reynold (Debbie) of Fargo, Charlotte (David) Brandt of Bismarck, Randall of Langdon, Robert of Langdon, Vincent of Grand Forks, Kenneth (ManaRae) of Oakdale, MN, and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Romaine was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Colette; grandparents, Felix and Mary (Meyer) Merck; and Matthew and Stephania (Hoffart) Schaan. Romaine’s family will be forever grateful for the care he received at Villa Maria and Hospice of the Red River Valley. There will be a rosary from 10-10:30 AM with a visitation from 10:30-11:00 AM and a Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Moorhead, MN.

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  1. It was always so much fun going to visit Romaine and his family in Balta when we were kids. After a while we kind of lost touch but reconnected when he moved to Fargo. I will always be grateful he was in my life at least for a while. Heaven is a better place now and the world will miss him.

  2. Some of my fondest memories were the times playing ball games of any sort with Romaine and his brothers in Balta.Our condolences to all his family…..Tony and Kelly Voeller, Minot, ND

  3. My thoughts are with Romaine’s family… and am quite sure that you know he is now truly at rest and in the Arms of Heaven, no more strife or struggles. I know I was one of the ‘younger/quieter’ ones of the John & Theresa Schaan clan,
    but I do remember Romaine a such a gentle soul, may He Rest In Peace.

  4. It was an honor to meet Romaine and work with him- He was a gentle soul♥️ Prayers to you and family, Rey and Charlotte.

  5. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the entire Schaan family. May God give you strength during these days. Hugs to all of you!

  6. Dear Schaan family, I am so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose a close family member. Take care of each other. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Cindy Schaan Rubin

  7. My friend, Romaine. Got to know him at the Abbey when I was there for my freshman year only. Strong guy… fast… good athlete. We believe he is at peace; God bless him.

  8. Lots of prayers for strength and comfort for the Schaan family! I’ve always enjoyed calling you all special friends! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  9. Romaine was my brother and my friend. We spent a lot of time together when we lived out east. He had a beautiful heart and soul. I miss him dearly and love him. He was always gracious and willing to help. May he rest in peace.

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