Marianna Erika Schafft

By on October 1, 2009

Marianne Erika Schafft, 88, of St. Charles, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva.

She now leaves four children, Anke (John) Roelle of Sharon, Wis., Peter (Deborah) Schafft of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Ingrid (Don) Blahut of St. Charles, and Tom (Linda) Schafft of St. Charles; nine grandchildren, Christine, Shelley, Jennifer, Erika, Danika, Derek, Lisa, Brianna and Caleb; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Ernie (Helga) Andresen on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; several nieces and nephews, both here and abroad, as well as a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; one sister, Inge Rehse; and both husbands, Karl and Hugo, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was Monday, Sept. 28, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate her life followed the visitation at 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the American Heart Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Checks may be made to the “Marianne Schafft Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at