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Ann Barbara Mack

Ann Barbara Mack (Schall), the daughter of Nicolas and Caroline (Steffan) Schall was born on June 19, 1931 in Rugby, North Dakota.  She died at the age of 86 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 peacefully in her sleep.

            Ann was raised on a farm near Fulda, ND where she attended country school.  On October 26, 1948 she married George Mack in a double marriage with George’s brother, Joe and Elna.  They began their married life in Balta, ND as owners of the Balta Hotel and Cafe.  After selling the hotel and café she began working in Rugby at Jacobson’s Clothing Store and Andrew’s Steak House.  After George’s retirement as the postmaster in Balta they moved to Rugby in 1977.  Ann was never one to sit still so after the move to Rugby, she began working at the Rugby Public School as a kitchen employee along with continuing to waitress at the EconoLodge and later The Hub. She loved working and being around people and always said she would still be working now, if she could.

            Ann was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Little Flower Catholic Church and also a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Hospital. She joined the Red Hats after George’s death and always looked forward to all their activities and adventures. Ann loved to play cards, especially pinochle, with whomever was willing to challenge her.  She was considered the “Pinochle Queen.”  She enjoyed cooking and attending her flowers; and of course, shopping and decorating. Whenever she could pull a prank on someone, she did – especially with her brothers and sons-in-law.  She also enjoyed traveling to visit her family on the west coast as well as her children and grandchildren.

            Ann will be deeply missed by her two daughters, Arlene (Tom) Reiger, Orrin, ND; Connie (Buster) Langowski, Hazen, ND and three sons, Glenn (Zoe) Mack, Chandler, AZ; Richard (Michelle) Mack, Eden Prairie, MN; and Cordell (Kari) Mack, Chaska, MN; son-in-law, Jim Drege, Eden Prairie, MN.  Her grandchildren include Sean (Angie) Reiger, Wisconsin Dell, WI; Michael (friend Melissa) Reiger, Orrin, ND; Heather (Jeff) Carlton, Bend, OR; Brigette (Dan) Raile, McChord, AFB, WA; Briana (Brenden) Leier, Mandan, ND; Kennedy Mack, Chandler, AZ; Addison Mack, Eden Prairie, MN; and Lauren and Leah Mack, Chaska, MN; and six great grandchildren:  Cole, Olivia, Mason, Matthew, Thomas, and Braxon.

            Ann is also survived by two brothers Ed (Betty) Schall, Minot, ND and Jake (Arlene) Schall, Des Moines, IA; one brother-in-law Pius (Tillie) Tuchscherer, Puyallup, WA; and one sister-in-law Lorraine (Ed) Mack Schaefer, Brandon, SD and many nieces and nephews. 

            She is preceded in death by her husband, George; one daughter, Shirley Drege; three brothers, Aloise, Leo, and Leonard; two sisters, Rose and Tillie; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  

             Family prefers memorials to be sent to the ND Veterans Cemetery or a charity of your choice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 21 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial on Tuesday at 12:00 noon in the North Dakota Veteran Cemetery, Mandan.  Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. all at the funeral home.  There will be no reviewal in the church.

Posted Condolences:

In Balta days, Ann and George were some of those folks that kept us kids "in-line" along with the other Balta business folks. George was at all the basketball games keeping score for us and running the time clock. Ann was part of the cheering squad. At the post office, when George went home for noon lunch, us school kids would huddle onto his Balta post office couch and warm up. We would try to leave before he got back? Always so nice to visit with Ann. Hugs and condolences to all.
Margie Eisenzimmer

Connie and siblings,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mom. She always had a smile on her face and I always felt welcome at your house. It's so hard to lose a parent. I will be thinking of you all and remembering you in my prayers.
Cindy Schaan Rubin

My mother, Bertha Schell, and I wish to express our deepest condolences.  My mother worked and had fun memories with Ann while working at Andrew's Steakhouse and the Hub, and they had shared many conversations since.  Ann will truly be missed.
Deanne (Schell) Fedje

I had a nice visit with Ann at Rose Hager funeral last month.Glad she passed peacefully in her sleep.

Condolences from the Ed Martin family (Ed, Barb and Mari, Les, and Steve and their families).  Aunt Ann was always a must visit when in North Dakota from Jefferson City, Missouri.  She was a delight to be around.  I remember our family visits to Balta and being older only remember Arlene and Shirley.   To all of you, you had great parents and will be remembered in our prayers. 
Edmund (Ed) Martin  

Ann was a great lady and we are very sorry for your loss. She always had a welcoming smile. I've been thinking of you all and know it's very hard to loose a parent.
You are in my prayers
John Jr


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