Martha Clara Schoenborn

Martha Clara Schoenborn

Martha Clara Schoenborn, 98, of Farmington, MN, formerly Mahnomen, MN, died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington.
Martha was born October 20, 1918, in Mahnomen to Henry and Gertrude (Buermann) Ahmann. She attended the Ahmann Country School and helped on the farm. As a young lady, Martha worked at Schermerhorn Ranch and for wealthy families on White Earth Lake. In 1941, Martha was united in marriage to Edward Schoenborn at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beaulieu, MN. The couple made their first home in Milwaukee, WI. After two years in Milwaukee, they returned to Mahnomen and began farming. Ed and Martha were blessed with six children. They lived on the farm until their son, Jerome, purchased the farm in 1972. At which time, Ed and Martha built a house in Mahnomen, where they lived until Ed’s death in 2008. Martha remained in their home until 2011, when she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Clarence, in Lakeville, MN. Martha has made her home the past four years at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington.
Martha was a hard worker and remained busy, her fingers were never idle. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and loved to quilt, cook and bake. Over the years, Martha worked at various local restaurants including Kjos Café, Bridgeman’s Café and Johnson’s Bakery. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Christian Mothers of St. Joseph’s. Martha made an endless number of quilts, prayer blankets and cherished treasures for her family.
Martha is survived by four sons: Jerome (Ann) of Waubun, MN, Richard (Herta) of Lakeville, MN, Kenneth (Kathleen) of Keller, TX, Donald (Julie) of Lakeville, MN; one daughter, Geraldine (Clarence) Winter of Lakeville, MN; daughter-in-law, Mary Schoenborn of Livonia, MI; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Vaught of Dallas, TX and Rosemary Walz of Moorhead, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Leonard; three brothers: Albert, Raymond and Paul; and three sisters: Veronica, Elvina and Alma.
Blessed be the memory of Martha C. Schoenborn. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at St. Michaels’s Catholic Church in Mahnomen, MN. Visitation took place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm, with a Catholic Daughter Rosary and Prayer Service beginning at 6:00pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

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