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Ilene M. Schlader

The Oakes Times of Oakes, North Dakota

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February 12, 1929 — October 26, 2015

Ilene M. Schlader, 86, of Oakes, N.D., passed away October 26, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Oakes.

Ilene M. Rotenberger, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Wittman) Rotenberger was born February 12, 1929 in Enderlin, N.D. She grew up and attended rural school near Lisbon. Ilene was united in marriage to George Schlader April 23, 1947, and they made their home in the Lisbon area. In 1951 they moved to the Oakes area, where Ilene was employed with the Oakes Community Hospital for 28 years. George passed away January 15, 1989. Ilene continued to live in Oakes, and in April of 2014, she became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society.

A great sense of accomplishment to Ilene was when she completed her GED in May of 1976. Ilene was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and LWML. Ilene was an avid quilter and enjoyed sharing them with her family.

She is survived by four children, Gary (Margie) Schlader, Ludden, N.D., Kenneth (Rose) Schlader, and Carol (Allen) Thompson, all of Oakes, and Jeneane (Don) Pfaff, Enderlin, N.D.; two brothers, Fritz Rotenberger, of Lisbon and Ted (Lois) Rotenberger, Battle Lake, Minn.; three sisters, Sarah Sutton, Waterloo, Iowa, Frieda Hansen, Omaha, Neb., and Beverly (Wayne) Jorgenson, Valley City, N.D.; and several grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, five brothers, Alex, Jack, Emmanuel, Victor and Ed, two sisters, Katherine and Elfie and one grandson, Nickolos Schlader.

Visitation was held Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with her funeral following at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Oakes. Burial will be in the Oakes View Cemetery. An online guestbook may be signed at

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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