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Ashley-ND-Funeral service for Darlene Schnabel of Ashley will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kulm, ND.  Rev. Chimezie Ukaona will officiate.

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery at Kulm, ND.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Darlene (Quashnick) Schnabel, 82, left this life to be united and join her creator and other family and friends in heaven, September 13, 2019. John and Emelia (Ruele) Quashnick gave birth to and started Darlene’s journey on June 22, 1937.

Darlene embraced life with zest, creativity, learning, hard work, and a loving heart. On October 2, 1954, her fox-red locks brought attention to a charming young man meeting Floyd Schnabel. That Saturday evening began a new life venture when Darlene met her soul-mate. Darlene and Floyd were united in marriage on June 24, 1956, and Darlene spent 63 years with the love of her life. She continued her journey by traveling to Lead, SD, where Floyd worked in the gold mine. When the couple moved back to North Dakota they returned to rural living, working alongside Darlene’s father. The couple became great role models for others as they traveled down their life’s path. As they learned and grew together while ranching, they built a family foundation. As their journey continued, Darlene gave birth to a son, Florian, in February 1959 and a daughter, Felisa, in February 1966. She enriched and taught them about their German-Russian heritage foods and customs through cooking, baking, canning, gardening, thriftiness, butchering, and tractor driving. She always instilled that they could do anything they set their minds to and encouraged fun to meet that fulfillment. She was very loving and strong willed.

Darlene shared her enthusiasm for life and built on the foundation she learned as a youth through fellowship, music, and family. Living on her homestead brought many opportunities to host family get togethers, playing her harmonica, sing-alongs, and festivities, always with food to be shared. She supported her community by serving as township clerk for over 40 years. She traveled to see family but stayed close to her roots. She loved to visit, crochet, embroidery, play cards, shop both for herself and family, and spend time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchild.

Towards the end of her life, Darlene reflected that she lived a good life, loved her family, and lived by God’s Grace. She never wanted to be a burden to anyone and made it known that if she could not have a quality life, she wished her stay on earth to end and to have her eternal life in heaven. Darlene had some health issues along the way, but always made the best of the hand life dealt her.

Grateful for having shared in Darlene’s life are her husband, Floyd Schnabel; Children: Florian Schnabel and Felisa (Wayne) Mastel; grandchildren:  Dylan (Jennifer) Schnabel, Dalton Schnabel, Jessica (Parker) Robinson, Joncy Mastel; great granddaughter Eliyanah Schnabel; Sisters: Betty Lou (Melvin) Nitschke, Vangie Kinzler; sister-in-laws Shirley (Clyde) Essig, and Sheila Schnabel.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emelia, and sister: Elnora Kramlich.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.