Barbara Schrum

Barbara Schrum, age 85, of New Rockford, ND, died Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at Carrington Health Center in Carrington, ND.

Barbara Ione Blatchford was born January 14, 1924, in Berlin, ND. She was raised by her grandparents, Wilbur and Emilie (Meier) Blatchford. She grew up at Berlin and graduated from high school there in 1941. Barbara then attended college in Ellendale, ND, at the ND Normal Industrial College where she obtained a teaching certificate. She then taught rural school near Diesem, ND, for one year.

On May 1, 1943, Barbara was united in marriage to Adam E. Schrum at LaMoure, ND. Following their marriage, they lived at Edgeley, ND until 1956, when they moved to a farm in Wells County, ND. In 1962, they moved to New Rockford. Barbara worked at Wonder Lanes for one year, then for Wire Real Estate & Insurance Agency, followed by six years at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, all of New Rockford. She then became the Business Manager at City Hospital for 23 years. After the closing of the hospital, Barb owned and operated Second Time Around in New Rockford. Adam Schrum died April 7, 1975.

Barb was a member of the New Rockford American Legion Auxiliary, where she had served as Secretary, and many years as President. She was a member of United Methodist Church and UMCW, and of the church Bible Study group. Barb was a frequent volunteer at blood drives in New Rockford and at many American Legion & Auxiliary events.

She is survived by four sons & two daughters: Richard of Mounds, OK, Ervin of Houston, TX, Wilbur “Buck? (Maribeth) of Raeford, NC, Bob (Jan) of Dickinson, ND, Lois (Carlton, Jr.) Larson of Carrington, ND, and Elaine Renshaw of Royse City, TX; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; four half-brothers, Walter, Richard & Joe Fredette, all of the Pittsville, Wisconsin area and Gary Fredette of Houston, TX; an aunt raised as her sister, Gladys Stowell of The Dalles, OR; and three sisters-in-law, Christine Lyons, Eugene, OR, Virginia Bower, Foster City, CA, and Arlene Fenno of Washington, Iowa.

Barb was preceded in death by her grandparents, her mother and step-father, Vivian and Albert Fredette, a half-sister Doris, a half-brother Glenn, her husband Adam, and two daughters, Emily Beach and Marlyn Morris.


Funeral Service: United Methodist Church, New Rockford

Date and Time: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Interment: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford

Posted Condolences:


Name: Gladys Stowell Dave, Pam, Heather and Jenny Wright - Sent on 11/09/2009

Message: To the Family of Barbara Schrum, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Barb. A friend of Mom's sent her a sympathy card and we realized that Barb had passed away. She will be greatly missed by Mom. They enjoyed exchanging letters, birthday cards and Christmas cards and keep up with each other. They were only two years apart and raised as sisters so Mom will greatly miss Barb. I am so glad they were able to get together in August 2003 when we made a trip to New Rockford. I was glad to meet Mom's sister Barb at that time.
Again we are so sorry to hear that Aunt Barb has passed away.