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Brenda Lee Schaff

Brenda Lee Schaff

April 29, 1967 - January 4, 2022

Brenda Lee Schaaf, age 54 journeyed to the spirit world on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was born on April 29, 1967 in Cass Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Frank Schaaf and Shirley Whipple. Brenda was a very loving and caring daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved nothing more than family time. Her favorite things were going to the park with her kids and grandchildren to play Badminton, Kickball, Softball and Frisbee. Brenda never let her age slow her down. Loved going to the casino and drinking her Coke, listening to Fleetwood Mac and Prince. She worked as a C.Y.S. for Mille Lacs Community Youth Service.

Brenda loved her kids more than life itself. She raised them to be strong, independent, caring, thoughtful and to always stick together. She had a goofy sense of humor. She could always bring a smile to everyone's face. Brenda helped so many people throughout her life.

Survived by her father: Frank Schaaf; mother: Shirley (Whipple) Layman; significant other: Darrin Kegg; sons: Brino Gamboa Jr., Nicholas "Brother" Lufkins jr., Brino Gamboa III and dog: Brillo Schaff; daughters: Tania Gamboa and Sara Lufkins; godson: Zachary McCormack; brothers: Andy Schaaf and Ernest Beaulieu; sisters: Loreen Estey, Betty Schaaf and Amber Schaaf; grandchildren: Braylen Lufkins, Evaliah Gamboa, Corey, Marcel and Aaron Jackson, Antonio and Cali Weous and one great grandchild: Santana Gamboa

Preceded in death be her grandma: Dorothy Whipple; brother: Troy Adam Goodman; granddaughter: Binesiikwe Jackson; cousins: Elisa and Julie Whipple.

All-night visitations will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 and Wednesday, January 12, 2022 both beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A all-night visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 12:00 (Noon) at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

Spiritual Leader will be Joe Big Bear and Drum Group will be Southside Ramblers.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Arlene Larson, Mary Anderson, Sandra Smith, Jean Marrow, Shirley Marrow, Maricia Olsen, Kay Dez, Heidi White and Rachel Sutton Barrintez,

Casket Bearers will be Corey Jackson Sr.,, Marcel Jackson, Corey Jackson Jr., Nicholas Lufkins, Sr., Jhon Reich, Bobby Lynaueh, Nicholas Lufkins Jr., Pip, Zachary McCormack and Aaron Rock.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to

All - night Visitations:

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 7:00 P.M.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 7:00 P.M.

American Indian Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota

and Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 7:00 P.M.

Veterans Memorial Building

Cass Lake, Minnesota

Funeral Service:

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00 (Noon)

Veterans Memorial Building

Cass Lake, Minnesota


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