Jonathan P. Schuster
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On Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. the Kingdom of Heaven greeted another angel. Jonathan P. Schuster of Elizabeth, IL, (formerly of Lafayette, IN) peacefully left his temporary life on earth surrounded by his loved ones, Jim, Judy, Bob, Debbie, and cats Moses and Mao, and began his Eternal Life "beyond the sunset". He was born on November 21, 1949 in Lafayette to Joseph M and Ardis E (Conn) Schuster. Jon was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Purdue University, Lafayette, where he earned a Master's Degree (one credit short of a PhD) in Nursing and Psychology.
As the caring, giving and loving person that he was, Jon spent the next 32 years of his life helping and nursing others back to health. He worked as a Registered Nurse and Administrator/Instructor of Infusion Therapy. Jon's greatest love in life was Family! Besides reassurance that he was loved by all of us, Jon had four wishes in his final days: to be with Connie (wish granted in February at Oglesby, IL), to see Pat and to speak with Joe and Dianna. He wanted so desperately to see and talk with them so that he could tell them how very much he loved them. Well, one out of four is still have 25%. Even though his wishes were not met by three of you, please know that Jon passed away loving you anyway. That was just Jon-forgive, forget and LOVE! In addition to family, John enjoyed antiquing, gardening, sewing, painting, wallpapering and restoring and recovering old furniture.
Jon is survived by his life partner Jim Henkle, siblings Constance J. Chapman, Brook, Indiana; Joseph N. Schuster, Lowell Indiana; Judith A. (Bob) Zickmund, Kirklin, Indiana; Patricia L. Schuster, Eugene, Oregon; Dianna R. Schuster, Delphi, Indiana; nieces and nephews, Debra, David, Daniel and Dara; Robin, Mary, Patrick and Randall; Robert, Chris, Tim, Mark and Conn; Jamie and Emily, Kelly, Jodi and Scott; many great and great-great nieces and nephews; and last, but definitely not least, his precious cats, Moses and Mao.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law DeWayne Chapman; and dear friend Bill Roach. The final months of Jon's life were deeply enriched by those that took time to visit with him and share precious memories.
Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 16, 2014