SHARON ANN SCHUSTER (NEE CRAMER), 75 ARDEN, N.C. - Sharon Ann Schuster (nee Cramer), 75, of Arden NC passed away May 21, 2014 following an extended illness. Born in Freeport IL, Sharon graduated from Freeport High School in 1956, earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1960, and an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago in 1974. A writer and graphic designer, Sharon worked as a reporter for Chicago regional papers; as editor of Northwestern University's Magazine; and as an employee communications manager for Illinois Bell/AT&T. She left AT&T with great joy in 1986 to form her own firm, Publications Plus, which she ran for 25 years, providing writing, design, and production of newsletters and other print material. She also published ReCareering Newsletter, circulating to outplacement firms, corporations, and downsized middle managers for four years during the 1990s. Sharon had lived in the Asheville area from 2004 when she moved her graphic design business to North Carolina from the Chicago. She continued to serve her Chicago and Asheville clients until retiring in 2011. Always a concerned environmentalist, Sharon was active in several hiking groups after moving to North Carolina. She also worked at the polls during Early Voting and for presidential and local candidates in recent elections and in support of various progressive causes. Sharon leaves a daughter, Diane Shishido, of Charlotte NC; a son, Mark Bobbitt, of Roselle IL and his wife Sylvia; granddaughters Katherine Shishido of Chicago and Caroline Shishido of Charlotte; and grandsons, Thomas Bobbitt of Hurst TX and Stephen Walt of Mount Prospect IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Katheryn Blemler Cramer and Ward C. Cramer of Freeport IL; and her husband, Harry J. Schuster of Northbrook, IL, who died in an interstate accident in 1996. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa (UUCSV) in Black Mountain, NC and a former member of the UU Congregation of Asheville. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa (UUCSV) in Black Mountain, NC June 7 at 1 p.m. Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the ALS Assn, or to the UUCSV Church, 500 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain NC 28711.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from June 3 to June 4, 2014