Mary Helen Schuster, 86, Nevada, MO passed away Monday, December 5, 2011, at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada following a brief illness. She was born December 14, 1924 in Boonville, MO to Louis D. Imhoff and Sophia Schmitt Imhoff. She was married September 9, 1948 in Martinsville, MO to Richard Joseph Schuster, and he preceded her in death February 15, 1960.
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Mrs. Schuster was raised in the Pilot Grove, MO area and attended school in Martinsville, MO. She came to Nevada in 1965 and lived the remainder of her life here. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nevada. Mary worked at Farnham's Laundry, and later Mosher's Village Laundry in Nevada for 35 years, retiring in July 2007.
Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who filled a room with her smile and laughter. Mary was the matriarch of her family. Her home always had an open door for anyone. Food was plenty and all could feel her welcoming, caring touch. Mary enjoyed gardening, reading, and all activities that she could watch and cheer for her grandchildren.
Mary loved all holidays. Nothing provided more contentment for her than a yard full of lighted Christmas decorations, a living room table filled with candy for trick-or-treaters, or her traditional fried chicken dinners for all of her children on Valentine's Day.
Mary lived a full life, complete with laughter and sorrow. Although her physical presence will be missed, her traditions, love, and spirit will live on in her family.
Survivors include nine children, Margie Wolf and her husband Vic, Nevada, MO, Linda Westerhold and friend John Spencer, Nevada, MO, Richard Schuster and his wife Laura, Nevada, MO, Wayne Schuster and his wife Debra, Walker, MO, Katie Sanderson and her husband Larry, Jeannie Hirschman and her husband Tom, both of Nevada, MO, Patty Stober and her husband Dale, Maricopa, AZ, Vickie McKinley, Dublin, CA, and Lisa Daniels and her husband Keith, Neosho, MO; sixteen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, two brothers, John Imhoff, Blackwater, MO, and Jake Imhoff, Issaquah, WA; one sister Anna Mae Bentlage, Jefferson City, MO; one brother-in-law, Melvin Knipp, of Tipton, MO; and one sister-in-law, Isabel Lang, of Boonville, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, two brothers, Frank Imhoff and Patrick Imhoff, three sisters, Margaret Class, Bertha Gerling, and Clara (Tutor) Knipp.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada, MO with Father Tom Albers officiating. Interment will follow at St. Martin's Cemetery in Martinsville, MO at 3:00 p.m.
Friends may call now and until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO. A rosary service will be held, at the funeral home, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. with visitation to follow between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772
You may view obituary and send condolences on line at www.ferryfuneralhome.com
Published in Boonville Daily News from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2011