WILKES-BARRE — Robert J. Schuster, 79, of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born on May 9, 1935, in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Leo S. and Katherine Sterba Schuster.
He attended Coughlin High School and was employed in his family's plumbing and heating business. Mr. Schuster was a charter member of the Parsons Lions Club and served two terms as its president. On Feb. 5, 2009, he received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which is the highest form of recognition in Lionism. A member of St. Benedict's Parish and the Parsons Community League and Crime Watch, he also served on the Wilkes-Barre Plumbing Examining Board for 30 years.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He thoroughly enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada with his buddies. His grandchildren looked forward to his Jaje parties when they visited him. He also enjoyed watching Penn State football every Fall…he was one of their BIGGEST fans.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Lorraine Gardzalla; children, Eileen Landry and her husband, Dave, Vienna, Virginia, Brian Schuster and his wife, Darine, Wilmington, Delaware, Roberta Schreiber and her husband, Mark, Fairfield, Connecticut; grandchildren, Brian Landry, Kevin Landry and Danielle Landry, Nadine Schuster LaRoche and her husband, David, Valerie Schuster Clark and her husband, Keith, Gregory Schuster and Christopher Schreiber, Melissa Schreiber, Lauren Schreiber; great-granddaughters, Claire and Maya LaRoche; brother, Leo S. Schuster and his wife, Connie; and nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Bob's nurses and caregivers from Celtic Hospice for their excellent care and compassion over the last few months.
Bob was the most wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His love for his family was evident in everything he did. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Benedict's Church, Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parsons Lions Club, 1 Oliver St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705; or to St. Benedict's Church, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.eblakecollins.com.