Emil O. Schuster, 83, a lifelong resident of Sheboygan, died Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Emil was born October 11, 1936, in Sheboygan at St. Nicholas Hospital to the late Otto and Frances (Peschl) Schuster.
He was a graduate (Class of ‘55) of Sheboygan North High School where he participated in track as a high hurdler, competing at the State track meet. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 – 1959, stationed at Thule Air Base (Greenland), Ramey Air Base (Puerto Rico), and Schilling Air Base (Salina, Kansas). He married Mary Jo Frank at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Salina, Kansas, on August 19, 1961. Emil was employed at Curt G. Joa for 32 years, retiring in 1999. Emil was a member of the D’Werdenfelser Schuhplattlers, a Vorplattler (lead dancer), and honorary president. He won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place medals in international dance competitions. He was a member of the Bavarian Sick Benefit Society (Bayern Verein), Catholic Order of Foresters, and an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. Emil was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church where he sang in the funeral choir; he was also an usher. Emil also enjoyed fishing, golfing, card playing (especially Bavarian Sheepshead), Eisstockschießen (a Bavarian form of curling), and bowling; he was proud to have bowled a perfect 300 game.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary Jo, children Rodney (Carrie) Schuster of Swanton, Ohio; John (Joy) Schuster of Janesville, Wisconsin; Cathy (Matt) Czerwan of Appleton, Wisconsin; Josephine Schuster (Brian O’Broin) of Bloomfield, New Jersey; grandchildren Jessica Schuster, Joseph Schuster, Julia Schuster, Michael Czerwan, Nick Czerwan, Ana O’Broin, and Fiona O’Broin.
Emil was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Frances Schuster and Dorothy Hellauer, and grandson Jordan Czerwan.
Due to current health directives a private funeral Mass will be limited to immediate family only at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Matthew J. Widder, officiating. Emil’s Mass will be recorded and available to view online. Please visit reinboldfh.com and go to Emil’s obituary for further details. Entombment will take place at the Calvary Mausoleum.
During this difficult time of private services, you may show your support by joining our “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a ribbon to remind the family of your love and support. Please go to www.reinboldfh.com. Kindly send all hugs by 12 noon Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Our love & prayers to you all. A really great man.
He will be greatly missed.
Dear Cathy and Family, you have my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Dad during these isolating times. Prayers for your Mom and the whole family..
Emil will be sorely missed.
Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Emil that I'll hold dear to me forever. I'll never forget the way he lit up when talking about golf and the way he liked to tease me about the Green Bay Packers/Chicago Bears rivalry. I wish I could be with you and wrap you in a big hug today. Sending you my love and many many virtual hugs from Texas.
We want to express our sincerest sympathy in your loss. I worked at Joa, for a few years, and was fortunate to have Emil as a supervisor and also a friend , for quite a few years. I was fortunate on both of these, but really enjoyed knowing him as a friend. We pray that our God will bring all of you, comfort as you grieve and peace to your hearts and souls. I will remember him always for his kindness and friendship.
In this difficult time for Mom and our family, the love that has been shown through kind acts, beautiful words, and countless prayers has bolstered and supported us. No doubt this is a reflection of how Dad lived his life and the people he touched along the way. We celebrate and give thanks for Dad being in our lives. He will be remembered with great love always. We look forward to the time we can be with him again. Rest in peace Dad. Love, Rodney
So sorry for your loss I will always remember the good times we had. Love you all
Cindy and thinh
Dear Mary Jo
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
It was our pleasure meeting and vacationing with you and Emil in Costa Rica.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Earl and Betty Beck
We wish we could be there with you. We loved Uncle Emil so much and will miss him terribly. Love and prayers to the entire family.
Hello to all the Schusters!
What a wonderful blessing to be a part of a family led by a father who loved and cherished his relationship with each one of you! May God bless and give you peace through this time of loss and transition ... and may you smile your way through so many amazing memories.
Love, Angie and Brian Van Sluys
Ruhe in Frieden, lieber Emil.
Emil was in Teri Meyer's rec department exercise class with me on Monday & Wednesdays at Cooper School. Such a nice man! Always had a smile on his face and a friendly 'hello'. His little red pickup truck always parked next to my car as we were always early to class. Please accept my sympathy. I am sorry for your loss. Penny Weber
We always admired Emil the years we knew him and now we know why. What a wonderful gentleman who did wonderful things we never knew about. We're so sorry we can't see him to say Good-Bye. Our condolences to Mary Jo and family! :-( May he rest in peace.
Bob and Doris Schmidt
For many many Years I took Rec Dept fitness classes with Emil. We often enjoyed sports talk and dining establishment comparisons as well as things happening in the city, I will miss him. He was an inspiration. My deepest sympathies on his passing .
Liebe Mary und Kinder!
Franz hat uns die traurige Nachricht vom Tod eures geliebten Emil und Papa überbracht. Wir fühlen mit euch und wünschen euch viel Kraft in dieser schweren Zeit
Unser aufrichtiges Mitgefühl
Andrea und Georg
Dearest Aunt Joey, Rodney, John, Carrie, Jo, and families,
Our loving prayers and thoughts of comfort are with you during this time. You are all so close in my heart. Love you all.
Susan and family
Thinking of you all at this sad time. Hugs to all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. I worked with Emil for many years at Curt Joa and spent time with him on the golf courses at Curt Joa as well as Town and Country. He will be greatly missed.
You were a good neighbor and will be missed by us and everyone who knew you.
We wish your family the best during this time.
I'm so sorry for your loss. love the Schuster family. We had so much fun together as kids. I always thought of you fondly through the years. Wish I would have kept up with the family more but love the memories of our youth. Love and miss you all.
Dearest Mary Jo and family,
You have our deepest sympathy. We will keep you in our heart and prayers.
Love Jim and Linda Fleck
So sorry to hear of Emil’s passing, I will think of you often Mary Joe as I know what loneliness is all about. Time heals but it’s so slow and things for me will never be the same, I still think of Donald every day even after all these months. God bless you. Marcia
Dear Mary Jo and Family..As we had talked yesterday, you are in our prayers and we will be with you in spirit during these sad days, especially on Thursday. Know that we care, Hugs Mary and Steve
mary jo as emil begins his eternal life may you be supported by your faith,family and friends. I have the privilege and pleasure of partnering with your son Rodney in the mission of catholic charities and look forward to some gift in memory of emil and in honor of you. after conferring with you and your family,i will be guided by Rodney.