John Schuster passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 11, 2018, at the age of 91 years. He has been reunited with the love of his life of 66 years Phyllis, who predeceased him on February 23, 2016. John was also predeceased by his parents Frank and Anna Schuster; his brother Frank Schuster; in-laws, John & Daisy Michael, George Michael, Donald Michael, and Leila Birrell; and great-grandson Brody Rosner.
John is survived by his daughter Diane (Dale) Sommerfeldt; son, Rick (Gloria) Schuster; son Tim (Kelli) Schuster; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his in-laws, Irma Schuster, Betty Michael, Sherwood Birrell, and Kay & Joe Hershmiller, as well as cousins, many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
John was born on October 31, 1927 near Bataszek, Hungary to his German parents Frank and Anna Schuster. In May 1929, when he was one and a half years old, he moved to Canada with his parents to join his Grandpa who was already here. In 1942 when he was 14 years old, he quit attending school so he could start working. He continued the long days as a hard-working farmer with very few days off until he moved off the farm and into Saltcoats in 2011.
He was a very friendly and talkative man and always had a story to tell. He loved attending all activities that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved in, whenever he could. He always had time for one more game of crib. When kids would come to his house for a visit in Saltcoats he loved to give them chocolate and candy. Many have mentioned the good visits they have had with Johnny. If you live in Saltcoats you have likely seen him walking his dog Heidi, his dear friend and companion.
John and Phyllis were married on November 3, 1949 in Yorkton. Over the years when they weren’t busy farming, they liked to spend time traveling, going on camping and fishing trips, and having wiener roasts at the farm, which created many fond memories for everyone.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the excellent care received at the Lakeside Manor Care Home in Saltcoats where Johnny loved to visit his friends and then spend his final few weeks with them.
A Funeral Service will be held for John on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11:00 am from the Christie's Funeral Home in Yorkton with Sarah Giles officiating.
Interment will follow in the Yorkton Memorial Gardens.
A light lunch will be served following the service.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of John may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Charity of One's Choice.
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Saskatchewan
1738 Quebec Ave Unit 26, Saskatoon SK S7K 1V9