Robert Charles Schuster, Edgerton, WI/formerly Chicago and Glenview, IL (1939-2014)
April 8, 1939 - August 27, 2014
Robert Charles Schuster, age 75, of Edgerton, WI, formerly of Chicago, and Glenview, IL, passed away on Aug. 27, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Dubuque, IA. Bob was born April 8, 1939, to George and Genevieve (Charles) Schuster. He married Patricia Ackermann on Sept. 17, 1960, at St Benedict’s Catholic Church in Chicago IL. She preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 1995. He married Janet Hutchinson (Fish) on Sept. 28, 1996, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Edgerton, WI. Bob was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He graduated from DePaul Academy in 1957, and attended classes at DePaul University. Bob was employed at Empire Butter & Egg Company of Chicago, the business originally founded by his father, where he became co-owner with his brother until his retirement. While living in Chicago, Bob was active in the Neighborhood Boys Club, the Knights of Columbus, and also actively enjoyed golf, bowling, and softball. He was very generous to his family, friends, and organizations he believed in.
Upon retiring, Bob moved to Edgerton, WI, where he built his dream home overlooking the Rock River. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Edgerton, and enjoyed playing Bridge at the Janesville Senior Center. He also enjoyed traveling, including camping trips out West in his younger days and cruises in more recent years. He loved the annual family vacation with his daughter and grandchildren to a cabin on a lake in Minnesota, where he taught each of his grandchildren to water ski. Bob was the Dad/Grandpa that could fix and build almost anything. He was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed remodeling homes, building cabinets for his daughter’s home, and doing scroll saw work. He enjoyed giving his many beautiful scroll saw projects to his family and friends; these are gifts that will be forever treasured.
Bob is survived by his wife, Janet; his daughter, Chris Vondra of Dubuque, IA; grandchildren: Nicole, Brett and Jamie Vondra; five step-children: John (Cheri Brown) Hutchinson of Janesville, Jean (John) Stillmank of Madison, WI, Jim (Kelly) Hutchinson of Oconomowoc, WI, Joe (Kim) Hutchinson of Janesville, WI, and Jay (Suzann) Hutchinson of Greenville, WI; 12 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Richard (April) Schuster of Inverness, IL; and his sister, Cathryn (Tony) Martino of Frederick, MD; one brother-in-law, Jerry (Lou) Fish of Naperville, IL. He will also be missed by nieces and nephews who loved him very much. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Joe Vondra.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, Edgerton, with Father David Timmerman officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the EHLERT FUNERAL HOME, US HWY 51 N, Edgerton, from Noon until the procession leaves for Mass at 1:45 p.m. Condolences may be expressed at ehlertfuneralhome.com
Memorials may be given to Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, IL, or a charity of choice.