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Joyce Elaine Schuster

Joyce Elaine Schuster

Joyce Schuster, 78, Mitchell, died Monday, November 4, 2013 after a brief illness with cancer at Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, November 9 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Private family burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm Friday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

She was born July 30, 1935 at Spencer, SD to Peter and Alma (Malm) Johnson. She grew up attending grade school in Spencer and then after moving to Mitchell, she graduated from Mitchell High School in 1954. She was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 35 years, working first as a telephone operator, then as a supervisor, finishing her career in the business office. In 1959 she married Robert Schuster. Joyce devoted her life to her family; raising her grandchildren and providing care for her sister, Arlene "Nene". She was an avid crafter and enjoyed sewing, card games and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna (Dave) Groon, four grandchildren: Jackie and Nick Haiar, Dani Schwebach, Christopher (Chantha) Schwebach, six great grandchildren: Xavier, Dimitri, Reilly, Isaac, Elijah and Noah, three sisters: June Zulk, Arlene Johnson, Marcelle (Harold) Wolf and one brother, LeRoy (Grace) Johnson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Debby Schwebach, grandson, Zachery Schwebach, three sisters: Mae Johnson, Gladys Johnson, and Tillie Theis, four brothers: Don, DeWayne, Dale and DeVere and husband Robert Schuster.