Joyce Elaine Schuster


July 30, 1935 - November 4, 2013


Joyce Elaine Schuster 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.


Friday, November 8, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff
Mitchell, South Dakota


Private Family Graveside Service
Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kim (Hanson) Dean on November 12, 2013
Donna- I was saddened to learn of your Mother's passing through my mom, Jeree. It's been over forty years ago, our youthful, carefree childhood days spent in the old two story house in Mitchell and your home just a short walk across the alley. I still recall playing dolls in the basement of your home many times, and your Mom and Grandma were so kind and welcoming. Mom recalled you riding to the hospital with Dad and I in the Volkswagon, when I broke my arm in the backyard of our house. Treasured memories for sure, I pray you are doing well. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent, we lost Dad seven months ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Kim (Hanson) Dean
Posted by Jennifer Johnson VanLuchene on November 9, 2013
My heart and soul is so saddened by the passing of Aunt Joyce. I was blessed to have her as an aunt and I will cherish the many memories I have of her. From our family vacations back to So. Dak. to the trip to my house in Billings, she always made it memorable. She was "One special Swedish Dish". She loved to make jokes and laugh and cared about everyone in this large family. Aunt Joyce's presence will be deeply missed. I wish I could have made the trip back to Mitchell to see all. Just know my heart and prayers will be with all of you. With deepest sympathy and love, Jennifer
Posted by Karen Spelbring on November 6, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joyce....I worked with her @ the telephone company and needless to say, she was a joy to work with and to know. I have lost track of her over the years and had no idea where she was residing or would have loved to see her again. Marcy, I forget that you and Joyce are sisters...Hope to make it to one of her services and have a chance to visit. I will always remember Joyce with some very fun memories! Love to all of you, Karen
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