Marlys Haiar Schuster

Marlys Haiar Schuster


July 10, 1936 - November 29, 2022


Marlys Haiar Schuster, 86, of Mitchell, SD, went to her Heavenly home Tuesday, November 29, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 6, at RiverTree Church (formerly Mitchell Wesleyan Church) in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Monday from 5-8:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Marlys Ethel Green was born July 10, 1936, at her grandparents' farm SW of Mitchell, SD to Vyron and Edna (Ness) Green. The temperature that day was 116 degrees and her grandpa carried water from the well and threw it on the house to cool it off while Edna gave birth to Marlys.

Marlys went to school at Lisbon #20 until 9 years old when the family moved to a farm near Plano. Being the oldest of 4 girls, she was her father’s helper. He said, “she was the apple of his eye.”

Marlys attended Plano Consolidated School and graduated in 1955. God gave Marlys many talents. She was an accomplished seamstress and could sew anything from tailored suits to quilts. Marlys was the first 4-H girl to enter her wedding dress into the State Fair. She made her dress on her grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. It was made from satin that Justin brought back with him from Japan after he was discharged from the service.

On May 24th, 1956 she married Justin Haiar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell, SD. They farmed a mile west of Spencer, SD where their five children were raised. While living on the farm, Marlys worked as district manager for Sarah Coventry Jewelry, she was also very active on the farm and worked by Justin’s side. Justin and Marlys also invited pheasant hunters from other states to the farm where they housed and cooked for them. Even to this day, they are still like family and will come back to hunt and visit. As busy as she was on the farm, she even attended and graduated Maid of Scandinavia Cake decorating school. In 1975 they moved to Mitchell, SD due to Justin’s health. Shortly after the move, their son, Leonard, died in a tragic accident. To keep busy she opened up “The Cake Shoppe” where she made extravagant wedding cakes, and silk flower wedding arrangements which won many awards. She also traveled to surrounding towns and taught cake-decorating lessons. She taught floral arranging at North American School of Floral Design, and many of her students went on to work in their own flower shops. To better her business, she attended and graduated Dakota Wesleyan University with a Business Management Degree in 1985. Unfortunately, throughout this time, Justin’s health continued to decline, and he passed away in May of 1989. 

To cope with the loss of her husband, Marlys opened up “Creative Designs Flower Shoppe” and found a new joy in square dancing and frequented many dances in Mitchell and surrounding areas. She met Myron Schuster at a single’s square dance convention in Minnesota. On August 12, 1999, Marlys and Myron Schuster were married at the Methodist Church in Cadiz, Ohio. They built a house together in Ohio, and enjoyed their time traveling and visiting friends until Myron passed away March 2, 2005.

After Myron’s passing, Marlys continued many of her hobbies and talents which included cooking and baking. She entered many contests in that field and would frequently come out in the winner’s circle. She even received Honorable Mention in the National Bread Baking Contest for her heath bread recipe. In the summer and fall she spent a lot of time in the garden and was so proud to earn “yard of the month”. She enjoyed canning the harvest of her garden and loved sharing her harvest with others. She would always tell us “you’re closer to God in the garden than anywhere on earth”. She would tell Tina, “If you find me in the garden passed away, just know I died happy”.

She carried a unique lifetime of grief in her heart for the loss of her grandson, Cory, who passed away in 2007. When spending time together, they would discuss where the next rodeo was and Cory would always would say, “Grandma are you coming”. He will be there in heaven to greet her saying, “Grandma are you coming”

Marlys was a grandma to many children. At one time, one of her grandchildren, Casey, had a friend call her Grandma. Casey argued and said “no, that’s my Grandma!” after this disagreement they all had a discussion and it was agreed that Marlys would be “Pretend Grandma”. Even now, the big kids still call her “Grandma”. Marlys always looked forward to attending her grandchildren’s school activities, and religious programs.

Marlys was a member of the Red Hats, Plano Coffee Girls, and Secretary of the Plano Alumni.

Marlys is survived by her daughter, Justina “Tina” (Kevin) Carlson of Mitchell, SD; sons, Kevin Haiar of Sioux Falls, SD and Monte (Michele) Haiar of Fairfax, SD; 13 grandchildren: Christopher (Emily) Carlson, Casey (Brooklyn) Carlson, Connor Carlson, Justin Haiar, Edwin Morales, Karen Morales, Cody Haiar, Cami (Cody) Woodward, Kayla (Jason) Barnable, Josh (Casey) Haiar, Kimberlee (Cody) Schumacher, Kayleen LaDuke, and Kyle Haiar; 20 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, David Schuster, James Schuster, and Virginia Poston; and siblings: Verlyn (Jerry) Fees of Rapid City, SD, Carolyn (Don) King of Albuquerque, NM, and Marilyn (Wilbert) Roth of Mitchell, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Justin (1989), Myron (2005); sons, Gary (2020), Leonard (1975); grandson, Cory Haiar (2007); brother, Marvyn Green; and her parents, Vyron and Edna Green.



Monday, December 5, 2022
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, December 6, 2022
10:30 AM
RiverTree Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Mary Young on December 18, 2022
Ms. Marlys was my customer, at Walgreens. She reminded me of my grandma. Marlys thought so, too, when I showed her my grandma's picture. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Look down upon us, in love and light.
Posted by Dawn (Green) Tunny on December 8, 2022
Aunt Marlys's place was always so fun. She'd always say if I was going to stay there I had to help with chores. Being with the Haiar family was so fun, I LOVED the chores and being there. Such a fun family and I'm so sorry for their loss. Love, Dawn
Posted by Sheri Ness McCormick on December 6, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of coming to South Dakota in the summertime and seeing Marlys and the other kids on the farm! She was an amazing lady!
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on December 4, 2022
So sorry Tina, on the loss of your mom.
Posted by Jerry and Linda Ness on December 3, 2022
Going to miss you Cuz !
Posted by Charliel & Wanda Kobes on December 3, 2022
So sorry for this sad loss of a great lady !! We are sending you Big hugs and prayers for your loss !!!
Posted by Cheryl. Hofer on December 3, 2022
She taught me a lot she was a great foster sister and she will be missed deeply
Posted by Peggy Rassel on December 2, 2022
Such a sweet lady, she made my wedding cake. Prayers for the family
Posted by Charolette Peterson on December 2, 2022
Sorry for your loss!
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on December 2, 2022
I can remember taking cake decorating classes from Marlys in the kitchen of her home south of Mitchell. What fun it was! Marlys made it entertaining and she taught us a lot. We learned from a master cake decorator.
Posted by Dennis and Janice Welch on December 1, 2022
So sorry to hear of Marly’s passing. Sending our thoughts and Sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Davyd and Angie Titze on December 1, 2022
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother Marlys, Tina. We don't need to tell you she was an amazing person. She was talented at so many things. We learned so many things from her. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Pam Punt on December 1, 2022
Marlys, I have so many memories of your house also. Spending many nights with you teasing and loving all of us like your own. I tell everyone how you pierced my ears and made me my sweet 16 cake. you will be so missed. Prayers and hugs to your family.
Posted by Debra Hohn (Boggs) on November 30, 2022
My sincere sympathies to the family.
Posted by Laura Fredrickson-Sena on November 30, 2022
Marly's you will be missed so much. A lot of us girls shared amazing memories at your home. I remember your laughter. You never could keep a straight face when teasing us, your laugh alway gave you away. Thank you for the memories, my wedding cake, and sharing your heart. God gained an amazing angel. Prayers and hugs to your family. May you RIP
Posted by KIETH CARLSON on November 30, 2022
Posted by Nylaine on November 29, 2022
Oh Momma Marlys.It was such a privilege to know you.From the jewelry parties to try and teach me how to make roses for a cake,It never worked I just ate the frosting Oh the memories from Spencer to Mitchell.I could go on and on with fun at the Haiar House.RIP💔
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