Nancy Ruth Schuster, 79

Nancy Ruth Schuster, 79, a resident of Manchester Heights in Grafton, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

Nancy was born on Aug. 9, 1932, and lived with her parents, Eleanore and Charles Domstrich, and sister, June, at the Miller Apartments in Milwaukee. She attended West Division High School where she met her husband, John. They married and went on to have six wonderful children.

Nancy later worked outside the home at Briggs & Stratton for 15 years, and then a variety of places, wearing "many hats" along the way. Her last job as a rehab tech brought her the most joy and she missed her co-workers and patients after retirement.

No matter where she worked or lived, Nancy made many friends along the way. She was outspoken but kind, and loved to be the life of the party. She was well-known for her spot on "Impersonation of Judy Garland," singing "Some-where over the Rainbow" while using a jump rope for a microphone.

Nancy’s greatest passion was being a loving mother, grandmother and recently, a great-grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her world and she would do anything she could to support them, make them laugh or just show how important they were to her. Her only daughter, Nancy Jr., a.k.a. "Missy," was lucky enough to be Nancy’s best friend, confidant, daily phone buddy, driving companion and later, loving caretaker. They spent many wonderful times together, going to fairs, her grandchildren’s events, shopping, out to eat and driving to farms to get her favorite garden peas and watching many parades over the years, especially her favorite, the marching bands.

Nancy was an avid Packers fan, loved to bowl, garden, eat, smoke, watch TV, talk, read the paper, cook and garden. She also loved fish and elephants. She lived a wonderful life, and even with all the pain she suffered, she tried her best to never leave this world. She was the strongest person we ever knew and her strength, love of life, and beautiful smile is what we will remember the most.

She was preceded in death by her beloved mom, Eleanore Domstrich; step-father, Charles Domstrich; father of her children, John H.

Schuster Jr.; and her sweet grandson, Timmy.

She will be deeply missed by her loving sons, John "Tripp," Kurt (Jeri), Bobby (Claire), Brian (Jeni) and Gregg (Kathie), and her only daughter and best friend Nancy "Missy" (Michael) Stoehlker. She is further survived by her 15 beloved grandchildren, Jonathan (Merideth) Schuster, Meghan (Wade) Kriekaard, Jessica (Aaron) Povenz, Amber Schuster, Stephanie (Chris) Eck, Sarah Schuster, Sam Schuster, Matthew Schuster, Andrew (Katie) Schuster, Aaron (Geralyn) Schuster, Hannah (fiancé Patrick) Schuster, Becca Schuster, Joshua Schuster, Eric Schuster and her "little poochka," Amanda Stoehlker; and three precious great-grandchildren, Stella Schuster, Brayden Eck and Everleigh Schuster; her loving sister, June Kaiser; her dearest niece, Pammy (Larry) Simon; her dear brother and sister in law, Frank and Mar Urban; and other loving relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Bunting, and all his staff, for their kind, patient care of Nancy over the years. We also would like to thank the staff of Lasata Care Center, and Heartland Hospice for their loving, patient care of our very spirited mom.

If you would like, memorials to the family are appreciated to be used for a future need at Lasata in Nancy’s memory. Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory has served the family.

A celebration of Nancy’s life was held on April 9, 2012, at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg. Private entombment was at Wisconsin Memorial Park on April 10, 2012.

Our wonderful memories of you will see us through, Mama. ’Till we meet again.