May 17, 2019
Joan Mary Schaust, age 88 of Delano, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 at her home of 67 years. She was born on August 15, 1930 in Buffalo to Wilfred and Helen (Reintjes) Hance.
Joan was a graduate of the Buffalo class of 1947 and never missed a reunion. She married George Schaust in 1952 and they had seven children. Aside from being a homemaker, Joan was a leader of a Homemaker Extension group and active with her children in the Willing Workers 4-H Club.
Joan will be remembered for her love of beautiful sunsets and full moons, but mostly she will be remembered for the love she had for her family. She also enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, dancing with George to Polkas and Waltzes, flower gardening and spending time at the lake.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, sister Kathy Gnitka and sister-in-law Janet (Bauman) Hance. She is survived by husband of 67 years, George; children George Jr. (Gayle) Schaust, Ranee (Rick) Wagner, Lorri (Jeff) Otto, Randy (Dana) Schaust, Steve (Cindy) Schaust, Molly (Brian) Mellgren, Brian (Tammy) Schaust; 15 grandchildren Heather Daniels, Erica (Seth) Bossert, Andy Schaust, Keith Wagner, Brett Wagner, Ryan (Anne) Otto, Ashley (Adam) Meert, Hannah Schaust, Megan Schaust, Nicholas Mellgren, Kayla (Riley) Dalbey, Scott Mellgren, Allison Schaust, Trevor Schaust, Grace Schaust; 9 great grandchildren Aurora Daniels, Sam Daniels, Keyton Wagner, Abby Otto, Reese Otto, Liam Young, Kennedy Dalbey, Jackson Dalbey, Carter Mellgren; siblings Jerry (Dee) Hance, Estelle (Matt) Schaust, Rita (Arnold) Kunkel, Edward (Erva) Hance, Larry (Diane) Hance; brother-in-law Ralph Gnitka.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Visitation was Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. rosary service and 7:45 p.m. prayer service in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church. Visitation continued Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass, in Martha’s Hall. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.