Joan M. Schaust, 88

Joan Mary Schaust, age 88, of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday, May 17, 2019, at her home of 67 years.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

There will be visitation Tuesday, May 28 from 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 will continue Wednesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall, prior to the Mass.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Joan was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Buffalo, to Wilfred and Helen (Reintjes) Hance.

She was a graduate of the Buffalo High School class of 1947, and never missed a reunion.

Joan 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.

She 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.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Kathy Gnitka; and sister-in-law Janet (Bauman) Hance.

Joan is survived by her 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; and nine great-grandchildren Aurora Daniels, Sam Daniels, Keyton Wagner, Abby Otto, Reese Otto, Liam Young, Kennedy Dalbey, Jackson Dalbey, and Carter Mellgren.

She is further survived by her siblings, Jerry (Dee) Hance, Estelle (Matt) Schaust, Rita (Arnold) Kunkel, Edward (Erva) Hance, and Larry (Diane) Hance; and brother-in-law Ralph Gnitka.

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