Born May 29, 1915 in Suring, to John F. and Cecelia (Mathys) Schuster, she was baptized at St. Michaels Catholic Church and graduated from Suring High School in May of 1933. As a young girl, she helped her mother cook at Camp Tivoli on Shawano Lake. In the fall of 1934, she went to Green Bay at the invitation of the Norbertine Fathers to work in the Columbus Club Grill as a waitress. In November of 1939, she worked for Harold Booth of the Central Drug Store in the Bellin Building. She married Russell W. Mott at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay on Oct. 3, 1940. On Nov. 19, 1942, her husband went into the military service and the next day she started working at the YMCA in the cafeteria as a waitress. She worked there for 28 years until the age of 55, retiring on May 29, 1970.
A longtime member of St. Joseph Parish, Altar Rosary Society and American Legion Auxiliary, joining in 1947, the couple were avid bowlers and assisted with tournaments and measuring lanes. After retirement she enjoyed helping elderly people with cleaning, baking and yard work and also loved to bake cookies and bars, sharing them with family and friends.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Dave Paulson, Rochester, Minn.; two step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews and extended family, including former son-in-law and dear friend, Steve DeRuyter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; parents; brothers, Melvin (Elsie) Schuster and Harold (Verna) Schuster and a sister, Loella (Charles) Guenzel.
Friends called at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Green Bay, from 9:30 a.m. until time of The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Rev. John H. Harper and Rev. William J. Stengel concelebrated. Entombment was in the Allouez Catholic Mausoleum. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established for Unity Hospice in her name.
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