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Fred Luder Schuster

Fred Luder Schuster, age 79 of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital.

Fred was born April 26, 1922, at Hudson, Wis., to Otto and Catherine (Luder) Schuster. He grew up in Hudson and attended school there.

When Fred was 17, he went to Madison, Wis., to live with his aunt, Barbara Thorkelson. After high school, he went to work at the Ray-O-Vac Battery factory in Madison.

On May 23, 1942, Fred married Eleanore Charlotte Stauffacher in Minneapolis. The Rev. Phillip Gregory married the couple.

Fred entered the United States Army in December 1942. He served in the 37th Division of the 129th Infantry, Regimental Headquarters, and was stationed in the Philippines as a radio operator.

In 1963, Fred and Eleanor purchased the Uptown Pet Shop in Minneapolis. Fred retired in 1972.

The family moved to Howard Lake in 1971.

Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was especially good at woodworking, and liked to build furniture.

Fred played cribbage and had a daily game with his friend, Whitie. They kept score by the year, and Fred usually won.

He also belonged to a hunting club that hunted annually in Montana.

At the time of his death, Fred had reached the age of 79 years, one month, and four days.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor of Howard Lake; a daughter, Fritzine (Gene) Madzo of Vergas, Minn.; a son, Mark (Mary) Schuster of Howard Lake; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by a brother, Edwin of Buffalo; sisters, Kathleen of New Brighton, Marjorie of Colfax, Wisc., Barbara of Bloomington, and Edna of Buffalo; and a very close friend, Marvin (Whitie) Robertson of Howard Lake.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda; a granddaughter, Michelle; and 15 brothers and sisters.

Memorial services were Tuesday, June 5, 1 p.m., from the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake. Lunch followed at the Community Room, Howard Lake.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.

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