George Edward Schaust, age 89, of Delano, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 4, 2019, at his home of 67 years, surrounded by family.
He was born March 3, 1930, in Franklin Township, to Anthony and Elizabeth (Pogreba) Schaust, alongside his twin sister, Genevieve.
George was a graduate of the Delano High School class of 1948.
He married Joan Mary Hance in 1952, and they had seven children.
George was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He farmed most of his life, put in 20 years working at the Delano Public Schools, and in retirement, he worked at the Rockford Town Hall for another 20 years.
A devoted Catholic, he was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peter’s Church. His love for his family made him a strong provider, who always put others before himself. Anyone who knew George can remember his love for dancing, his country, and his faith. His family feels at peace now that he and his wife of 67 years are enjoying dancing together again in heaven.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Mary (Hance) Schaust, who died May 17, 2019; his parents, Anthony and Elizabeth (Pogreba) Schaust; his siblings, Matilda (John) Florek, Leona (George) Fake, Anthony Schaust, Betty (Rich), Gabrelcik, Joseph Schaust, and Loren (Dorothy) Schaust; and brothers-in-law Glen Litfin and Bob Farniok.
He is survived by his children: George Jr. (Gayle) Schaust, Ranee (Rick) Wagner, Lorri (Jeff) Otto, Randy (Dana) Schaust, Steve (Cindy) Schaust, Molly (Brian) Mellgren, and 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, and 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.
He is further survived by his siblings, Arlene Litfin, Genevieve Farniok, Leonard (Maxine) Schaust, and Matt (Estelle) Schaust; and sisters-in-law Deloris Schaust and Lorraine Schaust.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
There was visitation Wednesday, July 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, with a 3:30 p.m. rosary, and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation continued Thursday at the church, from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.