Mathias Stephen “Matt” Schaust Sr., age 86, passed away peacefully at Haven Homes in Maple Plain Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, with family by his side.
Private memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Attendance will be limited to immediate family only.
A celebration of life will be open to the public Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Delano City Hall, 234 North 2nd St., Delano, MN (with social distancing measures in place).
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
He was born July 16, 1934, to Anthony Sr. and Elizabeth (Pogreba) Schaust in Franklin Township, MN.
Matt was united in marriage to Estelle Hance Feb. 25, 1952, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. They raised seven children. Matt often referred to them as his basketball team bookended by his cheerleaders.
In their early years, Matt was a farmer; both in Delano and later (1964) in Hollywood Township, where they operated a dairy farm they named “The Milky Way.” In 1972, they moved to Watertown, where Matt would end his farming career and begin working in the hospitality industry.
Matt spent many years working as a bar manager in Wayzata, Maple Plain, Fairfax, and Perham. Matt knew how to bring in customers with his friendly and welcoming personality.
In 1996, Matt took a job as caretaker for the Bedor estate on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. It was during these years that Matt was able to enjoy lake life. He and Estelle loved fishing, and the family all loved getting together for a fish fry.
In 2007, Matt and Estelle moved to Mill Pond Gables in Champlin, where he enjoyed his retirement years and developed more friendships. He was always up for a game of cards or an afternoon of bingo.
When Matt started having health challenges and needed more support, he and Estelle moved back home to Delano.
Matt had many hobbies, but none of which he loved more than softball. Matt started his softball career in 1959, playing on a team with three of his brothers, nephews, and several men who became lifelong friends. Matt finished his career in 1980, playing on a team with all five of his sons.
Matt loved to spend time with his family enjoying picnics, moon parties, softball games, fishing, playing cards, music, and dancing.
Matt was an organized person and a cleaner. You would never find trash in a garbage can or a dirty floor in his presence. His barns and bars gleamed.
Matt will be loved and remembered for his work ethic, the way he enjoyed life; his positive attitude, and for the love he had for his family, faith, and friends. If Matt had just one piece of advice for us, it might be to “Make friends along the way.”
Matt was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony Sr. and Elizabeth Schaust; infants, Mary, and David; adult son, Mathias Schaust Jr.; siblings/their spouses: Matilda and John Florek; Leona and George Fake Sr.; Anthony Schaust Jr.; Elizabeth and Richard Gabrelcik; Loren Sr. and Dorothy Schaust; Joseph Schaust Sr.; George Sr. and Joan Schaust; Leonard Sr. and Maxine Schaust; brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law: Glen Litfin; Ambrose Farniok; Kathleen Gnitka; Rita Kunkel; Ed Hance, and Janet Hance.
Matt is survived by his wife, Estelle, of 68 years; children and spouses: Lynn and Randy Wendt; Michael and Lori Schaust; Ed and Mary Jo Schaust; John and Barb Schaust; Dennis Schaust; Becky and Jim Bakken; grandchildren: Kristine and Jake; Sarah, Jason. and Amy; Jesse and Sammi; Eric and Morgan; Will and Zoey; Sydney, Kate, Robb, and Rachelle; Keely and Ryan; Cameron and Shelby; Randi and Cory; and David; great-grandchildren: Carter, Carmyn, Conner, Abbi, Cooper, Kaiden, Kyilee, Aubree, Rue, Wren, Eliason, Evelynn, and Macallan; sisters: Arlene Litfin, Genevieve Farniok; sisters-in-law/brothers-in-law: Delores Schaust; Lorraine Schaust; Ralph Gnitka; Jerry and Dee Hance; Arnie Kunkel; Erva Hance; and Larry and Diane Hance.