Shirley T. Schuster

Shirley T. Schuster died on October 1, 2020 in Harpswell, Maine. 

(The following was published by the Portland Press Herald on October 7, 2020)

Shirley Schuster, 87, passed peacefully at home on Thursday, October 1, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 15, 1932, to Katherine and Charles Tyndall of Poughkeepsie, NY. Shirley graduated from Poughkeepsie High School where she was a member of the Honor Society, and participated in local radio. She attended Oneonta State Teachers College with her lifelong friend, Ruthie (Williams) Maher, and later graduated from Krissler Business School. On July 12, 1953 she married Dean Schuster and raised two daughters, Kathy and Lynne, in Hyde Park, NY. Shirley enjoyed a successful career as an administrative assistant having worked at Central Hudson, St. James Episcopal Church, and Bowdoin College. Shirley and Dean spent summers in Harpswell, eventually moving to Maine permanently in 1978. Shirley loved her family, friends and pets deeply, and was a talented gardener and artist. She was generous, kind and blessed with a great sense of humor. She loved to tell stories, such as the time she bought a Christmas tree on her lunch hour only to realize when she returned to work at Bowdoin, the attendant had tied the rope so she was trapped inside her car. Rolling down her window, she called out for assistance and felt relief until she realized it was the Dean of Faculty who had come to her rescue. She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband of 63 years, Dean; and many aunts and uncles. She is survived by daughters Kathy Lynch, Lynne (Mark) McGhee; grandson Jonathan McGhee; nieces and nephews Jeff (Maria) Gardiner, David Gardiner, Andrea (John) Ulrich, their wonderful children; and Shirley’s loyal companion, her beloved cat Scotty.

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