Ila Schuster

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Ila Kay (Summers) Schuster,  Fargo, N.D. died April 8, 2011 at Sanford Health, Fargo.

Ila was born on August 22, 1938 in Carrington, N.D. to Harry and Inez (O'Hara) Summers.  She grew up in Carrington, N.D. and graduated with the class of 1956.  After high school she worked at the Carrington Hospital before moving to Fargo, N.D. where she worked as a phone operator.  On August 8, 1959, she married Nicholas F. Schuster and together they raised their family.  She returned to work for the Fargo Public School System as a special ed  aide for many years.

Ila is survived and will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Mary Schuster, Fargo, N.D., Laurie (Scott Dale), Casselton, N.D.,  her seven sons, Brad (Jeannie), Conroe, TX, Nicholas Jr.(Marci), Fargo, ND,  Neil (Ronda), Champlin, MN, John, Fargo, ND, James (Jennifer), West Fargo, ND, Joseph (Karmen), Elk River, MN, and Michael, Grand Forks, ND, her beloved sister DeLaine (Richard) Kuebler, Fargo, ND, her much loved grandchildren, Randy Olson, Alan and Ryan Dale, Maggie, Claudia, Courtney, Taylor, Lindsey, Nicole, Mia, Nathaniel, Wyatt, Sydney, Addisyn, Avery, and Dylan Schuster, her  sister-in-law, MaDonna (Bob) Treadway, Anacortes, WA,  her brother-in-laws Sylvester (Elvie) Schuster, Minot, ND, Art Freeman, Carrington, ND  and many much loved nephews  and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Nicholas, her sisters, Faye Sorvik, Marie Busch, and Lois Freeman,  her brother , John Summers, and her brother and sister-in-laws,  Bud Sorvik, Robert Busch, Roderic  and Kay Schuster, and Delores Willey.

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  1. Missoula MontanaOn behalf of Faye’s children and grandchildren I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ila’s family. We just learned of her passing and are very saddened by this. You are all in our prayers.

  2. WINNIPEG MANITOBANeil – My condolences to your and your family on the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers!

    God Bless,

  3. Bellevue NebraskaI remember Ila babysat Randy and me when we were little. She was such fun. My prayers go out to her family during their sad time.

  4. Hillsboro ND
    Laurie & family, We felt so bad to hear of you mothers passing we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

    John, Teri Krisitn, Rachel, Nicholas

  5. moorhead mnIla & I met in the 50’s when we worked @ NWB, she was always a Kind, Caring, & Loving friend. Always interested in what you were doing, we had many good laughs !! Ila will be missed@ our cards every month & always.

  6. Ila was one of a kind. The kids in the EBD program she worked in were lucky to have her. She was a great lady and she will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of lose.

  7. There are a million things that come to mind when I think of Ila…. Everything from watching Judge Whapner with her to giving her heck about fumigating the whole house with Raid. There are a million great stories about her and some of the things she said still make me crack up laughing. What sticks in my mind most, however, is her open arms how she always did her best to take care of her own. Whether it be family or friends, I have never known Ila as someone who didn’t watch out for those around her.

    I am really going to miss our time together Aunt Ila and I appreciate all that you have done for me.

  8. Webster ND
    To the Family of Ila,
    I never got to know Ila very well, but I do remember she was humorous, and fun to be around. All the laughter came from the part of the room she was in. Rest in Peace Ila!
    Connie (Summers) Jones

  9. Fargo ND
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Ila was a wonderful woman and a loving mother to a devoted family. The memories you will treasure forever will keep her alive in your hearts. She is dancing in heaven laughing and smiling. Hugs, prayers and love to you all! God Bless – Steve and Cindy Murdock

  10. Minot ND
    It’s been a while since I last saw your mom, but my memories of her center around the seemingly constant flow of family and friends at the house and how she made everyone feel welcome. What a special lady – you were all blessed.

  11. Fargo ND
    The angels are laughing hysterically…..Ila has arrived… of the funniest people on the planet and a huge heart that could give the angels’ lessons …
    She had a home filled with love and laughter and family.
    The world is in mourning today for a great Democrat has past and how we need those great Democrats with us. She gave much to the Party precinct work and helping her husband and son run for office. She worked those state conventions and always ready to help.
    I can still see her standing on the playground engaging with the children with love and laughter. Those are the two words I remember when I think of Ila….love and laughter.

    Though the tears of sadness never cease, I prayer for you the tears of laughter as you remember the happy times shared. God gave us memories so we might have roses in December.

    God’s blessings of patience, wisdom, courage, and strength and much laughter for each new day.

    Would like to be at the services but will have you in my hearts.

  12. Fargo North Dakota
    In the late 1990’s or early this century, Ila asked me a question. It was, “Are you working?”, to which I replied, “Well yea, sort of.”, then she said, “Good. you can buy us lunch.”, (i.e. her and DeLaine).

    I never did buy those girl’s lunch, yet responsible for providing food, for thousands of folks.

  13. Barnesvillle MN
    Ila was like a second mother to me if i ever had a problem she always lended an ear,I grew up in a small town(kindred) and when when i was growing up I always wanted to go to the Schusters a house where you could be who ever you wanted to be. my childhood memories were always centerd around this amazing family. godbless you all.

  14. Barnesville MN
    Our family will miss Ila in so many ways. She had a knack to pull family together in a loving way and opening her home to everyone. We will miss her dearly.

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