Linda Schuster

1941 - 2013


Linda Schuster

May 18, 1941 — Dec. 18, 2013

Linda was born in Omaha, Neb., on May 18, 1941. Her family moved to Walla Walla in 1947. She attended school at St. Patrick Catholic School and graduated in 1959. She then attended Eastern Washington University, where she met her first husband, Kenneth E. Emry. They were married on Feb. 16, 1963. They raised their four children in Wenatchee.

She lost her first husband in 1981 due to illness; she continued to raise her children in Wenatchee. In 1989, she went back to Walla Walla for a high school reunion and reconnected with James E. Schuster. They were married on June 23, 1990, joining two families together with eight children, Sheila Schuster Proefrock (Dean), April Emry Lane (Dennis), Lisa Schuster Shelley, AJ Schuster (Darla), Mark Emry (Diana), Christina Emry Sparks, Melissa Emry and Matthew Schuster (Susan). The family continued to grow with 12 grandchildren, Brandy Proefrock Pettit (John), Josh Shelley, Nathan Shelley, Jennifer Proefrock, Hayden Lane, Katherine Sparks, Kenneth Emry, Kylie Schuster, Olivia Lane, Kendra Emry, Mattison Lane and Haley Emry.

She is survived by two sisters, Virginia Trout (Cliff), Juliann Moeller (Richard); one brother, William Pancake (Janie); brother-in-law, Jerry Schuster; sister-in-law, Lona Schuster; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Julia Pancake; first husband, Kenneth E. Emry; niece, Terri Moeller; mother-in-law, Catherine Schuster; brother-in-law, Frank Schuster; sister-in-law, Jackie Pancake; and nephew, William D. Pancake.

Linda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who put family first above all else. She loved to travel and get together with family and friends for card playing and celebrations. She will be remembered for her wonderful smile, laughter and “Bull Roar.”

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Walla Walla Community Hospice, Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

A family memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home followed by a celebration of Linda’s life at St. Francis Parish Hall, 722 W. Alder at 1 p.m.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at


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