Aston, PA — Sister Jacqueline Schuster, OSF, died in Assisi House on March 5. She was ninety-six years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for seventy-three years. Sister Jacqueline (Anna Julia Schuster) was born in Camden, New Jersey, where she was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1931, she graduated from Camden Commercial College and worked for several years as a typist for New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden. Sister Jacqueline earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She ministered primarily in elementary education, teaching grades 2-5. She also taught CCD and enjoyed visiting the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. In later years she worked as a librarian and as a teacher aide. Her leisure activities included reading and crocheting. She loved flowers and enjoyed working in the garden.
Sister Jacqueline began her many years in education in the Diocese of Allentown. She taught at Sacred Heart School (1931-1932) and at St. Francis School (1933-1939).
Sister Jacqueline ministered for thirty-three years in the Diocese of Wilmington. She taught at St. Mary School (1948-1952); St. Peter School, New Castle (1952-1960); St. Paul School (1963-1964); St. John the Beloved School (1964-1967); and Corpus Christi School (1967-1976). From 1989-1997, after she retired, she lived at Our Lady of Fatima Convent.
Sister Jacqueline’s fifteen years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included teaching at All Saints School in Bridesburg (1939-1943) and St. Bonaventure School (1943-1944). From 1997-2001 she lived at St. Agnes Medical Center Convent and volunteered in the Accounting Office. In 2001 she moved to Assisi House in Aston where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Jacqueline also worked as a librarian in later years. From 1976-1981, she ministered at St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 1981-1989 she served at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Additional ministry in the field of education included teaching at St. Joseph School, Raritan, New Jersey (1944-1948), and at St. Joseph School, Fullerton, Maryland (1960-1963).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Friday, March 9. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M., followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Jacqueline is survived by her nieces, nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.