MASURY, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – The Shenango Valley has gone through many ups and downs over the years. Reflecting back on a time when the region was booming, many fondly remember John Schuster’s Steak House as a landmark of excellent food, fine service and good spirits. It was a place where families could gather and celebrate special occasions, a place that felt sophisticated yet maintained a warm and friendly family atmosphere.

Marianne Schuster, who passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022, was a pivotal figure in maintaining the vision and excellence of that historic landmark. Much as area residents recently mourned the dismantling of John Schuster’s Steak House as indicative of the passing of an era, Marianne’s family and friends will greatly mourn her passing.

On November 1, 1970, John and Marianne Schuster took over as active directors of Schuster’s Steak House from the original owner, John Schuster, Sr. While co-managing the restaurant Marianne had a strong vision of what she wanted and would settle for nothing less than excellence in food, décor, and service. She baked four fresh pies daily for the restaurant while hiring, training and supervising staff and serving as bookkeeper.

She was noted for her stylish outfits, crisply creased pants and beautifully styled hair; she was always a vision of elegance and grace. Marianne was voted “Best Dressed” during her senior year in high school and continued her love of couture throughout her life. For most of her life she enjoyed the company of several of her high school classmates, called “The Club.” For 70-plus years, this close-knit group of girlfriends would meet regularly for dinners out, laughter and a bit of social gossip.

She was a hard worker who began working in earnest at age 15, washing dishes in a local Farrell, Pennsylvania tea room. Following high school graduation, she was proud to support the war effort during World War II by working in the office of a local steel mill. She would frequently reminisce that she was so well thought of as a hard worker that the mill office held the position for her until she graduated from high school. Her strong work ethic remained throughout her life as, even in her 90s, she frequently rued having retired and wished that she could work with the public again.

Marianne was a devoted Catholic. She was a long-time member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Farrell, Pennsylvania and St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Masury, Ohio, prior to joining St. Patrick’s Church in Hubbard, Ohio.

Her faith, family and Slovak heritage were all very important to her. To celebrate holidays, she made traditional Slovak dishes such as stuffed cabbage, halushki, paprikash, kolach and cookies. She was a wonderful cook and baker and her family clamored for leftovers to take home.

Marianne overcame several major illnesses during her lifetime through sheer power of will. As a four-time cancer survivor she would encourage customers, friends, and acquaintances who might also be battling cancer to be positive, hopeful and seek out the best of medical care. She had real grit. She didn’t believe in compromise and was truly an indomitable spirit, fighting to the end.

Marianne Helen Holodnak Schuster, 96, of Masury, Ohio, is now reunited with her husband, John Richard Schuster, who predeceased her in 2019.

She was the loving mother of Cynthia Anne (Eric) Schuster Eakin of Bay Village, Ohio and Dr. Joneen Marie Schuster, Ph.D. of Masury, Ohio; cherished grandmother of Marah Anne Eakin (Andrew Morgan) and Judson Pierce Eakin and great-grandmother of Eugene Mark Morgan and Zella Anne Morgan.

She was the loving sister of the late John Holodnak (Nancy) of Orangeville, Ohio and the late Paul Bernard Holodnak of Masury, Ohio.

She was born May 27, 1926, in Farrell, Pennsylvania of John Holodnak and Anna (nee Lenart) Holodnak.

She graduated from Farrell High School in 1944.

She married John Richard Schuster in 1951.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, at www.Cancer.org.

All services will be private.

Interment will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

Arrangements are being handled by the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.

A television tribute will air Monday, November 21 at the following approximate times: 6:47 a.m. on WYTV, 9:43 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.