Pam Schuster

April 16, 1946 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 74)


Pam Schuster, 74, of Canton, passed away February 13th. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, on  April, 16th, 1946 as daughter of the late Dorothea (Darling) Schuster (1988) and Henry Schuster (1995), also preceded in death by her sister Penny LaVigne (2017). She graduated in 1968 from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a BA in Chemistry. She then went to the University of Michigan and graduated with an MS in Nuclear Chemistry in 1971. Soon afterward, Pam furthered her education by doing post graduate work in nuclear science through the Chemistry Department at the University of Maryland. The Physics department there had a cyclotron facility and she did experimentation using that facility in preparation for a doctoral degree that she was unable to finish. In 1977 Pam was hired as a contractor by the government, and worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She worked there for 20 years as a scientific computer programmer/analyst on the software and data for the Cosmic Ray Experiments on board the Voyager-1,-2, Pioneer-10,-11, IMP-6,-7,-8, Helios-1,-2, and ISEE-3 satellites. She participated in the Voyager-2 Encounters with Uranus and Neptune with the Goddard team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Pasadena, California area. Because of health issues, Pam left her position at NASA in 1997 and moved to Louisiana where her sister Sally lived, then relocated to North Canton, Ohio along with her sister. Pam remained single all her life, yet joyfully testified to accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1972, a decision she said was the best decision she ever made. Pam got involved with a church in Maryland doing various things at different times. She was a bus captain, getting children to come to Sunday School and picking them up on Sundays, taught 4 and 5 year olds in Sunday School for several years, and played the piano for the adult choir for many years. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothea (Darling) Achuster (1988), her father Henry Schuster (1994), and her sister Penny LaVigne (2017). Pam is survived by her sister Sally (James) Fetty who currently resides in North Canton, Ohio with her family. No service will be held at this time.

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