|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1971|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2007|
Victim in the Nebraska Mall shooting.
Angella "Angie" Schuster moved in with her fiance, Greg O'Neil, just last month.
He intended to give his tall, thin, dark-haired beauty a wedding ring to make it official on Christmas — or maybe a few days early, to catch her off-guard.
Their plans for a life together ended Wednesday, when Schuster, a manager in the girls department on Von Maur's third floor, was gunned down at work.
"She was wonderful, gorgeous," O'Neil said this morning, choking through his tears. "The most loving, dedicated, committed, just everything — just beautiful in every way. She was my soul mate."
Schuster, 36, was born on Valentine's Day, said her older sister, Donna Kenkel.
She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1989.
She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and art.
Kenkel said her sister taught as a substitute but didn't find a full-time teaching position that suited her. Schuster moved in with Kenkel and her family in Omaha shortly after graduating from college.
Kenkel said her sister loved children. She doted on her nephew and two nieces — and on O'Neil's daughter, Megan — showering them with gifts from the stores where she worked. Kenkel said Schuster had worked at Carter's, the baby's and children's outlet store in Gretna, and at the J.C. Penney store in Oak View Mall before joining Von Maur more than six years ago.
That's about when O'Neil met her. He used to work at Von Maur, too. The pair had been dating about a year and a half.
O'Neil's mother, Sandy O'Neil, said Schuster had been part of the family for more than a year — eating supper with them several nights a week and even going on vacation with the whole gang.
"She was so sincere and so real and so caring and loving and so nonjudgmental," said Sandy O'Neil. "She was just the most wonderful person in the world."
Besides Kenkel, Schuster is survived by a younger sister, Brenda Schuster of Norfolk. Their parents are deceased.
Kenkel said that memorial service dates and details were still being determined but that a funeral might be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, where Schuster had worshipped with O'Neil.
By Nichole Aksamit of the Omaha World-Herald
Angella C. "Angie" Schuster, age 36. Preceded in death by parents, Donald J. and Annabelle L. Schuster. Survived by sisters and brother-in-law, Donna A. and Jeffrey M. Kenkel, of Omaha, Brenda L. Schuster, of Norfolk, NE; nieces, Eleanor and Lindsey Kenkel; nephew, Nathan Kenkel; fiance, Greg O'Neil, of Omaha, and his daughter, Meghan.
SERVICES Tues 10am, St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. WAKE SERVICE Mon 7pm, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Memorials to the NE Feline Assoc., Diabetes Assoc., or Lydia House. VISITATION Mon 2-4pm, Pacific St. Chapel then after 6:15pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Church.
Created by: Denny Jackson
Record added: Dec 06, 2007
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