Erich O. Schuster, 78, manager for VolkswagenErich O...

July 12, 1998

Erich O. Schuster, 78, manager for Volkswagen

Erich O. Schuster, a native of Germany and longtime regional service manager for Volkswagen of America, died Thursday of lung cancer at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. A former resident of Oakleigh Forest in Severna Park, he was 78.

Born in Leipzig, Mr. Schuster graduated from the Air Force College in Germany before coming to the United States in 1957 to set up Volkswagen dealerships. His first assignments were at Midwestern regional offices in St. Paul and St. Louis.

In 1965, he moved to Maryland and settled in Severna Park, becoming regional service manager for the mid-Atlantic region. He retired in 1985.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Katarina Link; a daughter, Christine K. Schuster of Arnold; a son, Holger E. Schuster of Pearl River, La.; and a grandson.

Joseph G. Luber, 57, coached Little League

Joseph G. Luber, a devoted Little League manager and coach, died of cancer Friday at his home in Ellicott City. He was 57.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Luber attended Mount St. Joseph High School and played basketball for the St. Joseph's Monastery team, before graduating from the city's Southern High School.

He was a sales associate for Koch Homes Inc. from 1994 until he became ill from a rare bone marrow cancer in 1997. He was an assistant manager for the Penn Fruit Co. from 1959 to 1972, and a district manager for the Tasty Baking Co. from 1972 to 1994.

He served as a manager and coach for the past 12 years for the Edmondson Recreation Council.

"Life could not be more simple and yet more rewarding than it was for Joe -- a loving and caring man, particularly when it came to kids," said his brother, Frank J. Luber Jr. of Ellicott City, a radio show host at WCBM-AM. "Joe knew how to connect with kids, both on and off the field."

His life centered upon simple things: Friday-night bowling, gardening, model-railroading and family -- especially his seven grandchildren, his brother said.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

In addition to his brother and grandchildren, survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Patricia O'Connor; another brother, John G. Luber of Finksburg; a son, Steven Luber of Abingdon; and a daughter, Kimberly Ann Shaw of Eldersburg.

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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