Phyllis Schneck: Arizona shooting victim, widow, and great-grandmother
For the past decade, 79-year-old Phyllis Schneck has spent her winters in sunny Tucson, away from her home state of New Jersey. Eventually she became an Arizona resident, taking up with the town's robust community of retirees.
A widow who had been married to Edward Schneck for 56 years until his death, Schneck had been a homemaker, loved making crafts and remained devoted to her family. "She was a woman that got married in the early 1950s, and she did all of that June Cleaver stuff," Schneck's daughter Phyllis Rautenberg said fondly. "She loved Tucson and had lots of friends there, and spent lots of time at her church."
Schneck was not especially active politically, according to her daughter. "I don't know why she was there," Rautenberg said. According to the Wall Street Journal, another daughter, B.J. Offutt, said her mother admired Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-Ariz.) for her stance on border protection. The Trentonian described Schneck as a lifelong conservative, who voted for Giffords and went to meet her after receiving a robo-call about the event.
Schneck is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
| January 10, 2011; 8:14 AM ET
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