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Posted at 8:14 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Phyllis Schneck: Arizona shooting victim, widow, and great-grandmother

By Krissah Thompson
Phyllis Schneck
B.J. Offutt, daughter of Phyllis Schneck, holds up photos of her mother. (AP)
Phyllis Schneck
Phyllis Schneck (AP)

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.

By Krissah Thompson  | January 10, 2011; 8:14 AM ET
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Could the Washington Post please learn to spell Tucson, Arizona?

Posted by: richey1 | January 9, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mrs. Offutt, Mr. Schneck, and Mrs. Rautenberg

I doubt you will ever read this, and I know that even if you do, words will offer only hollow support to you during this time. However, I would still like to offer you this message, in the hope that it may bring you some small comfort during your heartache.

I am not smart enough to offer you wisdom, nor do I have the eloquence to phrase my condolences, but I would like to offer my prayers and the prayers of my family to yours. Your mother may be lost to us, but please know that she is not forgotten - that a nation mourns her passing, and that your country grieves with you.

Please take my condolences and my prayers and God be with you. The streets of heaven are crowded with angels, and I am sure your mother is in Good Hands

Posted by: nikbhat | January 11, 2011 4:09 AM | Report abuse

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