Blanche Schneider passed away peacefully in Prescott, Arizona on July 1, 2014 at the age of 92. Blanche was born May 10, 1922 to Ahler & Grace Hulcher and was raised in Virden, Illinois where she also raised her family. She was married to Gordon Van Buskirk and had two daughters Connie and Patti. She was an active member of the communities in which she lived where she volunteered for the Virden Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the ladies Penuckle Club, the Eastern Star, 25 years for the Girl Scouts of America, the Jerseyville United Church of Christ, as well as many other community activities.
Widowed in 1971, she married Fred O. Schneider in 1979 and resided in Jerseyville for 31 years until his passing in February, 2012. They enjoyed their families and friends, entertaining, golf, and international travel. Due to health issues, Blanche moved from the loving care of Jerseyville Nursing & Rehab to the Highgate Retirement Center in Prescott AZ to be close to her daughter, Connie, and her family three years ago.
Blanche is survived by her daughter Connie Perry of Prescott Valley, AZ, grandson Dr. Jeffrey Perry, wife Lori, and their sons Michael, Wyatt and Owen of Chandler AZ; and granddaughter Lonette Kissel, her husband Chris, and their sons Nicholas, Benjamin and Matthew of Prescott; and granddaughters Nancy Jo and Mandy. She is also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Also surviving her are step-son Bill Schneider, wife Mary, children Madeline and Allen of Litchfield, Il, step-daughters Carolyn Schneider of Collinsville, Il and Tracy Sedgwich, husband Brian, and sons Kyle, Kendall and Kevin of Park City, Utah.
Mrs. Schneider was preceded in death by her husband Fred O. Schneider, grandson J.W. Stewart, brothers Norman E. Hulcher, Melvin L. Hulcher and sister Bernice (Mrs. Dale) Ball.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m., Tuesday until time of funeral services at 1 p.m., at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Rev. Ted Engelsdorfer will officiate.
Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.
Memorials may be given to the Peace United Church of Christ in Jerseyville.