Virginia "Gin" Mae Schnicker, 83, of Burlington died at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born April 20, 1928 in Albia she was the daughter of Clarence and Fern Stewart Smith. On December 2, 1951 she married Harold Schnicker at Zion United Church of Christ in Burlington.
Mrs. Schnicker was a graduate of Washington High School. She worked for Burlington Power & Light and Sylvania. Over 25 years "Gin" and Harold owned and operated Harold's Donut Shop.
Mrs. Schnicker was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Burlington Quilting Club, Burlington Golf and Country Club and Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, bowling, square dancing, boating, her card clubs and antiquing. "Gin" was a very accomplished quilter as she made over fifty quilts in her thirty years of quilting. As a child "Gin" enjoyed roller skating, her family even had their own traveling roller rink.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Schnicker of Burlington; two sons, David (Cathy) Schnicker and Doug (Michele) Schnicker both of Burlington; one daughter, Diane (Dan) Paddock of St. Charles, Missouri; one granddaughter, Jamey (Jeremy) Holder; seven grandsons, Bryan Schnicker, Jason Schnicker, Ryan (Stephanie) Nagrocki, Nicholas Schnicker, Dustin Paddock, Dylan Paddock and Drew Paddock; one great granddaughter, Madelyn Holder; one brother, Russ Smith of Burlington and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Schnicker was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Dan Schnicker and three brothers, Donald Smith, Robert Smith and Harold Smith.
Visitation will begin after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th in Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The funeral service for Mrs. Schnicker will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7th in Zion United Church of Christ. The Rev. Jane Willan will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice House and Zion United Church Christ.
Harold & family, Sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. Certainly, our "Family Circle" is getting smaller. We remember stopping by your home, as we drove the lane to see your Mom & Dad .... plus all the Hofmann family pot-lucks, and for sure, being waited on by Virginia at the Spudnut Shop downtown and the Donut Shop on Roosevelt, whenever we came home. We leave for Heidi's in Michigan on Tuesday, so won't make it to B'ton for the service. Andy plays Frosh football on Wednesday. Love & SHALOM, Dot & Bob
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