Violet Fern Bleisch, nee Foertsch, 88, of New Athens, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at her home. She was a homemaker and retired farmer who enjoyed gardening, her animals, and was an excellent cook. She was a great musician on both the piano and accordion. She loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Marion, whom she married on December 1, 1948, and who passed away on March 25, 2005, her parents; Paul and Josephine (Mines) Foertsch,; her brothers; Raymond, Paul, Clifford and Harry Foertsch; her sisters; Freida Steele, Sophia Steele and Ruth Weber.
Violet is survived by her sister, Lucille Lackmann of Freeburg, brother Cecil (Alice) Foertsch of Marissa, nephew Jerry (Lesley) Foertsch, niece JoAnn (Eric) Reinhardt of Marissa; great nieces; Ashley (Justin) Hergenroeder, Mallory (Darrell) Elliott and Julie (Erick) Klein; great grandnephews; Lucius, Hunter and Tanner; great grandniece Brooklyn, special friend Ben Hall, cousins and other friends.
She was a kind and generous person who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.
Visitation; Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL with the Rev. Dr. Robet Koch officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
I was very lucky to have known Violet for a long time. I knew her and her husband Marion growing up. My parents and the Bleisch’s were friends. Later when I got married I was lucky to have them both as my neighbor. They broke the mold when they created Violet. She was a devoted wife and sister. She worked very hard all her life and never complained. She often had friends and family over for meals.
Posted by: Debbie Huber – New Athens, IL – friend/neighbor Apr 05, 2015
My condolences to the Bleisch family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
( 1Thessalonians 4:14 )
Posted by: R Lee – Fairview Heights, IL Apr 08, 2015
Violet was a very likable lady . I don’t think she ever met a stranger.Violet always had a smile and time to talk weather or farming and her garden.She was a great neighbor and we were proud to know her and call her friend. Our sympathy to her family she will be missed. Violet when you get to heaven say Hi to Marion.John and Vickie Kaiser
Posted by: John and Vickie Kaiser – NewAthens, IL – friends and neighbors Apr 09, 2015