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.