Arvilla M. Schumacher, 94, Batesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at St. Andrews Health Campus.
Born Oct. 29, 1922, in Franklin County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Mary (Fasbinder) and Chester Stevens. She married Edward (John) Schumacher May 18, 1942, in St. Joseph, Missouri, and he preceded her in death July 27, 2012.
Family was very important to Arvilla. She loved nothing better than to be surrounded with family. Her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, it didn't matter. She was usually content to sit back and listen to the banter back and forth. Part of the silent generation and also part of what Tom Brokaw called the greatest generation, her daughters marveled at their mom's patience, strength and unconditional love. With John temporary stationed at St. Joe, Missouri, during World War II, she went to work in a garment factory to help do her part to support the war effort. When John was shipped out, she moved back to Batesville, pregnant with their first child. Victoria was 9 months old before John first saw her.
The girls mentioned that although mom wasn't a seamstress, she did make clothing for them when they were younger and also indicated she was an excellent cook and baker. It was common to come home to the aroma of baked bread, rolls or a sweet treat. Saturdays were affectionately known as "soup day," and her homemade chicken soup was tough to beat. Trips to Las Vegas or to Florida to see family were always something she looked forward to, and for relaxation, she liked watching "Oprah," "Ellen" and "Dr. Phil."
Arvilla is survived by daughters Victoria Creeger, Batesville, Sherry Ertel, Sunman, Kris Lindemann, Kim Oblinger and Mary Jon McCaig, Batesville, and Amy Gallo, Indianapolis; sisters Vera Michalowicz, Rita Holman and Betty Lamping; brother Eugene Andrews; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters Alice Meyer, Charlene Bushman and Jeanne Haas; and brother Gerald Stevens.
Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9-11 a.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice Fund.
Published on February 15, 2017