Edythe Van Schoick, 88, of Camden, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility. Born in Rome on January 3, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Constance (Watson) Carpenter. She was the youngest of 7, predeceased by 3 brothers John, Wynfield, and Stanley Carpenter and 3 sisters, Eugenie Eakins, Geraldine Pierlott, and Constance Turner. Edythe was a 1948 graduate of Camden High School. On April 16, 1949 she was united in marriage to John T. “Jack” Van Schoick, a blessed union of 69 years. Edythe lived a full life and was very grateful for all who shared it with her.
Arriving in Camden from Westmoreland at age 10, Edie made fast friends and became involved in music and theater for the rest of her school years. Though opera was the path she’d started on, she remained in Camden where her love and zest for life would benefit those around her for the rest of her life. Edie sang in the church choir where her mother had been the director for years. Many funerals, weddings, and community events were graced with her beautiful voice. Edie’s talent for writing and comedy made for some dozen of skits and performances. She was part of a quartet of classmates in 1943 in high school, as well as a Women’s Barbershop quartet in the 1970’s. Edie was a member of The Camden Community Theater, and played in the Pirates of Penzance at the Rome Capitol Theater and played Katisha in The Maccado, for Rome Community Theater.
A civic minded woman, Edie volunteered throughout her life for many committees to enhance and improve our town; volunteering years as a political supporter, at The Carriage House Museum, for the renewal of Brewer Rd. Cemetery, Ages Together, just to name a few.
A “stay at home” Mom, (she took us with her to many Voluntary missions) then when youngest was school age, became a cafeteria Mom. Near the start of The Queen Central News Edythe joined alongside her husband, (who was co-owner, at the Queen Central News) as a photographer, writer, sales representative and the office entertainer. Edith enjoyed her work and was always able to put a smile on the faces of her co-workers, clients and acquaintances.
Edythe was a licensed antique appraiser and with her husband Jack and had a shop in Bouckvile for years. She was a 50 plus year member of both the Camden Presbyterian Church Choir and the Camden Historical Club. Her wisdom and sense of humor were always present and appreciated throughout the Queen Village.
She is survived by: two daughters, Patrice Van Schoick of Camden and Jennifer Reed and her husband David, of East Syracuse; a son, John David “Dutch” Van Schoick and his girlfriend Sandy Schiffer, of Camden; a sister-in-law, Susanne Norman of North Carolina; a brother-in-law, Donald Van Schoick and his wife Sue, of Camden; three grandchildren, Eric Van Schoick and his wife Markie, Michael Stith and his girlfriend Liz Vanderhof and Benjamin Stith and his girlfriend Caitlin Rioux; two great-grandchildren, Dmitri and Mackenzie; and several nieces and nephews.
Edythe’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful Drs., Nurses, and staff at the Oneida Health Care Facility for their amazing care and compassion
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 9464 State Rt. 13, Camden. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home prior to the service on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Camden. In lieu of flowers, contribution in Edith’s memory may be made to the Camden Public Library.
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