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Jan 9, 2011 10:42 PM

Tragedy in Tucson: Phyllis Schneck, 79

TUCSON - Phyllis Schneck was shot and killed during Saturday's mass shooting at the Safeway grocery store at Ina Rd. & Oracle Rd.

Schneck and her husband retired, they spent their winters in Tucson and summers in their native Rutherford, N.J. "They didn't want to ever have to deal with the snow again," said Schneck's daughter, B.J. Offutt of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Schneck, who continued to return to Tucson in the winters even after her husband died in 2007, was a homemaker who raised her two daughters and one son and had a talent for cooking.

In retirement, Schneck kept herself occupied by volunteering at her church.

Her home in Tucson was less than four miles from the supermarket where the shooting took place.

Offutt said her mother's appearance at the store was surprising, because she normally shopped at a different store and wasn't very political.

Schneck is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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