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Blanche C. Schmidt

Female 1921 - 2008  (86 years)


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  • Name Blanche C. Schmidt  [1, 2
    Born 14 Nov 1921  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Education Erie Community College, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • After the death of her husband in 1977, Mrs. Barry indulged her zest for learning, attending Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and taking English and history classes at Erie Community College well into her 70s. [3]
    Graduation 1935  Cleveland Union Free School, Caswell Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence Lackawanna, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1941  Wm. Hengerer Company, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Salesperson 
    • In 1941, Mrs. Barry worked in sales of women's wear at the Wm. Hengerer Co. department store in downtown Buffalo. [3]
    Occupation Abt. 1956 - 1986  Mercy Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Medical Record Technician 
    • She spent most of her working career -- 30 years -- as an accredited medical records technician at Mercy Hospital and retired in 1986. [3]
    Residence 1971 - 1990  Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Blanche was about six years old when her mother died. She lived most of her married life in Erie County, New York. [2]
    Awards and Recognitions Feb 2008  SeaWorld, Orlando, Orange, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • At age 87, sick with cancer and under hospice care, Blanche Celestine Barry, who had a lifelong passion for animals, became the oldest person to swim with dolphins at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

      Mrs. Barry's splash with fame occurred in February at Discovery Cove, where she donned a wet suit and cavorted with Capricorn, SeaWorld's oldest dolphin at 40 -- double the life expectancy for dolphins.

      This was one of many achievements for the former Blanche Schmidt, who lived a life rich with family, career and an insatiable quest to learn. [3]
    Died 24 Apr 2008  East Amherst, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Mrs. Barry, of Lackawanna, died Thursday in the East Amherst home of her niece, Nancy King, after a long illness. She was 87. [3]
    20080428 - Mrs Blanche Celestine Barry, 87
    20080428 - Mrs Blanche Celestine Barry, 87
    Buffalo News
    4/28/2008, online
    Person ID I1396  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2019 

    Father Charles P. Schmidt,   b. 1888 - 1928, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1971, Oneida City Hospital, 321 Genesee Street, Oneida, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Blanche Wright,   b. Nov 1890, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1927, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Married 1908  Stockbridge, Munnsville, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eugene Barry,   b. 1926, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1977  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 1955  [1
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F358  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Syracuse Post-Standard, Local, p.6 (Reliability: 2), 29 Nov 1971.
      Deaths & Funerals: Charles Schmidt

    2. [S84] Personal Correspondence, 1 (Reliability: 1), 7 Jun 2016.
      Re: Proposed Change: Blanche Schmidt (I1396)
      Fr: Keith Schmidt

    3. [S174] Buffalo News, https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/12059BEA1CD59B68-12059BEA1CD59B68?h=90&lname=Barry&fullname=&rgfromDate=&rgtoDate=&formDate=&formDateFlex=exact&dateType=range&kwinc=&kwexc=&page=5&utm_source=NBAS&referrer=&utm_campaign=Shared%20Links&utm_content=AC01161218202022097021548545190&utm_medium=shared&utm_term=AC01161218202022097021548545190 (Reliability: 1), 28 Apr 2008.
      Mrs. Blanche Celestine Barry, 87

    4. [S8] Unknown Newspaper Clipping (Reliability: 1).
      Floyd V. Schmidt

    5. [S3] 1920 United States Federal Census, 5A (Reliability: 2), 19 Jan 1920.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Village: Cleveland; Township: Constantia; SD No. 13; ED No. 139; ED Date: 01/19/1920; Sheet No. 5A, Line #8-17

    6. [S84] Personal Correspondence, 1 (Reliability: 1), 7 Jun 2016.
      Re: Proposed Change: Blanche Wright (I1381)
      Fr: Keith Schmidt