Blanche Y. Schoning

Blanche Y. Schoning of Aquebogue died peacefully on Aug. 24, 2010. She was 88 years old.

Born on May 28, 1922, she was the middle child of Milly Elma Tuthill and Myron Curtis Young. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husbands, Walter Charlaire and Chaplain John Schoning, and her older brother, Curtis Young. She is survived by her sister, Eugenia Warner, sister-in-law, Georgia Young, nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and -nephews. She is also survived by her dear friends Dwayne Early, David Borders and the Rosalino Castillo family, who took care of her needs in her final years.

Blanche graduated from Riverhead High School and Potsdam State Teachers College. Her master’s degree in education was from the University of Connecticut. She taught at Aquebogue Elementary. As her husband was an Air Force chaplain, she taught hundreds of enlistees and helped them obtain their high school diplomas. In her later years she tutored special-needs children throughout the Riverhead Central School District.

Blanche’s greatest joy in life was her Scoshire Kennels, which she established in Aquebogue in 1963. She bred and showed her beloved miniature wirehaired dachshunds for the rest of her life. The kennel produced over 100 champions. In 2007 her dog Ch. Scoshire Famous Amos became the No. 1 wirehaired dachshund in the country for the next two years. He finished his career by winning the group at the Eukanuba National Dog Show 2006 and a Group Placement at the 2007 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Blanche was a member and officer of the Riverhead Kennel Club, the Dachshund Association of Long Island and the Dachshund Club of America.

She was a lifelong member of Aquebogue Congregational Church. She is being buried by her family in a private ceremony at Aquebogue Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in the near future for her friends and family to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Hospital, attn: 4N, 14 Clover Drive, Yaphank, NY 11980.