Phyllis R. Karis died peacefully in her sleep on September 5th, 2012 at “Magda’s Home Care”. She worked at the Duck and Decanter for 30 plus years and attended St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her loving husband; Cletus (Red) Karis in 1981, one sister Shirley Proucsh and son-in-law Larry Howell. She was a 50 year member of St. Thomas Sodality. She is survived by four children: John B. Karis (Jocelynn), Susie Howell, Mary Hemphill (Dave), Kathy Errigo (Vince), eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all of those who loved her. Visitation will be from 10:00am-1:00pm, with a Rosary and Funeral Service at 1:00pm, Monday, September 10, 2012 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Memorial Donations in Phyllis memory to Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.
You’ll forever be in my heart. I’ll never forget all of my special times with you. Thank you for always going above and beyond for me. Love you Grandma Phyllis.
Phyllis was such a large part of her children’s life; and her grandchildren; and my child. Shannon and I were blessed to have known her. She will always be a fond memory. Thank you for allowing us to have those memories. Much love to you, Kathy; and Vince and Cale and Nora-no. Heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Deanna and Doug Hart (Doug is Phyl's brother)
My sister-in-law Phyllis was a super human being. I admired her love of life and very pleasant personality. She was a loving mom and grandmother, always putting others’ needs before her own. She had praise for everyone, never slighting anyone in any way. Her Catholic faith was important to her, and as a convert, was more reverent than a lot of Catholics born into the faith. You can count yourself very fortunate if you knew Phyl. She’d say, “Hello, nice person!” or some other greeting prompting a smile…. I’m so sorry that Doug and I cannot attend the visitation or funeral service. I thank God that Phyllis was in my life. She is dancing with the angels and her hubby “Cleets.” Our sincere condolences to John, Susie, Mary and Kathy, and anyone else who will miss her.
I grew up in La Crosse, WI and had very loving parents, all because Phyllis entered my live when I was a baby. It all began with her as my foster Mother. I had been legally rescued from horrific circumstances. Phyllis took me in, loved me, and found me a new Mom and Dad way out in Wisconsin. I grew up in a home where love was carried by every oxygen molecule! So, I have always owed my life to my Aunt Phyllis, and I loved her first.
You all are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
My Aunt and Godmother Phyllis was a dear and special person. There was no one quite as unique as her and just being around her made you feel happy and special. She was the type of person that would do anything for you at any time always upbeat and positive, and always made you laugh. My family visited Phoenix from Wisconsin quite often when I was growing up and I still continued to bring my mom and dad later years to visit. Phyllis would come back almost yearly till the past few years to our annual Karis family picnic in July……I loved her dearly and will miss our times together, I think her and her hubby are partying now up in heaven with my Mom and Dad, Bev and Floyd and all the Karis family …
Rest in Peace Aunt Phil you will truely be missed ..
Diane Olson Kishel
Aunt Phyllis was such a sweet and loving person. I will always remember her loving smile. I was so looking forward to her coming to the Karis family reunion with John in his RV. I’m sorry it didn’t work out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Diane and Marcella Olson