Phyllis Jean Stiemke

ARLINGTON-Phyllis Jean Stiemke, age 93, formerly of Arlington, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on August 10, 2013, at Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena.

Phyllis was born August 2, 1920, in Portage, the youngest daughter of Lilly and Ernest Gage. A graduate of Portage High School, she lived in Portage until she married and then moved to Arlington, where she lived more than 50 years.

Phyllis is survived by a daughter, Rosalie Stapleton (Tom Pfeiffer) of Verona, a granddaughter, Heather (Ryan) Lee of Madison, and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Lee, nieces Roberta Barger, Diane Peterson, Marilyn Hess, and a nephew, Ernie Hohlstein. She was predeceased by her husband Ben, sisters Carol (Harold) Stiemke and Edyth (Emil) Hohlstein, and a niece, Carolyn Sheran.

Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed for her quiet strength, dignity, grace and her endearing smile. She was a talented needle crafter and was well-known for her tatting. She was a member of the Arlington United Methodist Church and a former member of the Arlington Garden Club, and enjoyed gardening, reading and bird watching.

A funeral will be held at ARLINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 Reagles St., Arlington at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013 with Pastor Lee Bushweiler officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in North Leeds.

The family would like to thank the staff at Columbia County Health Care Center for their compassionate care.

Online condolences may be made at

Hamre Gunderson Funeral & Cremation Care
157 S. Main Street, Lodi

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