Phyllis E. Rewey

Phyllis E. Rewey

Phyllis E. Rewey, 86, of Platteville, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012 at Gray’s Nursing Home in Platteville with her lifelong sweetheart at her side. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Platteville. Pastor Brenda Whitford will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the church. There will be a lunch served after the service. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Phyllis Rewey Memorial Fund, which the family will distribute to charities. Online condolences may be made at

Phyllis Eldora Clifton was born in Little Grant Township, Grant County, WI on December 29, 1925, the daughter of Reuben and Mabel (Cliff) Clifton. As a young girl she attended Pleasant Ridge School west of Lancaster and later British School in Platteville Township. She graduated from Platteville High School in 1943, then attended Platteville State Teachers College. On September 9, 1944 she married her childhood sweetheart, Milton Robert Rewey, in the Platteville Methodist Church.

In her youth she was active in 4H, where she won many awards, band, Home Ec. Club, Pep Club, Girls Athletic Association, Tri-Hi-Y and Methodist Church activities.

After her marriage she was the main support for her husband and growing family. Phyllis even washed the Poynette High School football uniforms after every game. She moved with Milton’s education career to Benton, Poynette, Ripon, Racine, St. Francis, Waupun and then back to Platteville. Many friends were made. After Milton’s retirement they moved to Englewood, Florida and then Port Charlotte before returning to their Platteville roots in 2007. In every town Phyllis was very active with the Methodist Church. She was an excellent bridge player. Her love of travel extended across the U.S, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the Americas, Australia, Asia and Europe. She endowed that love of travel to her children and grandchildren. Her greatest love was being with her family.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Milton of Platteville; four children, Michael (Pamela) of Madison; Peggy (Steven) Wedige of Englewood, FL; Patty (Thomas) Martin of Bedford, NH; and Curtis of Orlando, FL; 11 grandchildren, Wade (Gemini English-Rewey) Rewey, Brianna (Torsie) Judkins, Nathaniel (Betty Agudelo-Rewey) Rewey, Rachel (Scott) Gunnells, Heather (Timothy) Rewey-Conway, Heidi (Brian) Pietz, Marne (John) Schroeder, Renee McHugh, Kyle Wedige, Matthew Martin and Jason Martin; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and Ralph Brogley of Cuba City; and “adopted daughter” Susan Morris. Her son, Stephen, preceded her in death on July 17, 1979.

Thank you to family and friends who have known and loved Phyllis throughout her life.