Entered into eternal life on May 27, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Phyllis, a lifelong Ypsilanti resident, will be remembered for her many accomplishments and her passions, as well as her loving, generous, caring nature. A 1948 graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Phyllis was active in the Drum and Bugle Corps and played the lead in her senior play.
First and foremost was her love of God, family and friends. She was active in the St. Alexis Catholic Parish Altar Society. She was elected to the parish council and the school board, serving as president of both. Phyllis passionately followed the sporting, musical and performing activities of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, driving miles to cheer on her beloved family. One of the highlights of her life was following her favorite football team (GO BLUE) to a Rose Bowl Parade and Game. She was a long time member of TOPS and was recently crowned TOPS Queen. Phyllis was happiest walking along the shores of Lake Michigan, enjoying holidays and reunions, watching fireworks and parades, as well as spending time with her immediate and extended family. Phyllis leaves them all celebrating her life, while mourning her loss.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 64 years, Wendell, daughters, Gina (Bruce) Fody, Criss (Alan) Bieling, and Lisa Bond Mull. She leaves behind seven granddaughters, two grandsons, two great-granddaughters, six great-grandsons, sister Pauline Short, brother Thomas (Lois) Kramer, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by son Larry Max, parents Arthur and Bessie (Wilson) Kramer, Sr., brother Arthur Kramer, Jr., and sister Shirley Spangler.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Student Chapel with Fr. Robert Roggenbuck as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the JANOWIAK FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. till time of mass at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or The Arthur and Bessie Kramer Scholarship Fund of Eastern Michigan University.