Phyllis Hettinger Gunther, age 89, of Sheboygan, died peacefully on Saturday morning, December 1, 2012 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
She was born November 27, 1923 in Sheboygan, WI, a daughter of Eugene and Florence (Weaver) Hettinger.
Phyllis graduated from St. Peter Claver grade school and Central High School in 1941, third in her class.
She married John H. Gunther on February 28, 1948 at the St. Clement's Catholic Church Rectory. They were married for 30 years.
Phyllis was the Executive Secretary for ten years to Charles E. Broughton, editor of the Sheboygan Press and President of WHBL. She was a past president and show chairman of Sheboygan Service Club, and a life-time member. She was also a former member of Town and Country Garden Club. Phyllis was the secretary of St. Clement's first school board organized in 1966 for six years, and the only woman elected to serve at that time. She was very involved at St. Clement School as a teacher's aide for 10 years and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for many years.
Phyllis was currently a member of St. John Evangelist Catholic Parish in Kohler.
Survivors include her daughter, Beth Gunther (Mark) Rybakowicz of Whitefish Bay, WI; grandson, Jake Rybakowicz of Whitefish Bay; son-in-law, Michael Allen of Glen Ellyn, IL, and granddaughter, Molly Allen of Glen Ellyn, IL (St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.) She is also survived by the Kampman families, other nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceeded in death by her daughter, Amy Gunther Allen, as well as two sisters, Eugenia Kampman and Betty Gutknecht.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Kohler by Rev. Robert J. Lotz, Pastor. A time of visitation and support will be held at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Phyllis H. Gunther for St. John Evangelist Catholic Church (600 Green Tree Rd., Kohler, WI 53044) and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice (W2850 State Rd. 28, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085)
Phyllis' family extends great appreciation to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their wonderful care.