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May 24, 2014
To Phyllis' family from ours:

With deepest sympathy we reach out to you. Phyllis was our son Arthur's second mom for several years at RPI. With her dedication and compassion, she inspired him to finish his degree in December 2013. Today he walks at Commencement due to her efforts, encouragement and belief in him.

I lost a wonderful friend when she passed. Both Phyllis and I believed in angels, and I do believe she will be watching Art -- and several others whose lives she changed -- walk today!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you know how much good she did for the students and their families at RPI, how many lives she changed, and how many friends she had because of who she was. She brought her caring and compassion to work, which made her so effective at opening doors for students. Arthur and we will never forget her.
April 08, 2014
Mom,

I miss you so much...I love you and you will forever be in my heart. I will be forever changed. I lost my best friend and ally.
March 29, 2014
Donnie and Melissa, my heart is breaking as I just heard the passing of your Mom. She was my first office friend in 1990 when we worked in the Troy Building. She welcomed me with open arms and we shared so many laughs, lunches, walks, girls night out during those years. You both are her pride and joy. My heart, prayers and sympathy goes out to both of you.
March 27, 2014
I will always remember Phyllis for her great smile and loving spirit. May God comfort her family at this sad time. I will miss our conversations about grandchildren. God Bless you all.
March 26, 2014
I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the family. Phyllis was a wonderful lady and I was so happy I could meet her.
March 26, 2014
Phyllis was a warm and friendly person to everyone and always had a listening ear. She will be missed dearly.
March 26, 2014
Donnie,
I met you when you worked in Biology for a short time. Your mom was a wonderful person; I just heard about her passing. No words can make you feel better; you and your family are in my prayers.

Karen Coonrad,RPI
March 26, 2014
Joe and Family- my prayers and thoughts are with you all and Phyllis will be missed by all. God Bless. Love Dor
March 26, 2014
Donnie,Melissa and Family,I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing .I have found memories of your mom ,she was a great friend ,and she had a smile that never stopped.and a heart of gold.I will miss you Phyllis,rest in peace my friend.
Roxanne Ryan
March 25, 2014
I didn't know Phyllis well but she knew my parents...and had a special bond with Peggy Quinlan.... so I am sure Peggy was waiting at the Pearly Gates for her with a joke and big hug... so sorry for your loss... Clara
March 25, 2014
It was a privledge to know Phyllis, to have her as a neighbor, and to call her a friend. I will miss seeing her everyday. Saying good morning or goodnight in passing and all of our chats. She loved my children as if they were her own grandkids. She was a remarkable woman who bravely faced every challenge before her with incredibly good spirit. She wasan inspiration and I feel fortunate to have known Phyllis.
March 25, 2014
Melissa, Donnie, and all of the family...Aunt Phyllis was one of a kind and will be missed every day. We wish we could be there to be with the family during this time. Love you all and our prayers are with you.
March 25, 2014
I'm was so sorry to hear that Phyllis passed away. We will all miss Phyllis; she touched so many of our lives here at RPI, especially all of those students who she helped over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
March 25, 2014
Donnie,Melissa and Family
So very sorry to hear of your Moms passing--
Sending my deepest sympathy. Keeping you close, in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love....
March 25, 2014
I amso saddened to hear about the passing of Phyllis. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
March 25, 2014
My deepest condolences. Prayers to the family.
March 25, 2014
So sorry for you loss Donnie and family. Our thoughts are with you.
~John and Jessica Brown
March 25, 2014
We are truly sorry for your loss. She was a great girl with a big heart. Sincerely, Shu and Pat & family.
March 25, 2014
Phyllis was my first friend at RPI and my best friend. She will always have a place in my heart, I was truly bless to have known her.
March 25, 2014
Melissa may god be with you and your family at this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 25, 2014
To the whole family So very sorry for your Loss may God be with you all. With Deep Sorrow. Alice Santandera
March 25, 2014
Melissa and Donnie I am so sorry to hear this, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
March 25, 2014
Melissa

Your mom and I made a lot of memories with our trips to Great Escape. May she rest in peace.

Chris (Marci Beaudoins Mom)
March 25, 2014
Natalie,Joseph,Carol,Donald Jr.,and Melissa

May God bless you all in this time of need. My deepest sympathy for you all. Phyllis and I were childhood friends, we lived in the Fifth Avenue neighborhood, in the good old days.
Love,
Gina
March 24, 2014
Melissa and donnie I am so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing she was an extraotdinary woman and I loved her I have so many great memories of her rip phyllis
March 24, 2014
Dear Melissa and Donnie, we were so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Sending our deepest sympathy. She is in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest Sympathy, Donna & Jack Mulligan, Florida
March 24, 2014
Oh Donny and Melissa.... Your mom was a compassionate, kind, loving mom. She loved her family. I enjoyed every moment with her. We talked about everything during treatments. She struggled with the lymphedema but always came back for more treatment. You kids were so awesome in supporting your mom and encouraging her to wear her compression sleeve. She is memorable for me... I will never forget her. She was genuine. She loved you both and Mia more than you will ever know. She was surrounded by people who loved her... and still is. We loved her at Samaritan Lymphedema Clinic. All the girls loved her. What a special gal. I will miss my Phyllis. Love you babycakes.... Sandie Sanderson
March 24, 2014
You will be missed Phyllis... My condolences to the family. I'll see you on the other side.
March 24, 2014
To Mrs. Ryan and Joey and Carol so sorry to hear about your daughter and sisters my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
March 24, 2014
Natalie,
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
March 24, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Mary and Mina DiPalma
March 24, 2014
March 24, 2014
Im so sorry for your loss Donnie and Melissa.RIP aunt phyllis
March 24, 2014
My Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family~
May you all find the strength you need to get you through this difficult time and remember to keep the great memories close to your heart. I feel your pain and know how hard it is to lose someone so close. I met Phyllis through my dear friend Carol, her sister and fell in love with her from the start. She was an Angel on earth and now an Angel in heaven looking down at each and every one of you. God bless you all~ Gina
March 24, 2014
To the Ryan family, my heart goes out to all of you in this time of pain from your loss. Phyllis was a great daughter, mother, wife and friend. She will be missed greatly. You are all in my prayers. I am here for anything you might need, always remember you can call on me anytime.
March 24, 2014
To the Ryan Family and Phyllis Children,,,I am so sorry of the loss of your mom,,who was such a very special lady,,my prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. God Bless!
March 24, 2014
To the Ryan Family and Phyllis's children, I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
RIP Phyllis
L Germinerio
March 24, 2014
Mrs.Ryan, Joey,Carol, Donny, Little Donny and Mellisa.It breaks my heart to send this note to the people who loved Phyllis most,a beautiful family.I am a true prayer warrior and will continue to prayer for Phyllis and the family.I send this with all of the love in my heart.
March 24, 2014
Mrs.Ryan,Joey,Carol,Donny,Little Donny,and Mellisa, it breaks my heart to have to send this condolence.I am a true prayer warrior and will continue to pray for Phyllis and the family. I send this message with all the LOVE you know that I carry in my
heart.
March 24, 2014
I have many fond memories of Phyllis, and her sincere kindness touched my life many times. My favorite memory is of Phyllis and her dear friend, her sister Carol; laughing at the pool in Saratoga.
March 24, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 24, 2014
Kind, strong, loving, brave, gentle, fierce. We'll look into the night sky and find the brightest star, that will be Phyllis. Rest in peace, Phyllis.
March 24, 2014
So sorry. Phyllis was a wonderful woman who went to visit a man in hospital she didn't even know except he was her friends dad and his family was away .We will never forget your kindness.Took him a newspaper everyday.
March 24, 2014
my heart broke when i heard the news of Phyllis passing. I am honored to have known her, she was a awesome person inside and out. Phyllis will be sorely missed, may she rest in peace.
March 24, 2014
Phyllis was without a doubt one of the nicest, kindest women I have ever known. I am heartbroken by this news, but I know that she is in a better place, free of her pain and suffering. I will miss her.
March 24, 2014
Donnie and Melissa, no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. Please let me know if there is anything you need.
March 24, 2014
Donny & Melissa,

We all have sad hearts at the passing of your mother. Her energy, that smile, her passion and love for you and Mia, her immense care and concern for her students, never was there a better friend and colleague. I did have lunch with her and Linda Kramarchyk before I moved to New Hampshire and she was in goog spirits. It is a great loss and we will all miss her so very much.

Please accept my deepest sympathy and love. Augusta
March 24, 2014
Phyllis will always be in our hearts and memories. She was truly an amazing woman who will be missed dearly. With our deepest sympathy.

Lisa, O'Bie & Sean O'Brien
March 24, 2014
God's Garden Must Be Beautiful:

God looked around his garden,
and found an empty space
He looked down upon the earth,
and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
and lifted you to rest
God's Garden must be beautiful
for he only takes the best
He knew that you were weary
and he knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
be well on earth again.
He saw the roads were getting rough,
and the hills were hard to climb,
So he closed your eyes and whispered
"Peace be Thine"
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
A part of us went with you,
the day God brought you home.
If love could have saved you,
you never would have died.

God Bless ...
March 24, 2014
Phyllis was a first class woman is every sense of the word. I am very sorry for your loss. Be proud of everything she stood for and the way in which she lived her life. Much respect to her.
March 24, 2014
March 24, 2014
Melissa & Donnie There are no words to express how sorry I am for the loss of your mother. Although I have not seen her in many years, I have so many great memories of her while growing up. She was a great woman. She truly will be missed. My thoughts and prayers Are with you at this difficult time.
March 24, 2014
So Sorry
March 24, 2014
Don, Melissa, Natalie, Carol & Joe. My love and prayers to all of you, needless to say...stay strong, love does conquer all.

Marlene
March 24, 2014
Don, Melissa, Natalie, Carol & Joe,Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we will always remember the many memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Phyllis.
March 24, 2014
We send our deepest condolences to all of you.May you find strength in each other during this difficult time.

Matt & Angela Hallett
March 24, 2014
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy. We will always remember Phyllis's smile and the good times we had.
March 23, 2014
Wishing you peace. Phyllis was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. ??
March 23, 2014
An amazing professional with whom I had the privilege of working with for many years. Tremendous concern for the students. Her life impacted many lives and made a big difference in this world.
March 23, 2014
Donnie and Melissa, what a wonderful person your mother was, my heart was saddened when I learned of her passing this morning. You two and Mia were the loves of her life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May she rest in peace.
March 23, 2014
Melissa and Donnie sorry to hear about the passing of your mother may she rest in peace
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