ST. MARYS - Phyllis A. Wingard, 81, of 383 Benzinger Road, St. Marys, died on Friday (March 21, 2014) at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys surrounded by loved ones following a courageous battle with many health problems.
She was born on May 3, 1932, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Henry and Marguerite Cooney Wolfe. On Oct. 8, 1955, she married the love of her life, Phillip A. Wingard, who survives.
Mrs. Wingard was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1950. She was a member of St. Marys Church and had been employed at Stackpole Carbon Co. from graduation until the beginning of her most important role, motherhood. She also spent many years managing her son's convenience store, and enjoyed the time she spent there. She had also worked part-time for a while at Dixie Himes' Ceramic Shop. She enjoyed puzzles, ceramics, and playing cards. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband of more than 58 years, Phillip A. Wingard, she is survived by seven sons, Stephen (Mary) Wingard of St. Marys, Donald (Cindy) Wingard of St. Marys, William (Tammy) Wingard of St. Marys, Edward (Julie) Wingard of Ohio, Larry (Jean) Wingard of St. Marys, George (Martha) Wingard of St. Marys and Joseph (Mary Jane) Wingard of St. Marys; three daughters, Mary Ann (Dennis) Bush of St. Marys, Rose (James) Moore of Truman and Marguerite (Jason) Hanes of St. Marys; 31 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Gerald Wolfe and Leo (Patricia) Wolfe, both of St. Marys.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers in infancy; a sister; brother-in-law, Gertrude and Kenneth Luke; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Wolfe.
Visitation was held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon today at St. Marys Church, Church Street in St. Marys, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, PA 15857; or St. Marys Church, Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com.