After a sudden illness, Phyllis May Calairi, 89, of Concordia at the Orchard passed away at 12:15 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
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Phyllis was born on March 28, 1925, in Chicora, to Harrison and Phoebe Wigton Andre.
She attended school in Chicora. She was married to Lewis Angelo Calairi in a double ring ceremony with her sister, Pauline, and her fiance, William Brown, in Evans City on July 24, 1944.
Phyllis was a great-great-great-granddaughter of James Wigton, whose first wife and children were victims in the famous Wigton Massacre north of the Stone House.
Phyllis loved life and shared that love and her delightful, frequent giggle with family and friends. She was a former Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafting, and knitting, and was a member of Hobby Club at St. John Reformed Church in Chicora for many years. She taught 4-H sewing for many years. Phyllis was an avid NASCAR fan.
Phyllis and Lewis lived in the "Goosetown" section of Chicora, having moved their entire house from Front Street, Chicora. This was quite an attraction at the time and the home still stands. Later in life, Phyllis and Lew spent the winters at their home in Port Richey, Fla., and summered at the Buttercup Campground, Renfrew.
Lewis preceded Phyllis in death in November 1996. Her two sisters, Pauline Brown of Karns City and Carol Barnhart of Fenelton, predeceased her as well.
She is survived by her sisters, Dorine Young of Butler, and Barbara (Cy) Ealy of Buena Vista, Chicora.
Phyllis was the mother of Linda Daugherty and Kenneth (Lenna) Calairi, all of Butler, and Beverly Owens of Dunedin, Fla. She was the proud grandmother of Benjamin (Chasity) Calairi of Butler and Aimee Calairi of Dallas, Texas. She treasured her precious great-granddaughter, Teagan Lily Calairi, and her great-grandson, Holden Wyatt Calairi of Butler.
Phyllis was a member of the Berean Class of the First Baptist Church, Butler.
Calairi - The friends of Phyllis May Calairi, who passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastors David Maitland and Todd Wentworth of the First Baptist Church officiating. Private burial will take place in the Hemphill Cemetery, Chicora.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Mission Fund, 221 W. New Castle St., Butler, PA 16001.
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.
Thompson-Miller Funeral Home
124 E North St Butler, PA 16001
Published in Butler Eagle on May 27, 2014