Phyllis Neuswanger, 91, passed peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, AZ. Phyllis was born in Marion, Indiana and the daughter of Floyd and Ada Giltner and graduated from Washington University in St Louis, MO where she met her future husband, Gene, on a blind date. |
After their marriage in 1946 they moved to Alliance, Nebraska. She earned her masters degree at Chadron State College in Guidance and Counseling. After teaching English in the Alliance Schools she took a position as a guidance counselor and later served as head of the guidance department.
Her shared interest in photography with Gene led to the co-founding with him of the House of Photography Studio in Alliance. She also served the University of Nebraska Chancellors committee and the Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center.
She also was a member of the PEO organization for 60-years and was the founding President of the Chapter GC PEO chapter in Alliance.
Over the years she and Gene also resided in Estes Park, CO; Lahaina, HI; La Jolla, CA and Mesa AZ before settling into the Friendship Village retirement community in Tempe, AZ for their final years.
In Estes Park she served as a director of the North End Property Owners Association and was a member of the Summer Residents Association and the Rocky Ridge Music Festival.
During the years in Lahaina she became an avid golfer and was active in the Lahaina Yacht club and a supporter of the local arts scene.
In San Diego she continued her passion for golf and the arts and was involved in the La Jolla Country Club, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and was a supporter of many San Diego cultural institutions. In Arizona she was a fan of the Mesa Arts Center.
Phyllis' interest in people and culture led her to visit over 60 countries around the world. She made many friends in her travels and stayed in touch with many of them for decades, initially without the benefit of e-mail, relying on long handwritten letters.
She is survived by Daughters Linda Novak of Omaha, NE and Nancy Weller, Apache Jct. AZ; son Chris and wife Debra of Edwards, CO and grandchildren Shana Novak, New York City; and Andrew Novak of Golden, CO.
There will be cremation and the ashes scattered off the island of Maui near the former family home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Carnegie Arts Center Endowment Fund at 204 W. 4th St; Alliance Nebraska 69301
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Mar. 20, 2014