Phyllis Elaine (Nagle) Krahe, 88, of East Springfield, Pa., joined her husband Mark in Heaven, on June 21, 2014. She was born on June 18, 1926, and raised in Erie, Pa., the daughter of Edgar and Helen Nagle, on East 32nd Street, with her sister Lois (Faulkner) and later Susie (McDonald).
She met the love of her life and her future husband, Mark A. Krahe while attending Academy High School, where she also enjoyed her role as head majorette. They married on December 2, 1944, and had ten children together (all surviving); daughters Maureen (Gail) Eastman of Albion, Mary Ann (Ron) Salisbury of East Springfield, Phyllis (Dave) Merritt of Albion, Dede (Jim) Shumake of Albion, son Mark (Melinda) Krahe of Harborcreek, daughters Nancy DeMichele of Springfield, Lorie (Mark) Alexander of Albion, Tracy Swift of North Carolina, and sons Scott Krahe and Bob (Lori) Krahe, both of Springfield. Phyllis is dearly loved by all who know or who have known her. She is Grandma Krahe to many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, who will miss her love, her beautiful smile, and her generosity.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Mark, just four months ago, after 69 years of marriage, both her parents Edgar and Helen, and a granddaughter Melanie Jo Krahe.
Phyllis loved many things in life, her husband and best friend Mark, her very large family, of which she was very proud, their dream home built especially for them, Jersey cows, goats, black licorice, singing songs, many of them with her own words, ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, making chocolates and being the taste tester, dancing with Dad around the house to big band music, serving coffee or tea to any visitors, finding four-leaf clovers without even looking, making anything grow, saving glass jars and containers of any kind, and people watching wherever they might be . . . just to list a few.
There will be no public visitation, but a private prayer service will be held for the family. Her arrangements are being handled by Edder Funeral Home Inc., Girard. To allow others to enjoy what she loved, they asked that in lieu of flowers or other memorials, that you would hold hands with someone you love, give them a kiss, and tell them how much you love them. Then enjoy a dish of ice cream, at any time of the day, rinse out the ice cream container and find a good use for it in her memory . . . something that would allow you to enjoy what she enjoyed . . . finding value in everyone and a use for everything.
Published in the Erie Times-News on June 24, 2014