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Christine Theresa Philipp

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Christine Theresa Philipp Notice
Philipp, Christine Theresa Age 74, of Peoria, Arizona, was greeted in heaven by her Savior while the choirs of heavenly host welcomed her on June 12, 2010. Chris was born on March 17, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Pauline Ciszewski and Walter Kaczmarek. She attended Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One month after graduating, Chris married the love of her life, Ralph Philipp, on June 26, 1954. As the years passed, she became a devoted and loving wife and mother. Her family was her lifelong passion, and sacrifice and bravery became her legacy. In 1994, she and Ralph retired and set up home in Peoria, Arizona. Chris is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ralph; children, Michael Philipp, Kathleen James, David (Bobbi) Philipp, Barbara Marston, Joanne (Perry) Schroedl, Mary Ann (Carlos) Oliva, Lynda (Tim) Marquardt and Nancy (DJ) Jacques; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond Kordus, Arthur Kordus and Florian Kaczmarek; sisters, Florence Strenk (nee Kordus) and Dorothy Plichta (nee Kaczmarek); and grandson, Kyle Marquardt. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2010, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, Arizona 85381. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 18, 2010, at 10:00 AM, at Heritage Funeral Chapel. Graveside service to follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, 711 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85020-4154. A Personal Reflection from Ralph to his Popka: Because you were the "soda jerker" who couldn't make a good malted milk; Because you agreed to be my prom date; Because you were my girlfriend and then my steady date; Because you became my fiancé; Because we became Man and Wife; Because as Man and Wife we had eight wonderful children; Because you could be doctor, nurse, teacher, inspiration, provider of transportation for all, and most of all MOTHER; Because you didn't cook like my Mom, but cook like a chef now; Because you can put up with me and my temper tantrums; Because you can cheer me up when I'm down in the dumps; Because you are my shoulder to cry on; Because you are my confidant and best friend; Because you are my wife and the best thing that ever happened to me; because of all these things and so many more, I am in tremendous debt to you. So, "After all these years," "Have I told you lately" that "I love you just because you're you." I LOVE YOU JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE YOU- "There I said it again." Dobra noc moj kochana Popka.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 16, 2010
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