June 2, 1927 -June 12, 2013
Phyllis Koning peacefully entered into heaven June 12, 2013. Phyllis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Jennie and Gillis Vandenberg on June 2, 1927. She had an elder sister, Marie Baughman and an elder brother, Edward Vandenberg. She graduated with a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and worked as an accountant after graduation. She married William Koning also of Grand Rapids in 1948. She and Bill moved 8 times in connection with his work and settled in Modesto in 1970 where husband Bill was the Manager of General Foods California Vegetable Company in Ceres, CA.
Phyllis and Bill had 4 sons, Kirk, David, Paul and Tom. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Koning, her sister Marie Baughman and her brother, Edward Vandenberg. She is survived by Bill, her husband of 65 years, and her sons Kirk Koning and wife Janet, Dave Koning and wife Kathy, Tom Koning and wife Laura and daughter in laws Cindy Baade and Kathy Smith as well as 8 grandchildren Meghan Rossi and husband Jim, Andy Koning and wife Haley, Tim Koning, Steve Koning, Brian Koning and wife Hannah, Daniel Koning, Claire Koning, and Paige Koning; and 5 great-grandchildren Avery Koning, Myla Koning, Kaylen Koning, Evelyn Koning and Franco Rossi. She was a greatly loved "Mom" and "Grandma!"
Phyllis enjoyed travel, reading, golf, Bible study, bridge and crossword puzzles. She loved her family, planning family reunions and playing board and card games with children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren loved to spend time with her baking cookies especially her famous gingersnaps! She was active in Trinity United Presbyterian Church, holding several leadership positions, including Elder, serving on a number of committees and founded the Bell Choir in 1978. She founded the private Moneytree Investment Club to teach women how to manage their money and evaluate investments. It is still going strong after 35 years. She was active in the community, volunteering as an instructor to the IRS on new tax laws at the beginning of each year and in 1982 was the founder of the Modesto Tax Counseling for the Elderly-AARP Tax Aid Assistance Program for low income persons. She was an instructor for this program until 2006. This program continues today.
A Celebration of Phyllis's Life will be held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 29 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Community Hospice or Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Modesto.
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 22 to June 24, 2013