OLEAN - Connie Phillips, 82, of 112 N. 10th St., died Tuesday (July 23, 2013) at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Olean after a brief stay.
Born Aug. 28, 1930, in Ridgway, Pa., she was a daughter of Conrad and Eva Larson.
Connie was a high school and liberal arts graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, North Chili. She also received a degree in elementary education from Lock Haven (Pa.) State Teachers' College. Connie began her teaching career at School No. 2 in Olean. For 12 years, while raising her family, she served as a a substitute teacher and later returned to full-time teaching at School No. 1 and Ivers J. Norton. She retired in 1985.
Connie loved to sing and dance and will be remembered for her down-to-earth manner and quick wit. A longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher and served on various committees. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities in the Olean community, including Interfaith Caregivers, the Olean YMCA and Olean General Hospital.
Connie was predeceased by her beloved husband of 53 years, Bob Phillips, who died in 2004; and by a grandson, Blair, who died in January 2013, son of Paul and Deirdre and brother of Kate and Anna. Siblings Russell Larson, Laverne Larson, Merle Larson, Leslie Larson and Freda Larson Kozik also predeceased Connie.
She is survived by four sons, Robert (Nancy) Phillips of Olean, Conrad (Lisa Hoffman) Phillips of Nelliston, Stephen Phillips of Olean and Paul (Deirdre) Phillips of Avon. Survivors also include seven grandchildren, Adam, Julie, Alyssa, Kate, Hannah, Anna and Ryan; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Parker; a sister, Margaret Larson Stahli; and several nieces and nephews.
At Connie's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A private burial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials would be deeply appreciated by the family and may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 131 N. Ninth St., Olean, NY 14760; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.