HENRY - Phyllis Jean (Dietsch) Longman, 83, of Henry, Ill., passed away and entered into heaven at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Phyllis was born to Irving and Edna (Wood) Dietech on Dec. 29, 1929, at their home at 927 Green St. in Henry.
She married H. Darrell Longman on June 20, 1954, in the First Presbyterian Church in Henry. He survives.
She is survived by one loving daughter, Gina Rae (Darrell) Schlosser of Henry, and five beloved grandchildren, Alexa Jean (Chad) Tancil of Oswego, Andrew Longman of Richmond, Va., Sean Longman of Lexington, Ky., and Ryan and Chauncey Longman of Fredericksburg, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Richard Irving Longman.
Phyllis graduated from Henry-Senachwine High School in 1948 and from Saint Francis School of Nursing as an R.N. in 1951. Upon graduation, she was a nurse at the Navajo Medical Center at Fort Defiance in Arizona for 18 months. Upon returning, she was an office nurse for Dr. A.F. Tochalauski in Henry, a recognized American Red Cross nurse volunteer, a Marshall County nurse, Girl Scout Camp nurse, and a private duty nurse. She also worked as a dental technician for Dr. William Wagner.
She enjoyed being a farmer's wife, a wonderful mother, and the best grandmother.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Henry. She belonged to the Saint Francis Nursing Alumni and the Henry American Legion Auxiliary. As a 27-year breast cancer survivor and a 12-year breast and bone cancer survivor, she gave hope and support to many others diagnosed with cancer. She participated for many years as a survivor in Peoria's Race for the Cure and Henry's Relay for Life.
Phyllis loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful cook and truly enjoyed entertaining in her home and at the cabin. She also was a great dancer and card player, with Pinochle as a favorite game. She enjoyed flowers, watching birds, mushroom hunting, rooting for the Cubs, and riding on the pontoon. Her five grandchildren meant the world to her, and she cherished her time with them always. She is so loved, and her love will live on in the hearts of her family forever.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Henry. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Stephen Hill and Terry Ann Domyahn will officiate. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the MSW Program/Henry Senior Nutrition Site or to her church. Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.