Voerding, Phillip B. Age 47 of St. Paul. Phillip found rest on December 27, 2012, seven months after diagnosis with stage IV Melanoma. He was born in Winona, MN on July 27, 1965, moved to Blaine and later St. Paul where he attended Cretin High School before transferring to Archbishop Brady High School (where the girls were) graduating in 1983. He attended college in Fort Collins, CO. Later transferring to St. Cloud State where he met his future wife LaVonne Doster. He will be remembered for his quirky sense of humor, hard work, generosity and always being quick to lend a hand. Phil was an avid reader and excellent cook. He had a great golf swing and enjoyed bicycling and fishing. Phil courageously overcame many obstacles in the months before his death, and reunited with family and friends enjoying wonderful times together. His time was too short but we were blessed to have him near following his diagnosis. With grace and dignity he passed peacefully with his mother and step-father at his side. Preceded in death by his father, Gary Voerding; sister, Stacy; grandparents, C.B. and Theresa Dick and Gilbert and Ruth Voerding. Survived by his children, Kailey and Kyle Voerding of New Mexico; mother, Jean Dick; step-father, Theodore Collins; brothers, Nathan and Colin (Mary Sellner); step-brothers, Theodore (Brenda) Collins III and Anthony (Bridget Fitzgerald) Collins, James Derse and dear aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, especially Mike Scott. The family would like to express their gratitude to the dedicated and skillful staff of HCMC, especially oncologist, Josy Mathew, MD, for his extraordinary care and kindness. We also thank Father John Malone and all our friends and family for their prayers and support. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Thursday, January 3, 2013 at THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION (51 W. 7th Street, St. Paul). Visitation 4-7 PM Wednesday at O'HALLORAN AND MURPHY FUNERAL HOME (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul) 651-698-0796, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Reception following Mass. Memorials, if desired, to Phil's children, Union Gospel Mission or the Dorothy Day Center. Many will remember Phil's sign off phrase, "Peace always." He meant it and we say it now to him: "Peace always dear Phil"
Published in Star Tribune on Dec. 30, 2012