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Emily Phillip, age 16 of Oshkosh, died Thursday December 20, 2012 at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee after a life long battle with congenital heart defects and pulmonary hypertension. She was born August 7, 1996 and despite her long-term illness lived her life on her own terms.
Emily's long-term illness didn't prevent her from living her life to its fullest, in fact it made her cherish and appreciate every moment. She was a junior at Oshkosh West High School, where despite her limited attendance she strived for academic excellence with the help of many dedicated and caring teachers. She participated as much as she could with Oshkosh West's Wood and Waters Club. Emily's passion was her art class which restored her soul.
Emily shared a passion with her Dad for the outdoors and hunting. Through special organizations and some wonderful people, Emily was able to experience successful pheasant, bear, deer and, her favorite, turkey hunting.
Emily's love of art and her desire to make other's lives enriched compelled her to begin making angels out of clay, each unique with her fingerprint. She began this venture with the help of her third grade art teacher with the hope to help other children. Since then Emily has sold these clay angels, auctioned them, and given them as mementos of appreciation. Through her efforts she has donated thousands of dollars to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Emily attended many events to talk about how these organizations changed her life. In her short 16 years, Emily managed to change more lives and touch more hearts than most adults do in their lifetime.
Survivors include her parents, Joel and Gweyn (Malloy) Phillip of Oshkosh; one amazing sister, Grace Phillip; paternal grandmother, Jeanne C. Phillip of Oshkosh; maternal grandparents, Ruth Holmquist of Oshkosh and Dean (Nancy) Malloy of Markesan. Emily is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and very close friends. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, John F. Phillip; her uncle, Andrew J. Phillip; and her aunt, Jenny A. Phillip.
A mass of Christian Burial will celebrated by Fr. Matt Simonar at St. Jude the Apostle Parish Sacred Heart Catholic Church (519 Knapp St.) on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call at Konrad Behlman Funeral Home -Westside on Friday from 3 - 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for your choice to the organizations that truly helped Emily live her life: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children's Hospital of WI - Herma Heart Center, Take 'Em Outdoors of Green Bay, United Special Sportsmen Alliance and My Team Triumph.
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Dec. 26, 2012