Phyllis Matsue (Takano) Kortas
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Phyllis Matsue Kortas (nee Takano)

Milwaukee - Passed away peacefully on November 16, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Age 70. Devoted mother of Regina, Christina (Christopher) Fogel. Proud grandmother of Ethan, Tyler, Grace and Weston. Daughter of Masayuki and Mikiko Takano. Also loved by other relatives and friends.

Visitation on Saturday, December 5th at Krause Funeral Home 21600 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield, WI 53072 from 1:30pm until service at 3pm. A luncheon to be held at a later date.

We require face masks and encourage social distancing.

A special thank you to the staff at St. Luke's for all of the loving care you provided for Phyllis.

Originally from Laihaina, Maui, Phyllis moved to Milwaukee in November 1976 and always loved the fall and winter here in Wisconsin. Reading and movies were just a few of her interests. Phyllis had a curiosity for life, which was evident in her travels. She also enjoyed talking with and learning from others who traveled. She had an appreciation for life and loved meeting new people along with spending time with those that were dear to her heart. She will be greatly missed.

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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
Phyllis and I were classmates in school on Maui. I first met her at Makawao Elementary School when the Takano family moved from Honokowai to Haliimaile. We went on to Maui High School together. After high school we went on separate life adventures for 50 years until we reconnected via email around the time of our 50th high school reunion. I found Phyllis to be the same fun-loving, positive, kind person she had been since childhood. We were looking forward to reconnecting in person at a future Maui High School reunion but now that day will not come. Still, I'm thankful to know that she is at peace and flashing that smile of hers. I am truly blessed to have known her.
Connie (Sakamoto) Watanabe
November 23, 2020
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Anne MacKay
November 22, 2020
I will miss you so much, dear cousin/sister! We shared many happy memories--- and I will really miss your lovely cards and sending you postcards from our travels. Thank you for all the nice times and for your two beautiful daughters and their families! Eileen & Mike & Spice
Eileen Kortas
November 22, 2020
Phyllis was such a wonderful person, always ready for any adventure, we visited Mackinac Island, Nashville, Door County and the great north woods. She loved seafood, stickers on cards, reading books, watching movies, learning new things, and meeting new people. She shared anything she had and was always willing to help anyone in need. I loved Phyllis and I know she loved me.
Holly Schulz
November 21, 2020
You are my special sister - cousin and I will miss you very much
Anne MacKay
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