Phyllis Carroll (Johnson) Warfel, 87, passed away on April 27 at St.
Francis Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Chicago,IL, the daughter of the late Owen M. and Marjorie C. Johnson. She grew up in Belvidere, IL. Phyllis attended the (then) Women's Division of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC before transferringto and graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where shemajored in speech and theater. She studied stage directing and actingat the Yale School of Drama, graduating in 1955. At Yale she met her husband of 61 years, William Warfel. They married the day afterreceiving their degrees, and then Phyllis worked at the Yale Library andat radio station WADS in Ansonia. The couple lived in Hanover, NH andLeonia, NJ before returning to New Haven where Phyllis worked at theTheater Department of Southern Connecticut State University. During hertime there she directed several acclaimed productions. She was editor ofthe Yale School of Drama Alumni Newsletter for ten years, and herservice continues to be recognized by the school's Phyllis Warfel Awardgiven annually to the alumnus who has devoted significant service to theschool's alumni body. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by herbrothers Owen Johnson of Potomac, MD and Dr. David Johnson of Tucson,AZ, daughters Arden Lowe of South Hadley, MA and Katherine Trudeau ofEast Hartford, grandsons Joshua (Jill) and Ryan Lowe of South Hadley, MAand Jeffrey Lowe of Ithaca, NY, as well as granddaughter Melissa Trudeau of East Hartford and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church New Haven, Saturday,May 12th at 11:00. There are no calling hours. Phyllis's family wouldlike to extend their deepest gratitude for the outstanding staff at TheAtrium, who, through their compassion and skilled expertise, made herfinal months comfortable and free of pain. In lieu of flowers, thefamily wishes memorial donations to be directed to: 1) Christ Church NewHaven, 84 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511 or online at www.christchurchnh.org/giving
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