Phyllis Leskowsky Shimko (Griffin) Sweely

Phyllis G. (Griffin) Leskowsky, Shimko, Sweely

January 2, 1930 - December 12, 2012

SALEM - Only child of Harold B. Griffin of Sunderland, Vt. and Gladys M. (Knapp) Griffin of Arlington, Vt. At 13 they moved to Bennington Vt. where she later graduated 1st in her class of 1948, receiving the Ethel Dewey Memorial Scholarship. August of that year, she married Walter J. Leskowsky of Hoosick Falls,N.Y. They had 3 children-Sonya Kihs Black, Debra Jensen Martino, Gary Leskowsky. Grandchildren-Robert Kihs Jr, Brandy Black, Chris Jensen, Christina Jackson, Matthew Leskowsky, Mark Leskowsky, and 11 Great-Grand children.

In 1955 she became one of the youngest women Real Estate Brokers in the state of Vt. and N.Y., owning her own business Southern Vt. Real Estate from 1955 to 1961.She married Andrew Shimko of New Milford, Ct. on Dec. 2, 1960. They moved to Shaw, Or, where they opened The Yankee Peddler Antique Shop in 1962. Then moved to Aurora in 1963, opening one of the first Antique shops, Aurora Colony Antiques in the former Dr. Geisey House, and later to the Pythion Building. In 1966 she and her husband, Andrew started the Oregon Bottle Collectors Assoc. She later wrote a book, Sarsaparilla Bottle Encyclopedia. In 1976, they bought a house in West Edmeston,N.Y., spending years restoring it. In 1983 they sold the shop in Aurora and moved to N.Y permanently. Andrew passed away Mar. 29, 1997. In 2000 she sold the house to a couple from Roseburg, Or., that had moved their logging business to N.Y. She then had 3 auctions and moved back to Or. To be close to her children. Later that year she met , Louis Sweely .They married Sept. 21, 2002, he survives. She was antiquing right up to the last year. Knitting to antiques, painting to wallpapering, tearing down houses, to building new ones, We asked her one time, is there anything you don't know how to do, she replied plumbing and electrical. That was our Mom, A Jill of all trades. There will be a memorial at Aurora Community Cemetery at a later date.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 3, 2013