Phyllis Mulkerne
1958 - 2017
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Phyllis Mulkerne 1958 - 2017
WHITESBORO, NY - Phyllis Mulkerne, age 58, passed away, suddenly in the arms of her husband, on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Phyllis was born in Queens, New York, the fourth child and only daughter of Mary Cicione Giegerich and Edmund Giegerich. Phyllis grew up in Massapequa Park, NY, and graduated from Massapequa High School in 1976. She attended Nassau County Community College and SUNY Utica-Rome, earning her BS in Nursing in 1980.
Phyllis worked at Little Falls Hospital, as a charge nurse, in the medical surgical unit, from 1980-85, and was employed, in the ICU, at St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, NY, until 1988. Phyllis then worked as a high-tech nurse with Oxford Home Care for 30 years. An extremely skilled and devoted nurse, she found her niche in caring for pediatric and young adult patients, advocating for all aspects of their physical and emotional needs. Her value to Oxford was immeasurable and her untimely passing has left a tremendous void. Phyllis's many years of loyalty and dedication will always be appreciated.
Phyllis met her life partner and true love, Brian Mulkerne, soon after moving to Utica, in 1978. They immediately and intensely connected, and were united in marriage in June 1985, a 38 year union that would last the rest of her life and lead them to build a warm, loving home for their family. The Mulkernes enjoyed visiting Cape Cod, MA, and the Finger Lakes region, enjoying live music, hiking nearby Adirondack trails, taking long drives together, and hosting gatherings for family and friends.
Phyllis and Brian together raised three children, Sean (of London, UK), Emily (of Queens, NY), and Joseph Mulkerne (of Chittenango, NY). Phyllis was a devoted mother, singularly focused on providing for, guiding and comforting her children throughout her life. She was a consistent source of strength and support to Sean and Emily as they have grown and relocated. Most importantly, she and Brian have been tireless guardians to their autistic son Joseph, setting their needs aside to ensure his care and development.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Brian; her mother, Mary; her children, Sean (Laura), Emily and Joseph; her brothers, Edmund Giegerich (Denise), Paul Giegerich (Nancy) and Ronald Giegerich; and her dog Sadie.
The Mulkerne family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Tradewinds Education Center and the Kelberman Center, in Utica, NY, for their continued support to Joseph, and to family and friends for their thoughts and prayers.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, under the direction of Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, located at 40 Main Street, Whitesboro, NY 13492. Relatives and friends are invited and may call from 12-2 p.m., with a Memorial Service beginning at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Kelberman Center or the American Heart Association.
For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dfwefh.com.



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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2017.
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March 16, 2017
This Thing Between You and Me

Well its late at night, and were laying in bed
and I'm watching the shadows on the wall
My mind will wander when I can't sleep
and those voices start to call
Thoughts about the future fill my head
and I wonder how I'll find my way
But then I can feel you laying there by my side
And I know everything will be okay

I've had quite a life, I've got lot's to reflect on
Though I've never been far from here
And it never really mattered to me where I was
Just as long as you were near
I can't believe I've had you all to myself
For all these years gone by
I could never spend my life with anyone else
I swear I'll be with you till I die

And when that day comes, I know you'll hold my hand
And I'll look in your eyes and we'll smile
Because we both know we'll be together forever
Not just for a little while

Well you changed my world the day that we met
And nothings ever been the same
And I know in my heart, that long after we're gone
Our love will still remain
'Cuz our amazing children will carry it on
And nothing else will really change
They'll pass on the love that we've had together
There will always be a flame






Solo

So don't worry about the future (pause)
It's really not ours to keep
All we can do is do the best that we can
just have faith and take a leap
Because in the end, it all works out
And no one's really keeping score
And the things that today seem so damn important
Won't matter much anymore

So let's keep a smile on our face, and give ourselves a break
And try to give each other as much love as we can take
Because the only thing we have that's really at stake is each other

The only thing that's ever stood the test of time
Is this thing between you and me
It's all each of us ever really had in this life
Together we set each other free
It will never really end, it will always live on
Time doesn't really mean a thing
Because the love that we have, has a life of it's own
And it will last for eternity
It will last for eternity
Brian Mulkerne
February 21, 2017
So sorry to hear of your lost. Your wife was a very caring person. My deepest condolences to you and your family.


Sam Brodie Quebec, Canada
February 20, 2017
Brian and Family, Phyllis was my son, Jacobs, nurse for years. She was the smartest most competent nurse we had. Phyllis was a tremendous support to my husband and myself when things got rough. We are deeply saddened by her passing. Our sincerest condolences for such a tremendous loss.
Dale & Dorothy Raynor
Dorothy Raynor
February 18, 2017
My deepest condolences to you, Brian and to your family.
William Gazitano
Friend
February 18, 2017
Phyllis, I'll never forgot the good times we had May god wrap you in his love and light
Lori Roberts
February 17, 2017
Phyllis was a wonderful person.....they truly got a loving new angel in Heaven right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless. Love to all. Terry and Bob Jones
February 17, 2017
Brian and Family,

I just want to take this opportunity to extend my condolences on Phyllis's passing. I had the privilege of meeting her at various functions at your parents' home in Delmar, as well as at the Bethlehem Town Pool, and enjoyed talking with her.

Again, please accept my sympathies on your loss, and I'm thinking of you and all the Mulkernes during this difficult time.

Love,

Ellen
Ellen M. Hedderman
February 17, 2017
Brian, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Tim and Linda Potts
Tim & Linda Potts
February 17, 2017
I think of Phyllis as a loving wife and passionate mom who loved her family, home and always was ready to help anyone in time of need. You are in our hearts Phyllis forever.
Jim Boone
February 17, 2017
Brian: Our thoughts are with you and your family..Marie & Linda
Marie McCarthy
February 17, 2017
Very sorry for your loss. Bob Hebert
Bob Hebert
February 17, 2017
Brian,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Jean Verdegaal Fanniff
February 17, 2017
Dear Brian, Mary, Joe, Sean and Emily,
We cannot imagine the sense of loss you must feel and you are constantly in our thoughts. We loved the time we spent with you at your home for Laura and Sean's wedding and could not have felt more welcome. We are tremendously sorry we cannot be there to offer anything in person but we send our love and prayers from across the ocean.
Sarah, Matt and Henry x
Sarah Burton
February 17, 2017
Brian,

We are so sad to hear of your lovely wife's passing. Sending our love and condolences from NC.

Love,
The McGraw's
Suzanne McGraw
February 17, 2017
Brian- I am so sorry to read of your lovely wife's death. My sympathy.

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald
February 16, 2017
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
February 16, 2017
Dear Brian and family.So sorry to hear about the lost of your dear wife.I well remember your love for her. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Mary Pugh
Mary Pugh
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