Phyllis J. Lewis
1928 - 2020
BORN
1928
DIED
2020
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Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home
615 First St.
Nekoosa, WI
Phyllis J. Lewis

Wisconsin Rapids - On August 8, 2020, Phyllis Jean (Hansen) Lewis passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Born on May 21, 1928, she was 92 years old. A lifelong Wisconsin native, Phyllis was well-loved in her hometown of Waupaca and throughout the central Wisconsin tri-city area, where she lived most of her adult life. Phyllis was the mother of six children whom she raised well and loved fiercely. Despite her large family, Phyllis always made time for everyone, ALWAYS offering a smile to each person she met. She worked tirelessly to provide for her family and would proudly boast about all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Phyllis was predeceased by her husband of nearly 63 years, Donald J. Lewis, her parents John P. and Elsie D. (Rasmussen) Hansen, and her brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Alice Hansen. She is survived by her six children: Chad (Julia) Lewis; Trudy (Howard, dec.) Kinn; Tracy (Karen) Lewis; Kevin (Tammy) Lewis; Shawn (Sonia) Lewis; Cheryl (Brad) Esser; 21 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. (An excerpt from a poem written by one of her grandchildren follows: "You've been there since the beginning. Mother of my mother. Soft hands, eyes that never judge, patience beyond measure. I treasure every moment and every memory. Thank you for being there - always.")

Phyllis found the positive in all situations, never speaking of the countless sacrifices she made so that her family didn't go without. She had many hobbies, but some of her favorites were dancing, knitting, reading, puzzles, cribbage, games, and spending time with her family. She especially loved children and she had many honorary grandchildren. She and her late husband ran a few family businesses - The Drift Inn, Castle of the Brides, and The Windmill. She also worked at Conley's, The Mead Inn, and Wilbern's for many years. Phyllis attended First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids and was a devout Christian.

A celebration of life will be held once the pandemic passes and no one's safety is at risk. May her beautiful, selfless soul rest in peace.





Published by Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2020.
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She made me feel like family, even tho the "bloodline" was very thin and faint, that didn't matter. Such a wonderful lady. I look forward to seeing her spirit in the next world.
Jeanene Peterson
Friend
August 25, 2020
She was a beautiful neighbor. I also got to know her better when Don was at Edgewater and later when visiting at the apartments behind Ripple Creek. She always had a smile and showed love to everyone. She liked the rhubarb from our garden so she could make rhubarb pudding. She will be sadly missed. A big hug for each family member.
Mike and Barbara Callahan
Neighbor
August 19, 2020
Your mom was so much fun when I worked at L&L downstairs from the Castle. What a great lady!
ROGER SCANLAN
Acquaintance
August 19, 2020
Deepest sympathies to Phyllis’s family. I enjoyed playing Bunco with her. She had a delightful personality and added much fun to the games.
Julie Millard
Friend
August 19, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have such fond memories of Phyllis. The Tribune article about Phyllis was wonderful! We would see Phyllis at the YMCA. She always shared a story of one of her kids or grandkids. I have great memories of the Drift Inn. Also hearing all the stories of Don & Phyllis going to Florida and where ever with my parents Fritz & Lil. Be strong! Your Mom & Grandmother was a wonderful lady. Trudy hope all is well.
Pete & LaDon Jacoby
Pete & LaDon Jacoby
Friend
August 19, 2020
Great memories of her at the Y in the pool and out for breakfast. Always a twinkle in her eye. What a great smile. My condolences to the family. May your happy memories of her surround you at this time.
Crystal Weis
Friend
August 16, 2020
Never has there been someone so kind, loving and selfless! I am Grandma Phyllis’s STEP-grandchild, and I can truly say I was blown away year after year when she would send me a birthday card and remember me at Christmas, often with a handmade gift! My love goes out to the Lewis family. The red cardinal I see in my yard each morning is my reminder to be a little more like Phyllis!
Sarah
Family
August 15, 2020
When I think of Phyllis, I remember her practicing line dancing in the basement of the Moravian Church. She was always pleasant and friendly.


Dawn Wesenberg
Acquaintance
August 14, 2020
We loved her she was always there to help. I bought part of the inventory from Castle of the Brides and she worked for me to help me get started.
May she rest in pease
Barb Fischer
Barbara Fischer
Friend
August 14, 2020
Trudy & family, thinking of you and your family today. I hope that you can cherish all of the good memories, the kindness & love that Phyllis shared with so many. Peace.
Rich Stenerson
Friend
August 14, 2020
I would like to extend my sympathy to The Lewis Family. May God wrap his loving arms around your family and comfort you.
Phyllis-May you sleep in heavenly peace
Steven Janz
August 14, 2020
A beautiful lady who brought a smile to my face every time I saw her. Her zeal for life was unbeatable. You will be missed by so many. I imagine you’re doing some dancing in Heaven!!
Charlene
Friend
August 13, 2020
Grandma Phyllis was a wonderful lady and loved by many. She always had a smile and was a very active lady attending as many events as she could. May she rest in peace.
KATHY McGRATH
Friend
August 13, 2020
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