Phyllis Grotz

Feb 2, 1922 – Apr 15, 2017

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Obituary

Phyllis Grotz passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 95, after a long and disabling battle with Parkinson’s disease.  She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Charles Grotz, daughter Pam Newell (Steve), daughter Gloria Elliott (Tom), son Gary Grotz (Kim), sister Dorothy Brunette (Rod), nine grandchildren (Lisa, Jessica, Lesley, Mark, Abby, Bridget, Claire, Peter, and Grace) and nine great-grandchildren ( Marin, Madeline, Max, Marcus, Owen, Jackson, Maya, Eva and Milo).   

Phyllis was born in Adel, Iowa to Mary and Luther Eyres, moved to Tacoma at the age of 11, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939.  She worked at the shipyards during WWII, and in June 1947 married Charles, the love of her life.  She was a devoted wife and mother, and felt the most fulfilled when she was caring for her young family, and her grandchildren.  An accomplished cook and homemaker, she loved to knit, sew and quilt.  She volunteered at Highline Hospital for over 20 years, working with mothers and newborns; participated in making and donating quilts for charity; and supported St. Francis of Assisi Church through the St. Joan of Arc Circle.   

Phyllis had a great sense of humor and made many friends over the years.  Even in a disabled state, she managed to make people laugh and was able to communicate her love for them.  She will be missed, and there is much gratitude for all the years we had with her.  The family would like to thank Phyllis’s wonderful caregivers, Joanne and Marie, as well as Franciscan Hospice for their loving kindness and support, especially during this past year.    

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 10:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 15236 21st Ave. S.W., Burien, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School.

http://www.stfrancisofassisisea.org/

Guestbook

Carolyn Ward
Orting , Wa
Apr 27, 2017

To Uncle Charlie and the Grotz Family ,

I will truly miss aunt Phyllis she was a wonderful lady and great cook. She always had a smile on her face.and a very positive attitude..I will always remember the laughter and good times we had.

Love

Carolyn

Joanne Paquette
Kent, WA
Apr 27, 2017

To the Grotz Family,

My Deepest Sympathy

May you find peace in the love & sympathy of the people who greatly love and cherish Phyllis.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

Joanne Paquette
Kent, WA
Apr 27, 2017

Peg Baisch Whitaker
Cle Elum, WA
Apr 25, 2017

Charlie, Pam, Gloria,Gary and families, What a long, full life Phyllis lived. It was comforting to read that she was able to at home with all of you. She lives in my memory as one of the beyond wonderful women who made our childhoods so full of love and caring, not to mention fun. I remember her as gentle, positive and welcoming.

Joe Baisch
Brinnon, Wa
Apr 23, 2017

Charlie, Pam, Gloria and Gary, Phyllis... What a GREAT LIFE! I fondly remember our childhood at Three Tree Point, growing up with these extraordinary parents, expecting all of us to be major contributors to our community. They succeeded..

Blessings from Brinnon.. Joe Baisch

Joe Baisch
Brinnon, Wa
Apr 23, 2017

Charlie, Pam, Gloria and Gary, Phyllis... What a GREAT LIFE! I fondly remember our childhood at Three Tree Point, growing up with these extraordinary parents, expecting all of us to be major contributors to our community. They succeeded..

Blessings from Brinnon.. Joe Baisch

Joe Baisch
Brinnon, Wa
Apr 23, 2017

Charlie, Pam, Gloria and Gary, Phyllis... What a GREAT LIFE! I fondly remember our childhood at Three Tree Point, growing up with these extraordinary parents, expecting all of us to be major contributors to our community. They succeeded..

Blessings from Brinnon.. Joe Baisch

Victoria Sherell
Atlanta, GA
Apr 23, 2017

My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dear loved one.  The Bible speaks about our span of life being 70 or 80 years if one is especially strong (Psalms 90:10) so your loved one was able to live longer than most. Though death is difficult to deal with, the Bible also speaks of the time of a resurrection when the lame will leap like the deer (Isaiah 35: 5, 6) and older ones who have died will live again. Take comfort in that beautiful promise from God. For additional information, please visit jw.org.

Marie Cruz
Burien, WA
Apr 21, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It has been a privilege and honor to have been able to serve Phyllis and Charlie Grotz.

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