Phyllis was born in Clinton, on March 27, 1929, the daughter of Peter and Lucinda Bott Dierks.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Andover.
Phyllis attended Clinton County Schools and graduated from Miles High School in 1948. She was employed as a dental assistant in Clinton at a children’s dentist and orthodontist office for three years until she married Harris Bratthauer on Sept. 9, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. She worked part-time as a dental assistant while Harris served in the U.S. Army in Korea. They started farming in 1955 near Bryant. In 1963 they purchased a farm near Bryant. She worked in partnership with Harris in the daily farming activities and bookkeeping for the farm. Harris passed away May 19, 2004.
Phyllis was a member of the Clinton County Rural Letter Carriers, Caring Circle at Faith Lutheran Church, the Clinton County Homemakers and County Antiquer’s.
She loved her many flower gardens and being outdoors.
Phyllis is survived by three children, Steven (Janis) Bratthauer, of Bryant, Scott Bratthauer, of Bryant and Sherilynn Werner, of Clinton; three grandchildren, Ryan, Corissa and Nolan; four great-grandchildren, Audrey, Ryne, Anna and Arianna; five stepgrandchildren, Kris, Michael, Chad, Stephanie and Bill; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Phillip, Seth, Kassandra, Jacinda, Piper, Kaydence and Odin; three sisters-in-law, Pat Dierks, of Preston, Darla Bormann, of Preston and Ruby Bratthauer, of Sabula; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son-in-law, Steve; a daughter-in-law, Kim; a brother, Lester; and an infant brother, Glenn.
A memorial has been established.
Online condolences may be left at papefh.com.