Phyllis was born June 7, 1934, in DeWitt, to Clarence and Lillian Potter Hanssen. After graduating from DeWitt High School in 1952 she worked as secretary for the school until 1965. She married Ralph Jansen on July 10, 1954, at the First Congregational Church in DeWitt. Phyllis was a homemaker, raising three children. She later worked for the church as secretary.
Phyllis was a longtime and active member of the First Congregational U.C.C. in DeWitt. She was an avid bowler and served as president of the Cross-County Bowling League.
Phyllis also enjoyed knitting, coloring, reading, baking, camping, coffee with her friends, spending time with family, attending grandchildren’s activities, and cheering on her beloved Cubs.
She is survived by two sons, Kevin (Jane) and their children, Christopher, Kaytlyn, Kaytlinn (Adam) Barr, and Keeley; Scott (Jennifer) and their children, Brandon, and Will; and four great-grandchildren, Carter, Kaiden, Greyson, and Emmalinn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Michelle; and a granddaughter, Jaylinn.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the First Congregational U.C.C. in DeWitt. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt.
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